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Confessions from a skinny girl.{Tell all Thursday}

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If you have just started following along then perhaps you may have missed that over the past month I have been ranting  talking about simplicity, confessions, surprises, greener grass, making differences, and being content. I’ve decided that I would like to delegate Thursdays as a day where I talk about my life, love, things I am passionate about, and what makes me tick. Since it’s already Thursday in Korea I’d like to present you with my very first official “Tell All Thursday.”

Almost every woman that I have ever met has thought negatively about their body in some way. I mean, it’s extremely hard not to, right? We are bombarded by a society of consumers telling us to buy the latest lotion, lip gloss, skin care, purse, shoes, or clothing item. The list goes on and on. Media tells us the more we purchase the better we will feel about ourselves. It’s not just women either. Men out there. This is for you too.

The pictures we see in magazines, movies, and commercials. They tell us we “need” it. We “must” have it. They try to create a sense of urgency and desperation so we purchase (and continue) to purchase their products. The pressure women face can often be self-inflicted, but society surely isn’t making it any easier.

While being in Korea I have come to the realization that just because they are #1 in medical tourism doesn’t mean that America is any different when it comes to beauty image. It’s kills me that middle school girls think that eye lid surgery is making them more beautiful. It’s happening all over and not just Korea. I am a petite woman. If you’ve met me you know I stand 5’2 on a good day. I have genetics that have allowed me to eat what I want, when I want, and how much I want of it. I have been 105 pounds for as long as I can remember ( I actually don’t own a scale so that could be different now!) Before you start raging and shaking your fist at the screen first, listen. In America I have literally been asked questions like “Are you anorexic?” – Well, um no. I am not, but you’re freaking rude. Does that count for something? I’ve been told my entire life “You’re so tiny. You’re so small. You’re so skinny” YES, I am. Do you think I don’t know that? I am a small person.  I get that. Does it make you feel better to say it out loud? I wouldn’t tell a bigger person “Wow, you’re really big.” I just wouldn’t. It’s rude.

My point is this: No matter where you are, if you’re a human I would guess at some point you’ve compared, felt bad, or tried to perfect your body. Sometimes we do it unintentionally. We see a picture and we compare ourselves to what we looked at. ” I like her hair. I want her hair. I wish I was taller.” – I’ve been there. We all have. It’s time we stop giving compliments based on appearance and start giving compliments based on a person’s morals, values, and what makes them who they are. Before I go off on a rant again I would want you to know this:

You are beautifully and wonderfully made. You are perfect. People can make it so hard. Don’t give up on yourself and most importantly don’t give up on your confidence. You are worth it. Life is worth it. You are a gem. A gem that is unique. One that can not be replaced.

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Gaedo (Gae Island)

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It’s already been over a month since we took the trek to Gaedo on September 28th!

We are loving living just a quick boat ride away from so many gorgeous islands. Yeosu, our home city, is full of islands to visit just a hop skip, and a jump away. If we haven’t been hiking/camping we have been exploring islands. Gaedo marks our 8th island we have visited since moving to South Korea in April.

It rained most of our day trip to Gaedo, but we didn’t let it rain on our parade.

It was the island of cows. Seriously though. It was.  We trekked through trails overgrown fields up and around three hill climbs. The views of the sea littered with even more islands was completely stunning, but the cows were everywhere. I felt like we were back in Wisconsin. Lisa and I wouldn’t make eye contact with the cows as we passed them.  Just kept our eyes on the prize of the trail lost somewhere under the tall weeds. I am pretty sure these massive creatures of muscle were tied to the ground by a rope…although I am not entirely sure. What’s to say with a pull of their massive tree trunk legs they couldn’t snap the rope and charge at us? Tom trekked through ahead not even phased by the bulls who kept letting out what sounded like a cry-for-help-kinda-moo. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day we spent on Gaedo. A beautiful little, quaint, and quiet island somewhere in the Sea off of Yeosu, South Korea. Tom has documented the trip extensively here for those who may want to venture there yourself. It’s spectacular. You should.

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Our trail.

A trail that once was.

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We made it through the cow invested field.

We made it through the cow infested field.

Lisa in the weeds.

Lisa in the weeds.

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Snuck in a picture with this guy. ;P

Snuck in a picture with this guy. ;P

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Back on flat ground

Back on flat ground

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Why I live for last minute trips- Jinju Lantern Festival

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Last week Tom and I scored four days off from work!

We had planned to hike and camp three National Parks while making a summit on 10 total mountain peaks on Thursday/Friday/Saturday (October 3-5th) of our long weekend.

We had both had pretty busy starts to our short week of work. It was over my daily coffee/break time on Wednesday with my Korean coworkers that something had caught my attention. My coteacher mentioned and begun to frantically show me pictures of the Jinju Lantern Festival.

…and it looked seriously AWESOME.

I got busy teaching classes and distracted with lesson planning. When 4pm hit I shot Tom a text prying to see if maybe he was interested in making a quick stop at the Lantern Festival on a whim before our big hiking excursion.

We weren’t packed for our big weekend of hiking/camping. We didn’t really know where in the city of Jinju the festival would take place. We didn’t know how to get there, how far it would be, where we would stay, or what time the festival ended. With a bit of teamwork speed packing, the help of my coteacher to translate festival info, and lots of excitment…we hit the road! We found out it was just a quick hour and a half car drive away from Yeosu. We arrived around 9pm in the city of Jinju. Checked into a cheap motel, and walked a few blocks to the Namgang river.

…and then I proceeded to walk around like a kid in a candy store for the next 2 hours… Stopping my kid in a candy store state to snap photos like a madwoman.

The Jinju Lantern Festival originates from the lantern lighting used during the Japanese Invasion in Korea that took place in 1592. The lanterns were used as precaution to try and prevent Japanese troops from crossing through the river. The festival takes place on Namgang river in Jinju, South Korea.

It was my absolute favorite festival we have been to in Korea. We had the perfect fall weather. The lights were so beautiful. We walked around the Jinju temple, both sides of the river, and stopped to snack on delicious Korean street food. We also had fun naming the countries that some of the lanterns displayed. The U.S was represented by a Statue of Liberty lantern!

I love last minute trips. For the spontaneity. The excitment. The element of surprise. The anything-can-happen vibes.

How could you not love a festival of lanterns?

Jinju Lantern Festival at a glance:

Putting our wishes on the wishing wall!

Putting our wishes on the wishing wall!

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Getting ready for our close up :)

Getting ready for our close up 🙂

Traditional Korean clothing.

Traditional Korean clothing

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These lanterns were created by students.

These lanterns were created by students.

View from the bridge overlooking the river

View from the bridge overlooking the river.

Exploring the Jinju temple
Exploring the Jinju temple

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The citizens of Jinju were able to purchase these lanterns in advance and write their wishes on the lanterns in the tunnel. There are over 30,000 of them!

The citizens of Jinju were able to purchase these lanterns in advance and write their wishes on the lanterns in the tunnel. There are over 30,000 of them!

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Each festival in Korea had the opportunity to have a lantern representing their city's specific festival

Each festival that takes place in Korea had the opportunity to have a lantern representing their city’s specific festival.

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Taking a break with some delicious street food snacks :)

Taking a break with some delicious street food snacks 🙂

Getting ready to release our "wish" lantern into the water!!!

Getting ready to release our “wish” lantern into the water!!!

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My favorite picture...

My favorite picture…

This week, This Past Weekend, and in 90 Days.

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Wow! It’s been an incredibly busy week over here and it’s only Tuesday. The good news is that we have a 3 day work week this week which means 4 days off to travel Korea. I am super excited to hike/camp this weekend, but I have hardly had a second to think about it as my “to-do” list continues to grow and grow. Do you have weeks or days when you feel like you can hardly keep up? I love being busy, and I love the chaos (I know I am crazy for loving it, right?!) BUT I am really looking forward to 4 days of hiking/camping with my partner n’ crime along with our friend Pat starting tomorrow when we will make the trek a few hours away for some awesome hiking and camping.

This week:

Featured Expat

I’m now officially a “featured blog” on the Expat Blog website (a website with TONS of amazing blogs from expats living abroad!!!) Which I am pretty pumped about. Take a gander over to my new blog listing here and leave me some love in the comment section at the bottom of the page. To my fellow travel lovers out there: take a look at their “country listing section” where you can check out over 1,977 blogs sorted by country of interest. I have said hello to hours of awesome blog reading while planning my dream trips/ must see countries!!! Our “must see” travel list just keeps growing.

This past weekend:

WE explored yet another gorgeous island which you can read all about HERE where my awesome husband documented our entire day trip/ hike. He’s pretty darn cool. I am glad we are married.

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In exactly 90 days:

We are going to Mexico. YUP MEXICO! For my dear friend’s destination wedding that I am in. EEP! I am so beyond excited. Tom and I didn’t plan on traveling from South Korea to Mexico since it is quite the hike, but we are so excited to be spending time with them in Mexico AND I am thrilled to stand next to such an amazing friend on her wedding day. We will spend 5 days in Mexico for the wedding with an (extremely) quick pit stop back in Wisconsin, USA to see our family for just 5 short days.

Katie and I in back when we both lived in Fiji in 2009. SO thrilled to be in this gals wedding on her big day in January.

Tom and I both have to be back in Korea to teach English winter camp right after the wedding so it will be a whirlwind of a trip (not to mention the insane jet lag I am sure we will have!!) but we are really blessed to be able to take the opportunity to spend time with our family even if it’s just a quick few days.

Lastly, after the quick 5 days in the USA as well as 5 days in Mexico we will have around 10 days left of vacation to use come end of January/ Early February after we teach winter camps. Right now the top 3 countries in the running to visit in February are as follows in no particular order:

Indonesia

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Philippines  

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Thailand 

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Which one would you choose? All of them are new to Tom and I so maybe we will just roll the dice?!? How do you decide when they all look equally amazing?

Lastly, travelin friends n’ family: Any tips on overcoming jet lag fast? I’ll probably ask this question again as we near the big trip to Mexico/ Wisconsin. We need all of the tips that we can get.

Love to all you from South Korea.

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Something about a beach…

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There is just something about a beach.

Being at the beach. Toes in the sand, playing in the ocean, camping on the beach, having a bbq at the beach. I think you know what I mean. It’s peaceful. It makes life seem so simple.  Your worries seem washed away in the continuous waves that crash at the shore.

It’s at the beach where I love “people watching” the most.

Everyone seems happy. I especially love watching little kids at the beach…they just seem so happy with not a care in the world. The other day Tom and I had BBQ on the beach for a little date night dinner… it was so fun to watch the sun set below the mountains in the background. I got to watch kids play in the sand, people swim in the ocean, and people of all ages walk by chatting for a few hours. It was lovely. It was fun to be at the beach, but also not be “in the action” just observing this time. It was also the perfect end to a long day at work! I can’t tell you enough how much I LOVE living by the beach. I wonder how I ever survived living without plentiful mountains to hike, and gorgeous beaches to visit. I thought I would share some of my favorite beach moments, and thought it was the perfect time to do so… Now that beach season is in FULL EFFECT! To start off some oldies…but goodies:

The most beautiful sunsets in Fiji

The most beautiful sunsets in Fiji

Just another beautiful Fijian sunset.

Just another beautiful Fijian sunset.

Bonaire Island (Just to the East of Aruba) visiting a friend from high school who lived in this little slice of paradise.

Bonaire Island (Just to the East of Aruba) visiting a friend from high school who lived in this little slice of paradise.

View from the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic!

View from the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic!

Like I said... always happy at the beach! Our wedding in the Dominican Republic.

Like I said… always happy at the beach! Our wedding in the Dominican Republic.

Jangdeung beach. Yeosu, South Korea. (My favorite!)

Jangdeung beach. Yeosu, South Korea. (My favorite in Korea so far!)

Hard to see because I had to zoom in so far...but check out the cute little girls walking arm in arm (on the left)

Hard to see because I had to zoom in so far…but check out the cute little girls walking arm in arm (on the left)

Jindo, South Korea

Jindo, South Korea

Cute kids playing in the sand/sun! Jindo, South Korea.

Cute kids playing in the sand/sun! Jindo, South Korea.

Ungcheon Beach, Yeosu, South Korea.

Ungcheon Beach, Yeosu, South Korea.

Love the feeling of sand between my toes. Please excuse my crazy tan lines!!!

Love the feeling of sand between my toes. Please excuse my crazy tan lines!!!

Camping (nearly) on the beach. Namhae, South Korea.

Camping (nearly) on the beach. Namhae, South Korea.

Stumbled upon these deserted beach in the fog. Jeju Island, South Korea.

Stumbled upon this deserted beach in the fog. Jeju Island, South Korea.

Do you love the beach? Or do you prefer the mountains?

In the midst of the Wisconsin winters I would close my eyes and picture myself at the beach. I think I was born a beach lover!

Jangheung Water Festival

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This past weekend we headed to Jangheung the rural city where our friend Amy (who was in our wedding!) lives. She is wrapping up her year in Korea so it was fun to visit the tiny little city one more time.  The first time we visited Jangheung was in April when we first got to Korea. It was spring weather and the town seemed as if it hadn’t yet come out of it’s winter shell.

This time the small little city was BOOMING! With water, water, water galore! This past weekend July 26th Jangheung celebrated it’s water festival. What water festival wouldn’t be complete without bare handed fish catching, the biggest water fight EVER (complete with techno music and fire truck hoses)… sand wrestling, pools, river kayaks, fountains, and zorbs on water. Oh, and not to mention Koreans dressed in costumes! The food was AMAZING. I had Turkish food/ ice cream, Tom had a giant hot dog, and we shared this delicious banana crepe rolled into a little pot sticker type thing. They had food from all over the world!

We had a great time staying cool AND it was free. So that was awesome.

Take a look:

Where the water fight took place!

Where the water fight took place!

post water fight. Drenched and HAPPY!

Post water fight. Drenched and HAPPY!

It was SO HOT!

It was SO HOT!

Fishing in the river- With NETS and hands!

Fishing in the river- With NETS and hands!

From river-to net- to box!

From river-to net- to box! Tom thought about trying it until we saw EELS in the nets. ICK!

Your guess is as good as mine...

Your guess is as good as mine…

Little pools set up all over to keep cool.

Little pools set up all over to keep cool.

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The view from the bridge. Tom and DJ walking along the foot massage path, Korean sand wrestling, Amy/Tom/ Me     :p

The view from the bridge. Tom and DJ walking along the foot massage path, Korean sand wrestling, Amy/Tom/ Me :p

School’s out for a MONTH!

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So first semester of school is over tomorrow!

My students go on break for “vacation” until September 2nd. I have memories as a kid of summer vacation being a week at the lake, lots of time playing outside, ice cream, and camping!

and while it is hot here like summer… Most Korean kids will be attending “Hogwons” or private schools in the summer to study.

Starting next week I will be teaching my summer camp! My summer camp is 2 weeks long from 9 to 12.I have 3 & 4th graders together, and then 5 & 6th graders together. In the afternoon I will “desk warm” which is just time at the desk. I am actually really excited to have time to blog, catch up on TV shows, and read.” I can do whatever I please… just need to be at my desk. My summer camp theme is “Summer Olympic Games/ Around the world.” I am really excited, because I think the kids will love being active. I want to give them a chance to get up and get MOVING! My school wanted me to create an English summer camp that was “fun.” My kids love games so I hope they get really into it. I’m pretty excited myself. Some things I am most excited for: Making piñatas, teaching them the game “steal the bacon”, designing and creating an Olympian, teaching them about other countries, water balloon toss, and MANY MANY relay games!!!

I decided I wanted to incorporate teaching them about other countries as I feel passionate about traveling, and want to expose my students to other cultures other then their own. It’s so fun being able to incorporate pieces of who I am into my teaching here.

I wanted to post a few pictures of my kids who make teaching SO fun.

Sweet girls who always visit me at my desk :)

Sweet girls who always visit me at my desk 🙂

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I love his shirt! :)

I love his shirt! 🙂

Love my Friday "country school"

Love spending Friday’s at my “country school”

We are always dancing!!!

We are always dancing!!!

This past Monday we had a ceremony to welcome exchange students from Thailand to our school.

There was singing...

There was singing…

...dancing!

…dancing!

...and Taekwondo!

…and Taekwondo!

My kids make teaching awesome 🙂

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What we now know about Korea that we didn’t know then (part 2) ….

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There are some things you just can’t learn until you experience it for yourself.

Tom and I were talking last night, and he said to me ” I knew nothing about Korea before we got here except the Korean War.” I started to think about it and the more that I did I thought out loud “Yeah, you are right. I really didn’t know anything at all either.” I mean, I knew what we had seen in pictures, and even though they say a picture speaks a thousand words a picture doesn’t let you experience it first hand.

So, here we are. Living and teaching in Korea. I first wrote what we now know about Korea that we didn’t know  after we had been here just a week. Well, to no surprise we have made more discoveries…and I’d like to share!

1. In general, Korea has an awesome transportation system. Buses, trains, taxis, and ferries can literally transport you (almost) anywhere that you need to go. I am still shocked by how you can take a bus anywhere in our city, and also take a bus to  cities all over Korea.  I would also add: Ride at your own risk! There have been times I have gasped out loud as the driver almost took the bus on two wheels around a corner. They all aren’t like that though! Just once in a while.

2. Not all Koreans are short. Not at all! Yes, I think there are more short people here, but I can tell you with confidence almost ALL of my 6th graders are taller than me. I stand 5 feet and 2 inches tall so it isn’t hard to be taller than me…but I think many people have the mindset that “Koreans are all short.” I have a picture to prove that this simply just isn’t TRUE! For those who haven’t met my husband he stands about 6 feet 4 inches tall.

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3. I am not sure that there are strict traffic rules here- especially when it comes to parking. I have seen cars parked in the middle of the road, blocking other cars in, parked on a sidewalk, and blocking off a side road.  Motor bikes/moped type things drive on the sidewalk, and every time one is coming at me or behind me I think my heart skips a beat! They don’t really slow down either. So there’s that.

4. So on the topic of motor bikes. You can have almost ANY type of food delivered to your door from ANY restaurant within minutes and it will come on a motor bike. They also come back to pick up the bowls/chopsticks when you are finished. It’s a pretty clever little system if you ask me. We have yet to try it because our Korean isn’t really quite up to par yet to explain what we want and our apartment address in korean. One day soon though we will make it a goal. Just get out of the way when they deliver the food. Those bikes zoom through traffic lights, and drive on sidewalks ( like I said in #3)  They have a place to be so beware!

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5. Korea rocks at open air markets. I love that we are supporting local, and that it’s fresh veggies/fruit. I have ranted and raved about the markets. I can’t say enough how much I love them! photo (3)

6. I love the specialized shops within walking distance of our apartment. If you need paint you go to the paint store. If you need hiking gear you go to to a hiking shop. Watch broken? Fix it at the watch store. You get the point. I love that we can support individual shops.

7. Your TP is most likely not in the stall. So don’t forget to grab it before you go in. That’s all I am gonna say about that.

8. Customer service is awesome! I actually don’t mind going to the bank or any sort of government office here. Back in the states I DREADED the DMV or visits to the post office. Here SPEED is everything. Including shipping/ordering packages online. Things come fast. Like crazy fast. Packages from a Korean company come in 2 days tops! No matter where it is coming from. I’ll also add that I love the button you push at the table when you are out to eat! Every restaurant has them, and you push it when you need something. A waiter or waitress will come promptly to your table once the button is pushed.  Why didn’t we think of that?!

9. Hiking is awesome AND every where.We plan to explore this place in Korea soon!

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10.  When it’s hot outside you eat hot things! This is one I struggle with the most. I am used to soups on a cold winter day back in the states. Here, Koreans love to have a temperature hot (and often times spicy food) on the 85 degree days. My co teacher told me ” Elicia, outside is hot your insides must be hot too.”  I told her in the winter I will eat all the soup I can get… but that is the last thing I want on a hot day!

Oh Korea! The things we will learn about you as time goes on.

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The Best of Yeosu

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So, we have been in Korea almost 3 months.

These past three months have flown by SO fast! It seems like we have been in Korea forever as we feel really comfortable here, but at the same time these past 3 months have flashed before our eyes. We are still discovering bits of the city we now call home, but also doing more of what I call “regular life things” like shopping at our local market, working out more, unwinding at night with a documentary or a new show we are watching called Friday Night Lights. I thought it would be great to do a 3 month recap of our favorite places in Yeosu thus far. Ideally, I would love to make part 2,3, and 4 after 6, 9, and 12 months of living in Yeosu. We’ll see though 😉 No promises yet.

I’ll first start by saying that we LOVE hiking. I don’t talk much about it on my blog, because Tom is doing a great job documenting every single hike we do here.

Favorite Hike- Horangsan Mountain

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Favorite place to shop- (hands down) the open air markets! 

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Favorite After School Adventure- Beautiful Odongdo Island

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Odongdo is a cute little island that you can walk out to from Yeosu!

Most relaxing thing to do in Yeosu Sunset Stroll and Turtle Park

sunset stroll with this guy ;)

sunset stroll with this guy 😉

Yeosu is lovely!

Yeosu is lovely!

Turtle Park is nestled in a neighborhood near our apartment called Yeocheon. Love watching people here!

Turtle Park is nestled in a neighborhood near our apartment called Yeocheon. Love watching people here!

Favorite beach- (by a landslide) Jangdeung beach

A gorgeous beach nestled in the country side has the best scenic views, and the most gorgeous beach. We took a city bus about 45 min to this beach!

A gorgeous beach nestled in the country side has the best scenic views, and the most gorgeous beach. We took a city bus about 45 min to this beach! I talked more about this beach here

Favorite Temple- Jinnamgwan Temple

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At the entrance!

At the entrance! Start of Date night.

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Stone man from 1592

View from the temple looking out!

View from the temple looking out!

Favorite Coffee Shop- IMI Coffee! 

Imi coffee also has live jazz music once a month. We caught free jazz music in June.

In Yeosudong (our neighborhood name) Imi coffee also has live jazz music once a month. We caught free jazz music in June.

One of our favorite places to eat (because this is too hard to choose) nicknamed ” Pork Palace”-

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Located in our neighborhod of Yeosudong. When it wasn’t too hot they kept the door/windows open which was awesome. They also smoke the pork before we cook it on hot coals at our table. 😉

Favorite place for entertainment- Yeulmaru  ( after visiting the temple Tom and I continued date night here! Duo piano concert 5$ a piece 🙂 Cool concerts, and cool art on display.

Love the fountains!

Love the fountains! Gorgeous brand new facility just built a year ago.

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My Favorite Candid Moments that I caught in a photo! (because these were too cute not to post)

Grandma dancin with the little boy :)

Grandma dancin with the little boy 🙂

My kids racing into school. Love my Friday's at the country school.

My kids racing into school. Love my Friday’s at the country school.

Hard to see ( I was far away and had to zoom in with my phone) but I love hand holding so I had to snap a pic!!!

Hard to see ( I was far away and had to zoom in with my phone) but I love hand holding so I had to snap a pic!!!

I know I have said this before, but I don’t think we could have picked a more perfect city to meet our interests. I think we are pretty spoiled with the mountains for hiking, and the beautiful beaches now that the weather feels like we live in a tropical rain forest. For any of you that know me I would also like to officially announce that I am FINALLY not cold. I can’t get enough of this heat. I have never felt humidity like this before, and although my hair is a crazy curly mess… I am loving the sunshine!

 

Do you have a favorite place you like to go back to time and time again? Or do you experiment with new places? I have a feeling our “favorite” places in Yeosu are ones we will visit time and time again.

Namhae (in a nutshell) Island Kayaking, Camping, Sangju Beach

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Namhae is an island that is to the East of where we live in Yeosu. On Saturday, Tom and I took a bus to Suncheon, and then transferred on a bus to Namhae! Total travel time from Yeosu was about 2 hours. First stop a 4 hour kayaking adventure trip. I had heard great things about this man named Julio who runs a kayaking adventure business. We found his number online, and he spoke excellent English! We waited at the bus station once we arrived in Namhae for Julio to pick up our group of 7. We drove about 25 minutes to his shop near the sea, and also right near the famous German Village. Julio told us that in the 1960’s many Korean nurses and miners were invited to work in Germany in exchange for pay. Germany had a high need for more workers while Korea had skilled workers, but not the money to pay for the jobs. After living and working in Germany some Koreans had married Germans, and wanted a place to come back “home” to.  An area of Namhae was created as a place for these Korean/German families to come back to Korea, and live peacefully. According to my husband Tom there are only 3 of those original families still living in Namhae…as they are probably in their mid 80’s by this time. We spent the afternoon kayaking/exploring. We had a delicious German beer in the German village after our adventure, and caught a local bus to Sangju beach. Namhae has about 48,000 residents, but is becoming a popular destination for visitors. They are known for growing spinach, garlic, and rice. There are plenty of “pensions” (cheap hotels) to stay in…or set up a tent, and sleep under the stars. Another thing I love about Korea is you can just about camp anywhere for FREE!

Sangju beach is gorgeous with beautiful sand. The downside to this is that the beach had many people camping there. Tom and I are more about secluded/quiet beaches, but the views at Sangju were stunning, the sand felt like silk, and the water/beach was CLEAN! I highly recommend it. The one downside to Namhae is that the local buses don’t run as frequently as we are used to in Yeosu. (you can almost always catch a bus to anywhere in Yeosu within 15 minutes) Namhae covers a BIG portion of land…there are taxi’s, but from the bus terminal to Sangju beach it is about 20,000 won or 20$ American dollars. Many people rent cars to explore! Although, of course you can do it without one as we did. Just keep an open mind to waiting for a bus, or flagging down a taxi 🙂 We found lots of information about Namhae Island here and information on Julio’s kayaking here (Note: Julio’ place has moved from Dumo village to near the German village)

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I am a lucky lady ;)

I am a lucky lady 😉

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Taking a break in the German village with some good beer!

Taking a break in the German village with some good beer!

Beautiful views on the bus to Sangju beach

Beautiful views on the bus to Sangju beach

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Headed to the beach!

Headed to the beach!

Sanju Beach

Sanju Beach

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Our weekend in a nutshell! 🙂