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This Week Out There – Expat Spared, Taste of Home, & Repatriating

A selection of this week’s expat-related stories


Whatever gets you through the night…


The Maoul Bus*

I walked up and down the street looking for the bus stop on the opposite side of the street. Where I was going was only four stops away in that direction, but I soon realised that the bus only went in the opposite direction, which left me a good fifteen stops away. I bit the […]

Preparing for a Korean Goodbye: Don’t leave my friends out of this.

timeisrunningout

Time is running out, so please stop saying, “Yeah, we will have to do that some weekend.” I have exactly 6 weekends left in Korea and each is pretty much full from 8pm on Friday until late Sunday afternoon. I am lucky in that many of my friends in Korea are also leaving close to my departure date. Most of us are in a rush to eat lots of kimchi, find Psy socks to bring home and most importantly soak up each others awesomeness before some depart for homes scattered all over the globe and others remain in Korea. And oh yeah, I still have to find the confidence to make a jjimjilbang date. Umm, a little help please?


A Personal History of Haebangchon

I like Haebangchon. I have only lived there briefly, but I lived nearby for a while and spent many formative years in Korea there. I made a lot of friends there, and I still have plenty who float in and out of bars and cafés and shout and wave at me when I turn up on random sorties. A bit like me, Haebangchon has changed a lot, and I’d even say it has become more sophisticated, but still with its old town grit that people come back for so much.


The 5 places you WON'T see on a Seoul tourist map

As a travel blogger, I make it an effort to see a wide variety of places - both on the touristy side of things as well as off the beaten path. Today is a special day of sorts - it's been two years to the day since I arrived in Korea. From the beginning, I started covering places to see in Seoul and Korea (I started blogging in late 2007, although I didn't arrive in Korea until later) - during that time I've discovered quite a few places you definitely won't see on any tourist maps.

Of the five, the first one is probably the best known among expats in Korea: Hooker Hill / Homo Hill.

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