Stunning views of North Korea

Stunning views of North Korea

It's not every day that you go on an adventure with two of your friends, in search of a Fortress, and end up less than 2km from North Korea! Well, that's exactly what happened to me today! As Im living in rural Korea, more than an hour from Seoul, most weekends are spent on the train to the 'big … [Read more...]

The Scariest Place on Earth

The Scariest Place on Earth

With all the recent talk about North and South Korea, I thought I would share this post with you. This time 2 years ago I was living and working in Munsan, a town of about 100,000 only a few KMs from the border with North Korea. Here's what I had to say about it at the time.... Sometimes as I lie … [Read more...]

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Murphys Law: Pray for it to snow on Christmas every year since you were a child and it will never snow. Leave the country for 2 winters in a row, and it will snow more than it did it the previous 2 decades!! Typical!! Ever since winter starting to creep up on us in Korea, the temperature slowly … [Read more...]

Spent all my money on whiskey and beer

Spent all my money on whiskey and beer

 When I go to a country it is not about how many museums I have visited, how many temples I've stayed in or how many photos I have taken...it is about how much of my time I can admit to being truly happy. I can honestly say that the last 3 months in Korea has been a chain of one hilarious moment … [Read more...]

Dear North Korea

Dear North Korea

Dear North Korea, I don't think you know me, but I guess it's about time for a formal introduction. My name is Janet, and I moved in with your lovely southerly neighbour 99 days ago. It's, I'm not ashamed to admit, the second longest relationship I've ever had, and it's going strong. We are … [Read more...]

The Scariest Place on Earth

The Scariest Place on Earth

So don't ask me how or why exactly, but on Friday the other Munsan teachers and I ended up in a place Bill Clinton famously called, " The scariest place on Earth." Anyone who knows me and knows my keen thirst for adventure will know I do not turn down offers to go to crazy places, in fact I LOOK for … [Read more...]

Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Today I opted out of running a 34km marathon (no surpriese there!) and instead decided to attend the 2nd annual DMZ Documentary Film Festival which was much more my cup of tea. The festival screens a lot of films with a theme of peace and others concentrating on the quest for justice. Although … [Read more...]

Marathon for Peace

Marathon for Peace

So on my way home yesterday I read about the '4th Annual Gyeonngi Peace Marathon'. It is happening this Sunday in Paju and involves a course that goes right up to the DMZ, the border with North Korea. As the name suggests, it's a marathon to promote peace and is sponsored by UNICEF. The … [Read more...]

Where in the World…

Where in the World…

Sometimes as I lie in my new bed, in my new room in a brand spanking new apartment block, it's easy to forget where I am. From the minute You  step outside the door of your 21 storey apartment complex you are gently reminded EXACTLY where in the world I am. I have become so used to seeing soldiers … [Read more...]

Korea: First Impressions

Korea: First Impressions

This is going to be super short as I'm totally jet lagged. I arrived into Incheon (Seoul) International airport around 4pm and was promptly met by a rep from my school who put me into a taxi and off I went to Paju. It was all a bit strange as neither the rep nor the taxi man had a word of … [Read more...]