This week would see my final week in Korea, and goodbye to one of my favourite countries I’ve visited thus far.
It’s hard to put a finger on why I’ve enjoyed it so much, but it’s unlike anywhere I have ever been before. I imagine Japan will have it’s similarities, but most people experience Japan for the first time before visiting Korea, so maybe that same lure that keeps people lusting for Japan, has got me for Korea.
The neon streets, the wonderful humans, incredible food, amazing hiking, bustling streets, but above all else a level of respect and manners that I’ve seen in no other country.
Heading back to Gyeongju
I was fortunate enough to have Ivy allow me to stay with her for the week again, and I am forever indebted to her, her Aunty, Bella, and her boyfriend for the kindness and love they’ve shown me this week and throughout my entire time in Korea.
Unfortunately for most of the week, the weather has had a different idea for my final week in Korea. With 3 straight days of rain, I didn’t do much other than the odd run, gym session, and going out for food.
Gyeongju is a beautiful little city that holds so much of Korea’s heritage. It’s wonderful to be here, and I would love to revisit it if given the chance in the future.
Teaching English is quite a common job in Korea, and it’s something that maybe one day might bring me back for a year, or two.
Indoor Golf and Korean Food
With the weather not really playing ball, it meant we could put one of the many hundred indoor golf screens to good use.
Korea’s golf scene is absolutely massive and it’s more commonly played than outdoor golf. With state-of-the-art screens, indoor bunker zones, putting greens, and short game areas, its unreal to see how far ahead of the UK they are.
Imagine a place in the UK where you could play golf 24/7 365 days a year regardless of the weather. Someone’s going to make a lot of money when they bring that franchise to the UK.
After slicing the ball one too many times, it was time to slice some chicken.
The Korean food is by far the best food I’ve had whilst travelling. BBQ’s, chicken, meat, fishfood, whatever you want – they’ve got it. It’s generous on the portion sizes, and they don’t mess around serving up here.
My favourite so far is a huge skillet of chicken, separated down the middle, cheese filled the middle to sizzle and melt and then you dip the chicken in the melted chicken and feast away. Unreal.
Sena (Ivy) and her Aunt have been nothing short of incredible for my time here, and they’re part of the reason why Korea has been so special for me.
I’m sad to leave them, but know deep down it won’t be the last time I see them, or visit Korea.
As one country comes to a close, the last and final destination on the all Asian adventure is here and it’s the one I had the most excitement for before the trip started.
Japan is next, and man, I can’t wait to get going.
Monk Mode Week 10
I’ll be honest, I’m more excited for this to be over than any other day or week. Quitting isn’t an option right now, as I’m more than 70 days deep and it seems silly to stop right before the target. I’ll be happy to see this through and reevalute the next Monk Mode, should there be one.
If you’re unfamiliar with Monk Mode it’s basically 90 days of trying to commit to the following:
– Create a video every day
– Write an article everyday
– Run 1 mile every day
Creation not Consumption
I’ve consumed more YouTube and various media this week but that’s because of the bad weather days.
I’ve been good with writing, but slow and lazy with actually producing blog posts. Perfectionism isn’t going to creep in, and I am glad to be fleshing out the bones of posts, but I need to go back through most of them this week and flesh them out properly so they’re worthy of a read.
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One Mile a Day
It’s been a werid one this week, with spells of feeling good, and spells of feeling really shitty, especially my knee.
That said, in hindsight this challenge was a mile a day, and I’ve done a minimum of that everyday, I think I should have pushed this more but the mentality is so easy when you know it’s less than 10 minutes of running everyday.
The next adventure…
This week I fly to Japan.
The country on everyone’s bucket list and by far the place most people are “jealous” of.
I’m excited, and it’s time to explore this final country on my 6 month Asian Adventure.
Let’s wrap this show up.