A boat in Ha Long Bay in front of limestone islands

How I Travel on a Budget

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Why Korea? And Other Questions

Disclaimer: Christine in Korea is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Since making the decision to move to Korea I have gotten a lot of questions. Some of these questions come…

Ireland, 2016

Why We All Need Travel

Disclaimer: Christine in Korea is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. I admit, it wasn't until I was seventeen that I fell in love with travel. Growing up, I didn't have…

Life in Jinju: Lights, Lights, Lights

The start of October brought me much more this year than the chilly weather I desire so badly after a hot and humid summer. In Jinju, October also means the beginning of a two week celebration: the Lantern Festival. The festival is held along the Nam River and at the Fortress, which I am lucky…

Traveling Korea: Haeinsa 해인사

Despite living in another country without a car and with little working knowledge of the language, I have found that it's quite easy to venture outside of my city and explore Korea. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to take a trip to Haeinsa (해인사), a temple founded in the year 802 and one…

Traveling Korea: Suncheon 순천

Chuseok is a Korean holiday that most western websites describe as "Korean Thanksgiving," as it is a celebration of the Harvest and a time when the younger generations leave their homes in the city to visit their families in the countryside. This extended holiday meant that I got a five-day weekend, which presented itself as…

Korean Doctors, Elementary Night Owls, and Culture Shock

I'm sure you're expecting that me to say that when I arrived in Korea I was overwhelmed with culture shock. That these last few weeks have been an endless series of events that shocked and unnerved me, or even just caught me off-guard. While for many people, culture shock is common when visiting or moving…