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
“Do you want to ride Dutch style?” Misha looked slightly giddy and unsure of my reaction. … More Riding Dutch style in Amsterdam
My memory is a tad-rusty, writing this almost three years, (three years?!) on but I’ll give it a whirl… During my six month South East Asian backpacking trip I stumbled across many eye-opening and mind-freeing sights. The family holidaying in a crater was no different. We were visiting the Javanese town of Bandung. We comprised … More Ever fancied a holiday in a crater? – Tales from Indonesia circa 2012
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’
As always, I was Mrs Rushmore, dashing to the boarding gate, I had ‘plenty of time’ the passport queue controller reassured me (lovely English!), as I reached the border control, standing with 40 minutes of pre-departure breathing time. This anxiety-free breathing time was only possible with the support of a non-English speaking Chinese man. I … More Holy cow, I’m in India!
After a few months of lesson planning I came to notice something. It wasn’t obvious to me at first, then suddenly it hit me. I used my lesson plans as a way for me to feed my insatiable desire to be curious (or nosy, prying, intrusive…). I often choose lesson topics based around what I want … More ‘I want to talk to Obama:’ The hopes and dreams of Korean middle school students
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
Happy birthday hangul! Hangul, the native tongue of Korea, proudly celebrated its 567th birthday yesterday. However, instead of receiving gifts, it generously gave away, giving workers of Korea a day of enjoying comfort- from anywhere outside ones workplace! October 9th marks hangul day, officially reinstated as a national holiday in November 2012, this mini mid-week … More (Green) tea-time!
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