Camping in the Caribbean: Tayrona National Park

Camping in the Caribbean: Tayrona National Park

Taroko, Terelj, and Tayrona. Is it a coincidence that the last three national parks I’ve explored have started with the letter T? Tayrona, however, is located far from the others–outside of Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. A couple months ago, José and I embarked on a last minute trip to Tayrona, taking advantage of our […]

Staying with nomadic Mongolian families: part III

Staying with nomadic Mongolian families: part III

Day 3: I arrived at the third family’s home, where I met my host mother and her two grown daughters. One of the daughters and I walked towards the forest to collect kindling for the wood stove. As I piled fallen branches into my arms, I remembered a moment during my exchange semester at the […]

Staying with nomadic Mongolian families: part I

Staying with nomadic Mongolian families: part I

While your father is alive, get acquainted with people, while you have horses, go and see far away lands. ~Mongolian proverb Day 1: I woke up in my hostel in the city of Ulaanbaatar with a mild case of diarrhea–which seems to be the case for many travelers in Mongolia. Shit, I thought, hoping to […]

Learning how to paraglide in Korea

Learning how to paraglide in Korea

For the past year and a half, I’ve wanted to go paragliding. I signed up for two trips at separate times, with romantic visions of myself floating over Korea’s mountainous terrain, but unfortunately, due to the finicky nature of the sport, both trips were canceled because the wind velocity was not quite perfect. Luckily, I seized […]

Spring festivals in Korea: the Jindo Sea Parting and Butterflies

Spring festivals in Korea: the Jindo Sea Parting and Butterflies

Last weekend, I walked across a parted sea wearing thigh-high rubber boots, chewed on wiggling octopus tentacles, and saw a baby wild boar poop on a guy’s t-shirt–all within 24 hours. With Adventure Korea, a budget travel company catered to foreigners, I traveled to Jeollanam-do, Korea’s southwestern province, to attend two annual spring festivals. On […]

Biking around Upo Wetland, strawberry picking, and experiencing my own funeral

Biking around Upo Wetland, strawberry picking, and experiencing my own funeral

Last Saturday, I embarked on a weekend trip to the southeast province of Gyeongsangnam-do to bike around a famous wetland, mingle with other travelers and teachers, pick fresh strawberries and visit a festival celebrating the Daegaya Kingdom. Once again, I traveled with Adventure Korea, a well-established tour company catered to foreigners and travelers in Korea. […]

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