화팅!

2주 후에 휴가가 한번 더 있을 겁니다. 어디로 갈까요? 저는 지금까지 거의 30개국을 방문했습니다. 이번에는 해수욕이나 산에 갈까요? 또는 대도시나 작은 도시로 갈까요? 아마 그냥 방콕 할지도 모르겠습니다. 도무지 어디로 가야 할지모르겠습니다. 어느 곳을 가든 저는 좋아 할 겁니다. 화팅! 2014년 7월에는 경복궁에서 이 이야기 사진을 찍었다. Edited by Victoria Bae

Jeju Island

It’s a great island to visit. Jeju has been in the news recently as it’s the next country after Malaysia where Yemeni refugees are seeking asylum. They couldn’t have chosen a better place if you ask me. However, the truth of the matter is that the influx of refugees has caused the Korean population to…

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2007 — I took a leap of faith and traveled to South Korea that year. My first friend in Korea and neighbor was also born in 1979 on 10-09. 2013 — Hanguel (Korean Language) Day became a national holiday that year. Thereafter I found it easier to schedule parties or trips on my birthday so…

Today’s Revelations

The article below reflects the reality that I lived in Korea for nearly nine years. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/05/15/a-fascinating-map-of-the-worlds-most-and-least-racially-tolerant-countries/ Four years ago, while living in Korea, I wrote… After reading the article above and after watching a History Channel documentary about Albert Einstein today, I came to the realization that having a job in Korea does not equate…

Top 3 Bars in Korea

I lived in Pohang, Asan, Gyeongsan, Iksan, and Seoul. All these cities, but Seoul, are off the beaten path for visitors to Korea. Heck most people only know or care about Seoul. In my experience, there is much to see and do outside of Seoul. But, honestly, after all the hiking, visiting temples, and studying Korean,…

Jeju Again

This place never gets old. It’s beauty and nature invite visitors to explore her waters, forests, and long dormant volcanoes. The food here is also delicious.

Riding in Cars with Girls Again

Jia and Julie greeted me at the airport yesterday. Jia and I met on my first trip to Jeju, six years ago. I met her, Yunhee, and SeungMi on that trip. It is a mini reunion being with Yunhee and Jia as it may possibly be the last time for a long time that I…

Goosenecks

Update: On June 2, 2018 I visited San Miguel Mercado in Madrid where I encountered the Spanish goosenecks I learned about in the Human Planet episode I referenced in the original version of this article. According to a recent documentary I watched, Human Planet episode one, the Gooseneck barnacle is a delicacy men risk their…

Riding in Buses with Koreans I

It’s great traveling as alone. I can get up and go when ever I please. As a Black American, traveling alone is great too, however, I find that most solo travelers I encounter are not Black Americans. That we may experience less than pleasant experiences because of another person’s impression of our skin color is…

Weekend Getaway

Goodie is the sole proprietor of Goodie’s R&B Soul Bar in Fukuoka city. On any given day you can find him serving drinks and entertaining his guests while the smooth grooves of the likes of Marvin Gaye, Barry White, or the Temptations fill the room. The front door is located underground and is accessible via…

Musings

I recall watching Korea’s popular comedy show, Gag Concert, from the comfort of my cozy one room 아파트 (pronounced a-part-uh) many years ago. Prior to living in Korea, I had been warned that Koreans were passionate, i.e., slightly crazy. I had heard stories of angry girlfriends doing unthinkable things. I had personally witnessed a man…