Hotel Riviera Seoul
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... lt;/a>! It was an interesting experience, and I was also the only foreigner in a class taught in Korean. Fortunately the owner( I think?) spoke english very well, as did the yoga instructor. The class I took was a 70 minute Ashtanga Vinyasa, which is apparently supposed to be externally and internally cleansing to the mind (according to Wikipedia). I've haven't practised yoga in a while, and Ashtanga was pretty different to what I'd done previously, so it ...
Today was Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) day. The DMZ was the first Cold War region to turn 'Hot' when the Korean War began in 1950. For younger viewers the Cold War was a non-combative conflict between communists and capitalists which kept much of the world on a knife’s edge following WW2. When the conflict turns from a war of words and rhetoric to combat it becomes a ‘Hot War’.
Korea was one country for 13 centuries and was only divided into ...
We woke up early to catch the shuttle to the DMZ tour. DMZ stands for demilitarized zone and it "peacefully" separates North and South Korea from each other. It was an agreement for ceasefire during the Korean War. North Korea was influenced by the Soviet Union while South Korea was influenced by the US/United Nations and thus, was split. Korea is a small peninsula; only the northern part is land-bound. This makes it difficult for the South Koreans to participate ...
... track. Can you imagine having to walk up an uphill track for about 2 km?! (It was probably lesser than 2 km but I felt like it was longer than that). Only Vanessa was very energetic, Danny and I almost dropped dead. Danny, being the smoker he was, lighted up a stick while trekking and got reprimanded by an ahjumma. She said something in Korean which we did not understand at all, but looking at her stern face and pointing fingers, oh and ...
... and "related to what we learned in lecture." Unfortunately I've already begun the extremely satisfying process of forgetting everything I learned during the academic year, so rather than force everyone to suffer through my painfully contrived academic ********, I've decided to keep two blogs. Hopefully I'm able to keep them both up... I'm not sure what else are these awkward hours in the middle of the night are good for...