March 2012

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The Best Seat is Atop a Bus

by Audrey March 26, 2012

On that particularly hot Bolivian afternoon, I managed to sweet talk the driver into letting my friend Alyssa and me ride on top of the bus.  It’s probably not the way parents hope their daughter is travelling around rural Bolivia, but if you had to choose between a stuffy cabin with screaming children and a prime seat with 360 degree views, the fresh breeze blowing in your face, and locals waving as you drive by, which would you choose? Despite it being a short journey, the driver was a bit apprehensive about letting the two of us ride on the [...]

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Climbing Namsan and Dressing the Part

by Audrey March 23, 2012

There’s something about climbing a mountain that makes you want to go just a bit further. You want to see what’s around the next bend, over the next slope in the land, and before you know it, you’re almost within reach of the summit. That’s how I ended up at Namsan; though with a 262 meter peak, it hardly qualifies as a mountain. I wasn’t planning on hiking that day. I took the bus into Seoul with the idea of walking around whichever neighbourhood piqued my interest. After wandering down a few alleys I ended up in Namsan Park, and [...]

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I Think I’m Falling for Seoul

by Audrey March 18, 2012

Yesterday was my one month anniversary in South Korea! It’s hard to believe I bid Canada farewell a month ago. It feels so natural being here – more like home than my real home, which is kind of strange, but I think that’s simply because I’m doing what I wanted to be doing. What can I say, Seoul has me smitten! I live just outside the city, but every weekend is an excuse to head back into the place I’m quickly growing to love. Yes, I’m saying love after one month here. So what have I managed to pack into [...]

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A Little Portuguese Flavour

by Audrey March 10, 2012

I was day-dreaming of Portugal yesterday, not just because I’m pretending these Siberian winds aren’t blowing over Yongin, but also because of the food. I’ve been trying a lot of new dishes since I arrived in South Korea, from grilled eel to bibimbap and samgyeopsal. Some meals have been tasty while others have been merely filling and won’t be repeated. That got me thinking about the best meal I have ever had – it was in Lisbon. I spotted a small restaurant on my way to the Basílica da Estrela. The simple exterior didn’t speak the establishment’s praises, the tables [...]

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Eel on the Grill

by Audrey March 4, 2012

Eel would certainly not have been my first choice when it comes to dinner, but I am quickly discovering that in South Korea it is common to order a group meal, and therefore a bit trickier to please everyone’s palate. Not wanting to be the new foreigner who squirms at the sight of odd delicacies, I waited apprehensively for this water snake to make its appearance at my table. A large platter of eel marinated in an orange sauce was promptly plopped next to me. My new friend picked up a pair of scissors and began cutting the chunks of [...]

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And Then She Went to Seoul

by Audrey March 1, 2012

I went to Seoul for the first time this past Saturday. It was bitterly cold, but I enjoyed the city so much that I just had to return on Sunday. My first stop was Gyeongbokgung, of course. The Palace of Shining Happiness left me dreaming of centuries past and looking to the future; with apricot trees and cherry blossoms, these grounds can be nothing short of beautiful in the spring time – and that’s just a few weeks away! I spent close to three hours simply strolling the complex and admiring the architecture and intricate paintwork – and Gyeongbokgung is [...]

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