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  • Do's and Dont's in South Korea and Colombia

    Getting by safely and without offending cultural sensibilities in South Korea and Colombia needs different sets of rules.

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  • Cultural Differences in Colombia And South Korea

    The two countries poles apart economically; one is an extroverted, enthusiastic Latin American culture; another is a quite Confucian country where there are complex social hierarchies and quite rigid gender roles.

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  • The Interesting Past of Korean Martial Arts

    The history of Taekwondo and other martial arts are old and rich. There are royal tombs from Korea’s ancient past with murals in which figures could either be dancing or fighting.

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 Welcome to My Blog


 

Sarah

Where I rave (and sometimes complain) about my experiences living in Colombia and South Korea, and hope it serves as a guide for others like me. Two very different cultures, yet similar in some respects. Both out of my comfort zone, which is why I decided I had to check them out, conquer them in a way. “You’re moving to Colombia? Alone? A single woman? That’s a terrible idea!”were the words that I heard when I let my friends know I was leaving to teach in Colombia. “Why???” said everyone. Why not? The resistance was exactly why I felt my decision was the right one. Though it wasn’t always easy. Not in Colombia, and especially not in South Korea. When you’re in a country where you’re obviously a foreigner, there are little challenges that come up on a daily basis. If you’re adventurous, as I am quite a bit of the time, you’ll find these little challenges thrilling, opportunities for learning.

 

South Korea Trip

Spectacular Tourist Attractions in South Korea

Gyeongju

Cheomseongdae Observatory

Jogyesa

Cherry Blossom Festival in South Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Hallasan

Seoraksan National Park

Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond in Gyeongju

South Korea was very different from Colombia, and in thinking about it, I realized that I had gone there with some preconceived notions about the country. In my year at Seoul (with some trips to the countryside) I went on to revise most of my ideas about South Korea.

South Koreans are not all obsessed with appearance, test scores (over experience), work, alcohol, buying things and other stereotypes. At least, not any more than the average person in a modern, capitalist country. And they are not all small. There were some women in my school about my size.

 

 

My Favorite Quote

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.”

                                                                                                                       – Mark Twain –

 

Colombia Trip

The most diverse and scenic Tourist Attractions in Colombia

Las Lajas Sanctuary

Museo Botero

Teleférico de Monserrate

Gold Museum Bogota

Tayrona National Natural Park

El Peñón de Guatapé

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Los Nevados National Natural Park

I had been warned against going solo in Colombia. But I don’t regret it, even after some hearing some horror stories that, I’m ashamed to rejoice, didn’t happen to me. Somehow I escaped the worst of misogyny and violence that some other women I met told me they experienced.But I also saw the friendliness of Colombian locals. And I learned and was forced to speak Spanish, a language that I didn’t know before I went, would become such a big part of my life.

 

 

 

Journey Blog

Travelogue Created Through Comics, Sketches, Illustrations and Collages

How do you keep record of the places you’ve traveled to or lived in? Do you store photos on your […]

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How to Pack for Travel Sketching

All you really need for travel sketching is interest, a love of travel, a love of sketching and some simple […]

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Memories Come Alive - Preserve The Golden Moments In The Form Of Collages

Preserving memories of golden moments from holidays exactly as you experienced them is not easy. Photographs carry some of the […]

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A Beginner's Manual of What to Do In Colombia and South Korea

If you want to know the first steps in making life easier during your move to Colombia and South Korea, […]

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My Travels to South Korea and Colombia

 

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