Category Korea

Traveling Like a VIP

“Bandar Sri Indah?” We poked our head into the doorway of a midsized bus, careful to avoid inhaling the sooty black emissions drifting toward us from the rear. We’d just flagged the bus… actually, we’d just flagged 5 buses… to ask whether it was going our way. And like the others before him, this driver […]

An Open Letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama: On September 25, 2014 the day after you addressed the United Nations General Assembly, I read a transcript and this caught my eye: “If we lift our eyes beyond our borders – if we think globally and act co-operatively – we can shape the course of this century as our predecessors shaped […]

How to Buy Saline in Seoul And Other Reflections After Two Years on the Road

I write this on the 2nd anniversary of our departure from Oregon. This post is for our friends Linda W and Randy S, who encouraged us to write about the differences in life beyond the experiences we would have called “normal” two years ago; this anniversary is a good time, then, to think back on […]

Sounds of This Place: South Korea

  Now that you’ve listened, did you notice… At 0:26 – how quiet Koreans are in the metro? That’s a popular metro stop in a city of 10 Million people… At 1:04, 1:16, and 1:30 – deep in the forest, the gongs from the Buddhist temple a few kilometers away? (You might need headphones to hear those.) […]

Side trip: Southwest Korea

Korea’s collection of free museums includes a maritime museum in the far southwest corner of the peninsula, and when we read that it holds not one, but two! shipwrecks, each over 1,000 years old, excavated from the sea floor and transported to the city of Mokpo, we were on the first train out of Seoul. […]