Posts Tagged ‘Korea’

WHEN BEING AT HOME BRINGS THOUGHTS OF BEING ABROAD

Monday, September 21st, 2009

I’ve spent the last 5 days or so laying in bed, taking it easy at home without leaving the house. Let’s just say for someone like me… I got pretty stircrazy!

I despise being sick, mostly because it keeps me from doing all the things that I love to do!

Short and sweet photo post today.. I wanted to share with you some of my photographs that I’ve taken while traveling abroad. Laying in bed made me dream of traveling again and everything I love about seeing new places.

Nice, France

Nice, France

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Somewhat Rural Japan

Rural Japan

The Wall of Changgyeonggung

Seoul, Korea

New York Cabs

New York

Costa Rica Sunset - Pura Vida

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Sidewalks in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

Places I've Been

I’ve plotted out all the places I’ve traveled so far on this map… still so many places I want to see!

Of course, nothing compares to home… and while I do love traveling, I will always be a Vancouver girl, a West Coast girl. Living on the West Coast… there really is no places like home…

Design Inspiration, Bedroom

THE GRANVILLE ISLAND MARKET OF SEOUL, KOREA

Friday, October 24th, 2008

This will be the last of my posts on Korea, since I’m now in Tokyo :)

Okay, so it’s not really like the food market at Granville Island in Vancouver, but there are definitely similarities. The outdoor markets in Korea are really stunning. They’re full of life, the smell of delicious food, and all sorts of different snacks and wares.

People shout at you in Korean trying to get you to visit their stall. Everywhere you look there is colour and motion, and it was probably one of my most memorable experiences in Seoul so far.

Plant in a Korean restaurant

A plant sitting on a table of the patio of a restaurant.

Asian Pear

Asian pears! Delicious. The outdoor fruit stalls were really something else.

That's a lot of shoes!

Anybody need any shoes? That’s a huge stack of shoes right there.

Persimmon

Persimmons were often sold still growing on the branch.

Termites?

Mmmm… termites? I wouldn’t eat this myself, but that little fruit fly was sure interested.

Rice

Rice by the cup or bag was very popular.

Fruits at the Outdoor Market

Fruit trays were everywhere, and people were sampling and picking through them passionately. People are very intense about getting the best fruit possible to the point of destroying all the other fruit by digging through.

Build your own Korean

Make your own Kimono! Well, in Korea they call it “Han Bok”. Beautiful traditional dresses that are in a baby doll shape. Colour is very important in Korean culture, and everything from the temples to the traditional garb is very colourful. Han Bok dresses are often worn by the bride for Korean weddings or ceremonies/parties. These shops are everywhere, and they’ll make a girl a made to order Han Bok of any thread, fabric, and ribbon of your choosing.

Making delicious snacks outside in a stall

These stalls are very common and popular, with batter poured into some oil. They smell and taste like donuts, and are really delicious. Sometimes they are sweet, and sometimes they more lunch snacks, with onions and meat inside.

Barber poles mean brothels in Korea

In Korea, barber shop poles are the sign for a brothel, so you definitely don’t want to be tricked and think you’re going to get a hair cut. They are everywhere, which is actually really scary. People seem used to them, though.

Outdoor garbage in Korea smells bad!

Garbage is left on the street everywhere, so the city has a bit of a funny smell when it is hot outside. There are no huge garbage containers like in Vancouver or North America. It’s normal here though, and people don’t seem to mind.

That's a lot of fans, and it's not a fan store.

This store is not a fan store. It just happens to have a lot of fans. LOL!

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