Have you ever been to the cinema whilst travelling? Here’s my story of watching ‘Woman in Black’ in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia, and why I’d encourage ocassionally doing something familiar on the road. … More “Make it stop” – Cinema going, Indonesia
I’ve always been a glass half full kinda gal. There I am looking pretty chirpy. I was finally granted 8 of my precious 15 annual holidays. Beginning it in true Laura-style. Late. I was subway-ing, after ditching the bus that would probably have missed me my flight to the KTX station. Final destination (not the … More The ‘Airplane situation’
Korea offers many experiences alien to the Western world. The 찜질방 (jimjilbang) is no exception. ‘Bang’ holding a meaning far from its western counterpart, denotes room, ‘jimjil,’ denotes hot bath. Put plainly, a jimjilbang is a gender-segregated area for naked cleansing. A place for Koreans, old and young, tall and small, hairy and not so hairy; … More A jimjilbang initiation
Two months belated, this post dates back to September (구월 gu wol), the time when Koreans donned their hanboks, overspent on spam gift sets and set out on a 3-day food extravaganza in celebration of the traditions of their ancestors. Chuseok (추석), generally believed to date back to the Silla Kingdom (approx. 57BC), the time when … More Treating our taste buds in Kyoto with Emi @ Uzuki Cooking
Travelling in South East Asia, moving to Korea, teaching, living alone in a foreign country, starting a blog and exposing my thoughts to the virtual world… I always strive to do things beyond my personal realms of comfort. And this week is no different, with the latest edition of nerve-creating activities being the purchase of … More A little something that scares you…
One of Korea’s wonderful traits is the importance it places on community. This is no more evident than with locals regularly visiting a place where they can communally sweat and wash, a ‘jimjilbang’ (찜질방). A jimjilbang is a public bathhouse providing bathhouse services such as pools, massages and saunas. (Although I’ve only experienced the high-end … More A delicious treat in the Korean heat
Following my Thai debut on a two-wheeled vehicle, I was apprehensive about getting back on the proverbial horse. My first taste of Amasia occured last January when my boyfriend and I set sails for Asian seas, first stop: Thailand. Upon arrival there were so many new sights, smells (often uninvited), and experiences to enjoy. But … More Tales on Taiwanese Time: Adventures on Two-Wheels
With a non-plan plan I made my way to the airport. Nursing a fuzzy red wine/maekju (beer) head and utterly enjoying the fluttering of butterflies in my stomach. I finally had a legitimate reason to disembark on the mechanically voiced prompt of the light rail ‘Gimhae international airport, you may exit on the right,’ yes … More Tales on Taiwanese time: Arrival on Formosa
Aside from Korea, I’ve never experienced a lone travel adventure, always enjoying them with my boyfriend Nick’s accompaniment. An opportunity for a four-day weekend adventure arose and as Nick’s currently off filling Mr Irwin’s shoes, saving the furry beings of the land down under, I took this opportunity to fulfill the bucket list wish of … More Tales on Taiwanese time!
Cherry Blossom festival: Jinhae, Gyeongnamsam-do Journey: Gimhae to Jinhae Koreans and weather are like Danny and Sandy, salt and pepper, fish and chips, they go together! So sure enough when I heard the words rain and Saturday bandied around on the forecast front, it was an unfortunate ‘near cert’ a damp weekend lay ahead. Saturday … More Soggy blossoms didn’t dampen our spirits!