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Websites + Apps for Korealand Survival

I don’t do many (none) “lists for living in Korea,”  type of blog posts but had the inkling to do it when I basically wanted to share my fabulous Netflix taste. I mean, I’m not going to include the documentary I watched about buying a Russian bride (for science)  or how I sat for some hours to re-watch all of a childhood sitcom, Dinosaurs (also for science). I’m just going to tell you about the good stuff so I seem cooler. There’s also some helpful sites and apps that I use while I make my oversized, American footprint here in Seoul. Really I don’t write blogs about teaching/living abroad tips because, well, what do I know?  I just trudge along each day trying to figure things out myself, even after 3 years.  You can’t ever prepare yourself fully but you can be more comfortable so I hope this helps you out if you plan on coming to Korea. If I think of more  or happen upon others I’ll update! 1. NETFLIX: Stream movies online for about $8 a month.  …

|Jeju Island’s| Cheonjeyon Waterfall

The Cheonjeyon Waterfalls are a beautiful, cool oasis on a hot Jeju afternoon. It’s an interesting walk to get there. You must cross the Seven Nymphs Bridge, Chilseonyeogyo (칠선녀교), which connects the Jungmun Complex to the waterfalls.  The bridge represents a folk tale in whcih seven beautiful nymphs descend from heaven each holding their own instrument. I don’t know what they do once they get there but they all stand and look pretty on a bridge now. The bridge also goes by the name Seonim.

|Review| Gatten Sushi

I am inspired to write this post because I began watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi this morning and realized I hadn’t yet posted my sushi review from last weekend. More on the documentary below if you’re interested. Expats find it very difficult to find decent sushi in Korea. It seems so strange. Geographically we are a hop, skip and a jump to Japan. Japanese people come and own restaurants here, even with the cloud of tension that still hangs in the air between the two nationalities in the older generations. But, to find sushi that hasn’t been mucked up by “Korean” tastes it very challenging. Sorry, Korea, I don’t mean to be so insulting to your tastes all the time. But, there’s only so much mayo, pickled things and other condiments that one person can take. It’s bad when added to Western food en masse and even worse when added to something that should be as simple as sushi. But, Gatten Sushi, a Japanese franchise with a restaurant located in Gangnam has a fairly good selection …

Achasan Mountain|Top of Seoul|

So it’s not literally on the top of Seoul, there are bigger mountains in this city, but it does have some beautiful views of the Han River and the south…and I made it up there. Small miracles.  A bit of a hazy day, as it seems to always be in Seoul these days, but it has a great look, fresher air than the basin of Gangnam, and lots of people in full out hiking gear (snicker). It’s a good little climb. I didn’t expect it to be quite as steep…but it only takes 30-40 minutes to get to the top of the mountain. There is more to see than I found today but it was already getting warm and I am tragically out of shape. Mountain climbing can only get easier, right? Directions: Take Line 5 to Achasan Station and go out exit 2. Turn left at the first intersection and then turn right at the first T in the street, Left at the second T. You will be going up a noticeable hill now. We just …