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Kimchi … breakfast, lunch and dinner! February 27, 2009

Filed under: South Korea — esacc @ 10:57 AM

I have officially settled down in my new apartment in Haeundae, Busan. This area of Busan is more modern and more westernized than other parts and is considered the Beverly Hills of Busan. It has the nicest beach in Busan and maybe even South Korea!

My apartment is pretty little but very cute and modern. Today was an interesting day! I experienced my first REAL Korean meal – shoes off, cross legged lunch, with community bowls in which every one shares the food on the table. From there, I met my co-teacher who is extremely nice and speaks great English. She took me grocery shopping and took me on a little tour of the city and showed me my walk to and from the school. I visited the school and saw the classroom that I will be teaching in. I am teaching grades 3, 4, 5 and 6! It should be fun! We even discussed the possibility of me working with the after school program, and sports program!

The drive to Busan was beautiful. The mountains were amazing. The pictures do not do it justice!

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Busan … pronounced “ˈPuˈsɑn” February 14, 2009

Filed under: South Korea — esacc @ 10:32 AM

Busan from the mountains.

Busan from the mountains.


A very busy beach!

A very busy beach!


One the six beaches I will be lounging on this summer!

One of the six beaches I will be lounging on this summer!

Fun Facts About Busan

Courtesy of Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busan):

  • Population of 3.65 million
  • City is located on the Southeasternmost tip of the Korean Peninsula and faces the Korea Strait.
  • The most densely built up areas of the city are situated in a number of narrow valleys between the Nakdong River and Suyeong River, with mountains separating some of the districts
  • Busan was the host city of the 2002 Asian Games and APEC 2005 Korea. It was also one of the host cities for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and is a center for international conventions in Korea. On November 14, 2005, the city officially announced its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics Games.
  • Busan has a humid subtropical climate
  • At that time.May to July, Late Springs and Early Summers, are usually cooler than inland region because of the ocean effect. Late Summer and Early Autumn, August and September, are generally hot and humid and the city may experience typhoon. October and November are generally the most comfortable, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures. Winters are cold and dry with high winds, but much milder than other parts of Korea. Busan and the nearby area have the least amount of snow compared to other regions of Korea due to its location. However, even a little accumulation of snow can effectively shut down this seaport city because of the hilly terrain and unfamiliarity of motorists with driving on snow.
  • Four substantial shopping areas of note: Seomyeon, Gwangbok-dong, Busan Dae Hakap in Jangjeon-dong, and Haeundae.
  • Busan is called the summer capital of Korea since it attracts tourists from all over the country to its six beaches.
  • Geumjeongsan to the west is a popular weekend hiking spot for Busan residents.
  • Dongnae Oncheon is a natural spa area with many baths, tourist hotels, restaurants, clubs and shopping areas.
  • In Korea, Busan is known as the capital of baseball and has a reputation for very enthusiastic baseball fans.
  • Busan is currently the fifth busiest seaport in the world.
 

My first post!

Filed under: South Korea — esacc @ 1:09 AM

Hello!!!

This is my first post on my new blog. I will be using this to update family and friends as I journey to other parts of the world – starting with South Korea. I am still waiting on my visa to be processed before I can book my flight to SK – I am expected to arrive in Korea next Thursday, but it’s likely I will be late due to visa processing times (unfortunately). I am pretty much all packed and ready to go – it still hasn’t really hit me that I am actually going to be leaving Canada for a whole year! (if not more) 🙂

I am very excited to start this new adventure!