The Korean Hanbok Experience

I finally did the Korean hanbok experience! I put it on my Korean list to-do when I arrived. When I first came to Korea it wasn’t really a major attraction nor were there many places advertising this service, but over the last 3 years it has become a popular activity with tourists. I personally thought it was a great idea and opportunity to experience a new fun side of Korean tradition. So one Summer afternoon in June, I headed out to Jongno 2-ga to rent a hanbok.

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Leeum Samsung Museum

The Leeum Museum has been on on my museum list for a while. Before, me and my friend were always too busy to visit and then I left Korea.. Now, that I had returned the opportunity to finally visit the museum was a must. So on a rainy public holiday, these two art lovers set out to fulfil our museum goal.

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The Spring Lotus Lantern Festival

In my first post on the Seoul Lantern Festival, I referred to the one that takes place in late Autumn along the river. There is in fact two. This lantern festival is a month long and is in relation to Buddha’s birthday on 5 May.

I was invited by a wonderful new travelling friend to join in on the Spring Lotus Festival that took place on the weekend before Buddha’s birthday.

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Gwangbokjeol: Korea’s Liberation Day

Yesterday was the Korean Liberation Day, also known as Gwangbokjeol, which in Korean means The Day the Light Returned. This day is celebrated on the 15 August in both North and South Korea and commemorates the liberation of Korea from the Japanese Imperial rule in 1945 after World War II.  South Korea, along with its allies from the U.S.A and Russia helped over throw the Japan’s colonisation.

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10 things to know about Peru

Peru is not what I would call your typical destination to spend a year abroad, but I decided why not?!

Straight after graduation, I got an offer to work in copy writing in Lima, Peru. This was 2008, I was a fresh graduate and left for this adventure with only R5000 (US$500) in my pocket, no camera and not even a computer laptop.  After one year of living and working in Peru, I’ve put together this brief list of important things to know about the country. Whether you plan on going on a short or long term visit, these top 10 facts should help get you prepared for your Peruvian adventure!

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A Trip to Translyvania

Never, in my life would I EVER have thought I would visit Transylvania! The small town with a historical castle responsible for the infamous novel ‘Count Dracula’ by Brahm Stroker.
This trip was never on my personal itinerary. This was actually part of a week long business trip in Romania and they treated us to visiting Transylvania.

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Lovely Lyon

Paris offers many delights that will never leave you bored, however if you decide to visit
France do try and make an effort to see more of it. Paris is but a fraction of the country, and there is so much more to see in the other smaller cities. The best thing is that no two cities are alike! Each have their own vibe and have something unique to offer.

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Brussels, Belgium on a Big Budget

On a whim, me and two friends decided to do a weekend trip to Belgium! We were all on serious budgets, so we aimed for spending no more than 100 Euros! It was some post-Easter long weekend in Europe, so we decided to do a bit of traveling.

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Visiting Quasimodo: A trip to Notre Dame Cathedral

On arriving in Paris on my very first weekend, I did those open roof bus tours to get a quick overview of the layout of the city. Notre Dame was on the list, but I wanted to go on a grey and cloudy day to take the best photos. I felt the stone work and Gothic architecture would be perfect against a dull and grey day.

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Musee de Cluny: Tapestries and Turmoil

IMG_20150327_011048On yet another cold, rainy Spring day in Paris, I decided to to finally the see the famous Museum of the Middle Ages or in French Musee Du Moyen Age.
The actual building itself took me by surprise, as it was once an abbey to monks in the 1400s during Medieval Paris. The building started construction in the 1300s and was completed in the 1500s. It has housed many royal visitors over time, and now houses the museum with a really cool collection with a beautiful interior.

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