The Squid of Samcheok

20 09 2012

Lazy again. So bad. And I’ve had so much going on. Oh well. Another attempt to at least post regularly.

For no reason really I’ve been missing Korea lately. A few house related drama’s here as well as change of jobs has me maybe missing the more simplified existence that was living in Korea. Simplified but oh so great. Even 30 months after leaving I still miss the place (and my students) daily.

So, photos from Korea. This time around it’s from a beach around Samcheok, Gangwon-Do. This was approx 1 hour drive from Taebaek but a stunning beach.


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Depending on time of year, you can encounter squid drying in the sun. They are caught at night on one of the many squid boats and then hung up to dry. The pictures speak a thousand words, so please enjoy.

The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid Wench
The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid Lady
The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid of Samcheok

The squids themselves are delicious. My favourite way to eat them is lightly grilled and served with ice cold beer. It makes the perfect bar snack.

Just looking at these pics again brings back so many happy memories. Such a magical country.





Penis Park, Part2

3 04 2011

Thanks to the popularity of my previous post about Penis Park, here are some more pics. The story is on my previous post, if you haven’t seen that, go read

Peculiar Place of Korea : Penis Park

What more can I say. If you ever find yourself in Korea, make the effort, get the bus or train, do the travel and visit. Its one of those unique places in the world that you’ll never forget. Its also a beautiful part of the world and well worth a visit, even without this place.

Go, visit. Enjoy.

Chest High

Proud

Bad Teeth, Big ...

Phallic Zodiac

He Forgot Something

Not to Scale

Feminine Penis

Happy Happy

Uncountable

Sprouting Out

Triptych plus One




Spanish Friends and their discovery

3 04 2011

Unbelievable. Actually, thats not strong enough. Lets try that again.

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Thats better.

Seems the fine folk of Spain have discovered my blog, well, one page of it at least. Specifically my blog post about Penis Park in Samcheok, Korea.

Peculiar Place of Korea : Penis Park

What did they do?

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Thats hits per day. Usually around 25 is normal. I got over 8000 after being translated into Spanish and posted on a site called meneame. The comments some have left me, after translating by google, are great. A selection :

Korea’s secret weapon: the gun cock …

Korea is the country with the size of the world’s smallest penis. that irony

another example of the proverb is no coincidence: “Tell me what you brag about …”

this type of news is what you need after a shitty day, reading news of wars, crises and petty politicians, I’ve got a few laughs with photos of the park and the comments above are great jajajja
I go to sleep with a smile
Thanks!

reminds me of that novel that he wrote Mr. Garrison on South Park. “It was like a forest of penises.”

I’ve photographed without my consent!

and my favourite

It looks like a Seville nightclub at 5 am, all full of turnips.

Stay tuned, by popular demand a few more pics will get posted soon.





2010, a year in review

4 01 2011

2010 might possibly have been the most unusual year I could have imagined. From living on different continents, travelling through many countries, working, not working, we’ve done it all.

We started 2010 in Sydney, but living in Korea.

We then flew to China to continue our vactations.

Back to Korea for a few weeks, finishing everything up, packing, shipping stuff around the world and saying goodbyes. Sad time.

Leaving Korea for the last time, our adventure awaited.


visited 23 states (10.2%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Thats a list of the counties visited from leaving Korea to returning to Australia. We worked ourselves continually west, mostly overland, but with a few flights as required by time or distance.

I’ll try to pull together a better map with arrows, but basically we did :

Korea, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Italy, France, Andorra, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco, Spain, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, USA and at long last, Australia.

A good start on the world.

Returning to Aus, we lived and worked in Sydney for a few months while the parents were off exploring the country, but ultimatly have ended up in the land of the

Thats right, Tasmania. Hobart specifically.

We had visited a few times, visiting our good friends at

We liked it and decided to make a go of living here. The cool weather and clean everything helped.

Of course, we didn’t have jobs lined up when we arrived. We had both put a few applications in but its hard to apply and be taken seriously from out of state. But, after being here a few weeks, some interviews happened and I landed a great job at the State Library of Tasmania in the Systems Development and Support department.

Since then, we visited Sydney for xmas 2010, returned back to Tas in time for the Taste Festival and New Years Eve, and now its 2011.

I worked it out, and I think I was working for only about 10 weeks of 2010. Some of that was intentional, some unwanted, some optimistic. However, the travel was AMAZING. So many amazing things, places, people, foods and experiences. Hard to beat. Its so sad that so many people talk about doing something but never take the plunge and do it. 3.5 years in Korea and I don’t regret any of it.





Love letter, bad english, student love

11 08 2010

Ah, this brings back some memories.

Its a love letter that one of my students asked me to try and help him write. He did this initial draft all by himself, pretty impressive actually. Obvious heavy use of dictionary or internet translations.

The story behind it is that the girl he was interested in spoke excellent English, so he figured that an English language love letter would impress her. I think it worked 🙂

To my lovely XX
Hi XX. You are a girl who is being written on someone’s diary and I am a boy who cannot but look at the picture of the girl everyday. Probably, I may be the boy and You must be girl that I always think.
I’m holding a pen at night when a lonely star is sobbing saddly.
Before one knows, the paper was fulled with loving you.
The blue sun in the dark has left for me. New sun which will rise tomorrow is waiting for me.
If you have me, you love me, your sun will be forever.
It’s true for me to give up my life by loving you. I cannot live without loving you. That I was born is only for you. AND! I’m really capable that you will be happy.
Please pardon me who send my mind with a letter. I hope to know whether you want me or not. I wait your answers forever. Can you receive me?

I actually have the original hand written version around somewhere. I need to dig it up and scan it. Its brilliant.

Did I mention that he was only 15? Not a bad effort at all.





1 week, 4 countries

9 03 2010

You know, when you travel it’s hard to keep things like blogs updated. However all the walking and doing stuff tends to lead to exhaustion and demotivation with blogs.

So, where are we and what are we doing? Let’s work backwards from now covering the past week.

2 hours ago we arrived in Veliko Tarnovo by train. Where? Basically it’s central Bulgaria. We took the overnight train from istanbul which leads up into Bucharest, but decided to head on to Bucharest in a few days time. The trip itself was a bit odd. Getting woken at 3 am to jump off the train for immigration was odd. The fresh snow on the ground was nice but sooooo cold at 3am. A bit of time getting a passport stamp leaving turkey then onto the duty free store to buy the conductor 2 cartons of cigarettes. He isn’t. Allowed to buy them himself but since he was nice and helpful and I was not exactly awake I agreed.

Next was the Bulgarian immigration. At least this time they did this on the train. Still it was an hour or so after the Turkish version. All finished at about 4.30am. About the time the train heaters stopped working. It was snowing out and felt cold enough in for the same.

Awaking about 10am from a fitfull sleep I was given a large brandy by the guy in the cabin next to us, and a horrendous instant coffee by the conductor. Arriving in Veliko Tarnovo our promised lift didn’t materialize, but a quick call to the hostel and we were in a cab.

Before Veliko Tarnovo we spent 3 nights in Istanbul. Wonderful city. Possibly my favourite out of all those I’ve visited. Nowhere else is there that much mindblowingly cool stuff to see and do. The blue mosque, the hagia sofya, hippodrome, bosporus etc. Added to that, we caught up with ex-taebaekian Rebecca who is living and working in Istanbul. It was so nice to just relax for a few days and not have to do all of the touristy stuff as we did most things while we were here last time around. That’s not to say we sat in the hotel and watched tv. Anything but. Rebecca took us out to a few places that were much more local. Local to the point of getting stuck in hours of traffic. Of well, it was great fun.

Before Istanbul we spent a few days in Frankfurt. Why did we fly all the way to frankfurt and then back to Istanbul? Simple. We used frequent flyer points for the tickets and Asiana don’t fly to Istanbul.

Frankfurt was a bit odd. It felt like quite a large city except seemed to be lacking big city people numbers. It was a fun place but isn’t a massive tourist city.

Hopefully soon I’ll have a bit of time to go thru the pics so far and post a few of them up.





The end is nigh

20 02 2010

It’s Sunday. In Seoul. Long weekend. Unemployed as of today. FREEDOM!!!!

What a week. I had thought that packing up our lives in Sydney was one of the hardest things to do. Yes it was hard but nothing like packing our Korean lives up. That was physically and emotionally draining on all levels.

When we left Sydney we thought we were only leaving for one year. We would be back soon and would see all our family and friends again relatively soon. One year turned into over three but we have returned to Sydney multiple times, seen the people and places. Packing up and leaving Korea feels so much more permanent. We won’t come back in a few months to settle back in. We might not see any o our friends , Korean and foreign, again. We won’t be able to visit Seoul for the weekend again. It’s much more permanent a move his time around. And that makes it so much harder to do.

The past week has been a blur of packing and sending some things home. Sending much more to the bin. Selling some things online and some to friends in town. Every night was a farewell dinner of some kind. Teachers dinners, dinners with Korean friends and their families, dinners with the foreigners, generally saying goodbye to everyone. Much more difficult than leaving Sydney ever was. I guess as foreigners finding our place in a small country town we have put down deeper roots than most. Still, I wouldn’t change any of it. Comingto Korea was the best decision we ever made.

Next. Mmmmm. Next. First is frankfurt for a few days. Then on to Istanbul for a few more and then we head west. Wear until west is finished. And then, who knows.