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A Much Needed Update, My Latest Posts from Awhile Back

Hey all! Sorry about the recent lack of posting here, I have been blogging with Aclipse, but neglected to forward those links to this blog. Never fear though! The following are some of my more recent posts:

On Taking the GMAT

Thailand Travel

Tokyo

Kyoto

Jeju Island

Templestay

Family Visits Parts: I, II, and III

Sorry about the time lapse. I will be back home in the USA relatively soon, mid-June, but before then I plan on more travel and a lot more posting. See you then!

~Ariel

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Biking in Gyeongju, the Best Way to Spend Korean Memorial Day

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile, I’ve gotten super busy with social media marketing ever since my new post at Aclipse as International Marketing Assistant. Check out my blog posts here, and follow me on twitter at @arieldrosen for more Korea updates!

Anyway, Thursday was Korean Memorial Day, so everyone got off work! My friends and I decided to travel to Gyeongju to ride bikes and check out some historical sites. Gyeongju was the capital of Silla, an ancient Korean dynasty, (57 BC – 935 AD). There is also an amusement park there! But we’re saving that for another trip. It takes about an hour and half to drive there from Busan, but the drive was beautiful so no worries. Ok, here come the photos!

The first pagoda of the day!

The first pagoda of the day!

Important people burial hills

Important people burial hills

wide roads perfect for biking

wide roads perfect for biking

Cheomseongdae, a very old astronomical observatory from the Silla kingdom

Cheomseongdae, a very old astronomical observatory from the Silla kingdom

a horse and carriage!

a horse and carriage!

beautiful wide roads

beautiful wide roads

the best way to travel

the best way to travel

a field

a field

more fields

more fields

walking amongst palaces

walking amongst palaces

washing our hands!

washing our hands!

view from a pagoda palace

view from a pagoda palace

inside the pagoda

inside the pagoda

view from a pagoda palace 2

view from a pagoda palace 2

koi!

koi!

view from a pagoda palace 3

view from a pagoda palace 3

view from a pagoda palace 4, looking at another palace!

view from a pagoda palace 4, looking at another palace!

a diorama

a diorama

pagoda

pagoda

view from a pagoda palace 5

view from a pagoda palace 5

view from a pagoda palace 6

view from a pagoda palace 6

more koi

more koi

If I lived in the Silla dynasty, I would definitely want to live here.

If I lived in the Silla dynasty, I would definitely want to live here.

an old knarly tree

an old knarly tree

a stream

a stream

the original Silla irrigation system!

the original Silla irrigation system!

wide roads

wide roads

turtle scupltures

turtle scupltures

the Bell of King Seongdeok

the Bell of King Seongdeok

Look I'm ringing the bell! The palace guards are after me, run!

Look I’m ringing the bell! The palace guards are after me, run!

Wandering around the Gyeongju National Museum

Wandering around the Gyeongju National Museum

Wandering around the Gyeongju National Museum 2

Wandering around the Gyeongju National Museum 2

Wandering around the Gyeongju National Museum 3

Wandering around the Gyeongju National Museum 3

Wandering around the Gyeongju National Museum 4

Wandering around the Gyeongju National Museum 4

graves

graves

this one looks even older than all the other ones

this one looks even older than all the other ones

turtle sculpture!

turtle sculpture!

Beheaded buddhas

Beheaded buddhas

Beheaded buddha up close. No one meant to behead these, the clay is just not very sturdy and their heads fell off.

Beheaded buddha up close. No one meant to behead these, the clay is just not very sturdy and their heads fell off.

King Me!

King Me!

Buddha

Buddha

Buddha 2

Buddha 2

Buddha 3

Buddha 3

Amongst rice fields!

Amongst rice fields!

A Korean feast after a lot of biking

A Korean feast after a lot of biking

Amongst the flowers!

Amongst the flowers!

Well, I didn’t take any bike riding photos, I was too focused on biking, haha. But others did and they will probably pop up soon! Anyway, I love Gyeongju and cannot wait to go back again sometime. Hooray for holidays!

Miss you all!

나중에 봬요!

-Ariel

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A Thousand Years of Seoulitude: Weekend Return to Seoul!

Last weekend we had work off on Friday for Buddha’s Birthday, so we took the extra day and hopped on a bus to Seoul! Unlike my training week in Seoul a couple months ago, we had plenty of time to explore and be a tourist.

Me inside a hanger structure outside our hostel!

Me inside a hanger structure outside our hostel!

Me inside a soju bottle structure!

Me inside a soju bottle structure!

a cool building

a cool building

a colorful wall

a colorful wall

posing against a colorful wall

posing against a colorful wall

a hidden passageway leading to someone's backyard

a hidden passageway leading to someone’s backyard

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some reindeer sculptures

some reindeer sculptures

the subway crawling out of the underground and into the light of the city!

the subway crawling out of the underground and into the light of the city!

another cool building!

another cool building!

me eating squid

me eating squid

squid man

squid man

Ewha Woman's University, my future alma mater maybe in a dream of mine

Ewha Woman’s University, my future alma mater maybe in a dream of mine

the university continues, gardens galore

the university continues, gardens galore

an awesome staircase!

an awesome staircase!

me pretending I am just an ordinary student there no big deal

me pretending I am just an ordinary student there no big deal

the seal of the university!

the seal of the university!

why is there a statue of a MAN here. This is a woman's college!

why is there a statue of a MAN here. This is a woman’s college!

more beautiful gardens

more beautiful gardens

wow, the many ways to say hello!

wow, the many ways to say hello!

another sign

another sign

some graffiti!

some graffiti!

wow

wow

cool

cool

fun

fun

stellar

stellar

graffiti hoorah!

graffiti hoorah!

a man with a plan

a man with a plan

this is just a normal hair salon

this is just a normal hair salon

A flying turtle, cool!

A flying turtle, cool!

view from a soju hof, where you can get fancy soju cocktail things and fruit!

view from a soju hof, where you can get fancy soju cocktail things and fruit!

a cool building lit up at night!

a cool building lit up at night!

The next day was a bit gloomy, but we still managed to do some sightseeing.

oooooo a shell spire!

oooooo a shell spire!

a statue

a statue

Me, dressed as a king!

Me, dressed as a king!

We were all outfitted for free by the "I Am King" booth

We were all outfitted for free by the “I Am King” booth

the real king

the real king

some pillars

some pillars

The US Embassy

The US Embassy

a palace

a palace

a dog statue?

a dog statue?

Well, I tried, but I couldn't get him to smile.

Well, I tried, but I couldn’t get him to smile.

Another palace guard

Another palace guard

grilled meat!

grilled meat!

an omelette pancake thing that was delicious

an omelette pancake thing that was delicious

a festival/parade

a festival/parade

yay!

yay!

a pagoda park

a pagoda park

a very very old statue. so old, it was enclosed in glass!

a very very old statue. so old, it was enclosed in glass!

some sheep on a rooftop

some sheep on a rooftop

a butterfly girl

a butterfly girl

 

a changing of the guard

a changing of the guard

large drums are integral to this ceremony

large drums are integral to this ceremony

palace ceremony take 3

palace ceremony take 3

palace ceremony take 4

palace ceremony take 4

palace ceremony take 5

palace ceremony take 5

palace ceremony take 6

palace ceremony take 6

cool building alert!

cool building alert!

this one's alright too

this one’s alright too

another pagoda!

another pagoda!

pagodas in the middle of the city

pagodas in the middle of the city

fountain

fountain

a large bell!

a large bell!

Seoul was magnificent and we had a great time exploring. We stumbled upon some great things, like Korean bass tenors singing in art galleries and an amazing Stomp-like cooking show. I know we will be back soon to do it all again! And next time, we’re going to explore the DMZ!

Thanks for sharing this journey with me,

식사하셨어요? 안녕하세요!

Ariel

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Temple Lights and a Rooftop Petting Zoo

This weekend we explored the Lotte Mall in Nopo, which we knew had some great panoramic views from the roof. We didn’t know the place was host to a fountain show on the first floor and a petting zoo on the roof though! So that was a pleasant surprise. After touring the mall, we headed over to the Samkwangsa Temple, to see the many lanterns they were preparing for Buddha’s birthday next week.

The amazing dancing fountain at the Lotte Mall in Nampo, not only did the bottom of the fountain sway to the beat, but the top of it let down mist in different patterns! It was pretty darn cool. And totally beat the Bellagio fountain, sorry guys.

The amazing dancing fountain at the Lotte Mall in Nampo, not only did the bottom of the fountain sway to the beat, but the top of it let down mist in different patterns! It was pretty darn cool. And totally beat the Bellagio fountain, sorry guys.

The bathrooms at the petting zoo!

The bathrooms at the petting zoo!

some pigs

some pigs

some larger pigs

some larger pigs

bunnies!

bunnies!

more bunnies!

more bunnies!

and more rabbits!

and more rabbits!

Rooftop view

Rooftop view

docks leading out to sea

docks leading out to sea

Love locks <3

Love locks ❤

One of many lantern lined pathways

One of many lantern lined pathways

Preparation for Buddha's birthday celebration has begun

Preparation for Buddha’s birthday celebration has begun

lanterns up close

lanterns up close

Lanterns galore!

Lanterns galore!

Temple entrance

Temple entrance

Inside of the temple

Inside of the temple

View of the Daebo Pagoda

View of the Daebo Pagoda

Berry lanterns!

Berry lanterns!

Some parts of the temple are living quarters for Buddhists

Some parts of the temple are living quarters for Buddhists

Temple backyard

Temple backyard

Fierce rabbit warrior

Fierce rabbit warrior

and his friends. All of them represent a year from the zodiac.

and his friends. All of them represent a year from the zodiac.

white lanterns

white lanterns

Buddhist elephant!

Buddhist elephant!

The temple begins to light up.

The temple begins to light up.

A light up swirl machine

A light up swirl machine

lanterns around the base of the Daebo Pagoda

lanterns around the base of the Daebo Pagoda

Daebo Pagoda, constructed in 1997, and carved with 53 Buddhas praying for the unification of South and North Korea

Daebo Pagoda, constructed in 1997, and carved with 53 Buddhas praying for the unification of South and North Korea

Lantern views

Lantern views

Temple lit up take two!

Temple lit up take two!

A saxophone player leads the lighting ceremony!

A saxophone player leads the ceremony!

Last view of the lit up temple

Last view of the lit up temple

Phew, I know I keep saying this, but the weeks go by so fast here! Next weekend is Buddha’s birthday, so we are headed to Seoul. Talk to you again then!

 

안녕히 계세요!

Ariel

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Sweet Weekend Weather: The Beach and Gamcheon Village

Hey everyone! This weekend I hit the beach again! The weather is just too nice to stay inside or not listen to the waves while catching some rays. I also visited, and wandered around, Gamcheon Culture Village, which is a shamble of very colorful houses and steep narrow winding roads. It was pretty fun! Here are the photos:

The beach awaits

The beach awaits

Views from a cafe/curry noodle place we ate at

Views from a cafe/curry noodle place we ate at

more beach views

more beach views

the most adorable dog!

the most adorable dog!

running everywhere!

running everywhere!

some people learning to windsurf

some people learning to windsurf

the cutest little dog statues in Busan

the cutest little dog statues in Busan

The day after the beach day was dedicated to exploring! Specifically the colorful streets of Gamcheon Cultural Village.

One of the very colorful painted houses of Gamcheon

One of the very colorful painted houses of Gamcheon

some interesting bird scultpures

some interesting bird scultpures

nice cat drawing!

nice cat drawing!

small colorful side streets

small colorful side streets

planters yay!

planters yay!

a look at all the rooftops up the mountain

a look at all the rooftops up the mountain

a look at all the rooftops out until the ocean

a look at all the rooftops out until the ocean

a colorful fence

a colorful fence

Buddist temple

Buddhist temple

more street views

more street views

a beautiful doorway

a beautiful doorway

another beautiful doorway! This cultural village is basically a suburb we are exploring ha

another beautiful doorway! This cultural village is basically a suburb we are exploring ha

Buddist temple

Buddist temple

pink striped house

pink striped house

The Dustin Hoffman Hoff (bar/restaurant)

The Dustin Hoffman Hoff (bar/restaurant)

more roofs

more roofs

more city views

more city views

bird sculptures again

bird sculptures again

another view!

another view!

And with that the weekend blew by once more. I can’t wait to see what will happen next. I hope your week will be awesome!

야! 친구!

Ariel

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A Traveling Weekend! The Sea Parting Festival and Tea Fields of South Korea

This past weekend has been pretty busy too, but I’ve taken a lot of pictures don’t worry! First, we traveled by bus, about five hours, to the Jindo Sea Parting Festival. Here we go again:

Someone loves stuffed animals.

Someone loves stuffed animals.

They sell coconuts here!

They sell coconuts here!

View of the sea before its parting

View of the sea before its parting

More ocean views

More ocean views

People began to gather on the steps to the sea path

People began to gather on the steps to the sea path

More sea shots. I can't help it, too beautiful!

More sea shots. I can’t help it, too beautiful!

The statue of the myth behind the sea parting, a grandmother prayed for her family to visit her on an island, and the gods answered. The sea parted! Also look at this guy's hat, "Baby Girl" haha.

The statue of the myth behind the sea parting, a grandmother prayed for her family to visit her on an island, and the gods answered. The sea parted! Also look at this guy’s hat, “Baby Girl” haha.

Soon this sea will part!

Soon this sea will part!

Some festival festivities

Some festival festivities

Was that rock visible ten minutes ago?

Was that rock visible ten minutes ago?

Another festival performance!

Another festival performance!

There was also a puppy petting place. So cute! But also smelly. Is it possible for puppies to get too much attention?

There was also a puppy petting place. So cute! But also smelly. Is it possible for puppies to get too much attention?

Seaside painting!

Seaside painting!

I left my mark.

I left my mark.

Some awesome hats.

Some awesome hats.

They had booths from other counties! Hello Ecuador, very cool dances.

They had booths from other counties! Hello Ecuador, very cool dances.

Sea shots again

Sea shots again

People venturing out to the island, the sea begins to really part!

People venturing out to the island, the sea begins to really part!

Some people looking for clams on the shore, and some boats in the distance.

Some people looking for clams on the shore, and some boats in the distance.

More festival parades

More festival parades

People venturing out to the island, the sea begins to really part!

People venturing out to the island, the sea begins to really part!

posing in front of the parting sea!

posing in front of the parting sea!

and so the journey across the water begins

and so the journey across the water begins

some sea creature catchers revealed after parting sea

some sea creature catchers revealed after parting sea

There's a crab in this beautiful shell!

There’s a crab in this beautiful shell!

People used some metal picks to sift through the sand and find clams and crabs

People used some metal picks to sift through the sand and find clams and crabs

Here's one!

Here’s one!

I think the tide may be coming back in, retreat!

I think the tide may be coming back in, retreat!

last view of the parting sea

last view of the parting sea

a bun with something in it? maybe green tea paste? It was pretty good.

a bun with something in it? maybe green tea paste? It was pretty good.

That was the Jindo Parting of the Sea Festival, the next day we bused it to the Boseong tea fields!

This is a last view from where we stayed the night in Mokpo, another fishing town.

This is a last view from where we stayed the night in Mokpo, another fishing town.

some flowers by the entrance to the tea fields!

some flowers by the entrance to the tea fields!

rows of tea take one

rows of tea take one

on the trail to the top of one of the tea hills!

on the trail to the top of one of the tea hills!

hedge shot, very Alice in Wonderland-esque

hedge shot, very Alice in Wonderland-esque

flowers among the fields

flowers among the fields

view from the top! can you see the sea?

view from the top! can you see the sea?

a moth!

a moth!

awesome trees

awesome trees

the mountain trail

the mountain trail

a brook

a brook

more trees

more trees

rows of tea take two

rows of tea take two

flower shot

flower shot

fields of green

fields of green

last look at the fields, so pretty and quiet!

last look at the fields, so pretty and quiet!

The tea fields were just so calming and gorgeous. Even better though, was the green tea ice cream they sold there. Fantastic! I had three. Couldn’t resist. I also picked up some green tea cookies and some matcha green tea mix.

It was overall a fantastic travelling weekend. Hope you all enjoyed the pictures! I miss you!

너무 보고 싶었어요.

Ariel

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One More Weekend Comes to a Close

Time moves so quickly here! I’ve already got my third week under my belt. fourth, if you count training in Seoul. This weekend I went to the beach, contributed to a pot luck yacht party, ate some super fresh fish at Jigalchi fish market, and went to the beach again, to see some stormy weather. Time for pictures!

Beaching it!

Beaching it!

Beach sailboat!

Beach sailboat!

Posing korean style on the beach

Posing korean style on the beach

I cannot stop taking beach pictures, just too idyllic

I cannot stop taking beach pictures, just too idyllic

dog walker alert!

dog walker alert!

I could sit here forever

I could sit here forever

a cool building on the walk back to jangsan!

a cool building on the walk back to jangsan!

Sun and Fun Haeundae Beach

Sun and Fun Haeundae Beach

My first encounter at Jigalchi, a crab bent on escape!

At Jigalchi fish market! This crab was about to escape!

At Jigalchi fish market! This crab was about to escape!

octopus galore

octopus galore

fish central

fish central

fish chunks

fish chunks

this lady ripped off the head of a live octopus while holding an entirely everyday conversation with a customer. She then bagged it, and gave it the guy with muscles still twitching. Woah!

this lady ripped off the head of a live octopus while holding an entirely everyday conversation with a customer. She then bagged it, and gave it the guy with muscles still twitching. Woah!

Not sure what these were..

Not sure what these were..

more squids

more squids

opened up fish

opened up fish

more fish selling

more fish selling

I ate some of these once! Like oysters, but a lot in one shell-type thing

I ate some of these once! Like oysters, but a lot in one shell-type thing

clams clams clams

clams clams clams

the fish market continues

the fish market continues

fishing boats

fishing boats

ocean views!

ocean views!

fish market indoors

fish market indoors

fish fish fish

fish fish fish

We wanted to try some of the sea’s glorious bounties, so we went upstairs to the restaurant section, where we haggled with a lady to buy some “bastard fish.” She seated us by the window, and then went down to haggle some more with the fish sellers to buy our fish! It was grilled, and really tasty.

fish we ordered in the upstairs part of the market! Before consumption

fish we ordered in the upstairs part of the market! Before consumption

After consumption. Devouring complete!

After consumption. Devouring complete!

The official Jigalchi man took our picture here

The official Jigalchi man took our picture here

two hands hold up the world outside

two hands hold up the world outside

Goodbye fish market!

Goodbye fish market!

in the outdoor mall nearby, after ice cream, we met a very photogenic golden man.

in the outdoor mall nearby, after ice cream, we met a very photogenic golden man.

The next day was a bit rainy, with some killer winds, but the beach was still gorgeous.

stormy seas ahead back in Haeundae

stormy seas ahead back in Haeundae

a stormy beach is still a beautiful beach to me

a stormy beach is still a beautiful beach to me

beach beach beach beach beach

beach beach beach beach beach

I predict that next weekend I will visit the beach again, haha. Talk to you then!

Miss you!

나중에 봬요!

Ariel

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Highlights From Last Weekend’s Holi Fest and This Weekend’s Trick Eye Museum!

I found some forgotten photos from last weekend’s Holi Fest, which is an Indian celebration to welcome spring. Everyone throws powdered color or paint at each other and dances and it’s really fun. I’m definitely ready for spring now. Phew! Here are some photo highlights:

All the people at Holi, and can you see the onlookers with cameras in the back? We were superstars.

All the people at Holi, and can you see the onlookers with cameras in the back? We were superstars.

Necessary beach jump picture!

Necessary beach jump picture!

phase one of face painting

phase one of face painting

Colorful dogs joined in too!

Colorful dogs joined in too!

So that was Holi, this weekend was also ripe for picture taking as we visited the Trick Eye Museum, a museum that was all sets for you to take pictures in. The sets and poses to take were pretty much endless, rooms and rooms and rooms. It was actually pretty exhausting haha. It was a rainy day though, so we had plenty of time to mosey through and laugh at ourselves. Here are some of the trickier ones, hard to tell if I’m real or a part of the pictures, right? Right?! Ok maybe not.

I'm in a picture! What a trick for the eyes!

I’m in a picture! What a trick for the eyes!

Yes, I have fantastic archery skills.

Yes, I have fantastic archery skills.

How did I fall from the ceiling, you ask? It's an eye trick!

How did I fall from the ceiling, you ask? It’s an eye trick!

Who is turning the page in this book? It's me!

Who is turning the page in this book? It’s me!

Yes, I am a celebrity.

Yes, I am a celebrity.

No sushi is too big to consume!

No sushi is too big to consume!

Elephants in Busan? Why yes, this is another trick for the eyes.

Elephants in Busan? Why yes, this is another trick for the eyes.

Floating poodles oh my

Floating poodles oh my

spaghetti cat!!

spaghetti cat!!

After the museum, it was still pouring, so we headed to Shinsegae, the world’s largest department store. It was buzzing with people, which was a little overwhelming, but I found and bought the cutest pillow! It has dancing rabbits, so the search through the crowds was worth it.

And on to the entrance of Shinsegae

And on to the entrance of Shinsegae

So many beautiful cakes!

So many beautiful cakes!

Looking up at Shinsegae, so many department floors!

Looking up at Shinsegae, so many department floors!

Well, that was that! Another weekend here successfully completed, rain or shine. I may head to the beach later today, I miss you all!

너무 보고 싶었어요!

-Ariel

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Exploring Busan Part 1: Cherry Blossom Hike!

This weekend I decided to explore my new city. My friend told me about a path that bridged Haundae beach (super close to me) and Songjeong Beach and went straight through where I’m living, Jangsan. She also assured me that it’s ripe with cherry blossoms at the moment. Needing no further convincing, we set out straight away!

The cherry blossom trail begins!

The cherry blossom trail begins!

I cannot take enough pictures of these trees.

I cannot take enough pictures of these trees.

A closer look at these flowers, they only bloom for like two weeks!

A closer look at these flowers, they only bloom for like two weeks!

Lighthouse in the distance

Lighthouse in the distance

Driving under the blossoms

Driving under the blossoms

Seaside views

Seaside views

Seaside views again

Seaside views again

Peek through the blossoms to see a city

Peek through the blossoms to see a city

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The first pagoda!

The first pagoda!

Inside views

Inside views

Another nook of this city by the sea

Another nook of this city by the sea

Another beach!

Another beach!

Pagoda number two

Pagoda number two

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an adorable bike

an adorable bike

the path continues

the path continues

more blossom shots

more blossom shots

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We made it to a new part of town, and can see a hint of the beach ahead.

We made it to a new part of town, and can see a hint of the beach ahead.

Toy museum, found!

Toy museum, found!

I think the whole museum may be full of these larger than life blown up cartoon characters maybe?

I think the whole museum may be full of these larger than life blown up cartoon characters maybe?

Across the tracks!

Across the tracks!

Past this sign!

Past this sign!

Past a bunch of different kinds of clams

Past a bunch of different kinds of clams

And past this bucket of crabs

And past this bucket of crabs

We made it to the beach! And I picked up a snack. It's like a fish cake thing on a stick. Pretty great after all that walking.

We made it to the beach! And I picked up a snack. It’s like a fish cake thing on a stick. Pretty great after all that walking.

Beach views

Beach views

Me trying out one of the public exercise/stretching contraptions before the next hiking trail. Pretty fun!

Me trying out one of the public exercise/stretching contraptions before the next hiking trail. Pretty fun!

I can't stop taking pictures of flowers

I can’t stop taking pictures of flowers

too beautiful!

too beautiful!

Lighthouse view

Lighthouse view

garden path

garden path

Lighthouse views number two

Lighthouse views number two

Another pagoda!

Another pagoda!

Up close

Up close

Fishermen!

Fishermen!

Further out, you can see some fishing nets

Further out, you can see some fishing nets

City by the sea once more

City by the sea once more

up another hill

up another hill

to another view

to another view

야! 친구!

-Ariel

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Hello Busan! Settling in slowly..

Alright so I took a high speed train and entered Busan. The weather is gorgeous here, and I haven’t been to the beach yet, but let me tell you, I cannot wait. My apartment is super close to one of the beaches, and although, I’ve been focused on unpacking and buying everything I need (hello Daiso! Korean dollar store :D) I plan to head out there as soon as possible.

I’ve been teaching this week too! And the kids are super cute. I don’t know if it’s the Ariel the little mermaid rules chart I made, or the fact that I’m new, but they’ve been super well behaved. And so adorable! They’re really trying to learn, and I’m eager to teach them.

Ok, photo roll!

My first glimpse from a taxi window: ferris wheel, beach, blue skies

My first glimpse from a taxi window: ferris wheel, beach, blue skies

more blues skies and apartment buildings

more blues skies and apartment buildings

just too pretty for me to stop taking pictures haha

just too pretty for me to stop taking pictures haha

snapshot of the Busan subway rails. They play classical music when a train is arriving!

snapshot of the Busan subway rails. They play classical music when a train is arriving!

A spicy kimchi stew! And side dishes, of course.

A spicy kimchi stew! And side dishes, of course.

A night on the town! Just kidding, it's dinner in my apartment.  The most amazing cheese flavored chips, kimchi kimbop (korean sushi, kind of), and Doctor Who!

A night on the town! Just kidding, it’s dinner in my apartment. The most amazing cheese flavored chips, kimchi kimbop (korean sushi, kind of), and Doctor Who!

My apartment! Bed, rug, and several chairs

My apartment! Bed, rug, and several chairs

So, my window looks out into another window, not the greatest view haha. But I'm determined to fill my window ledge with flowers!

So, my window looks out into another window, not the greatest view haha. But I’m determined to fill my window ledge with flowers!

Kitchen and computer

Kitchen and computer

Doorway! Welcome all!

Doorway! Welcome all!

That’s all for now!

Miss you!

나중에 봬요!

Ariel

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