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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
Cherry Blossom Festival in South Korea
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.
Things I learned in South Korea
Shoplifting: There is a list of cultural things you should avoid doing in South Korea. And I think I have just found out that shoplifting is on top of that list. Have you seen Shoplyfter series? It’s USA-based fantasy adult website, where females are punished for stealing and getting caught in some of the shops. It’s quite funny how popular it really became, I think there is a little thief in all of girls? 🙂 Take a look at Shoplyfter – and remember shoplifting in Korea is punished about the same way!
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 –
The most diverse and scenic Tourist Attractions in Colombia
Las Lajas Sanctuary
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.
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My Travels to South Korea and Colombia
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