Once Upon a Rainy & Hot Summer

I just discovered the Travel Tuesday link up headed by A Compass Rose and Found Love, Now What? and I was excited!  I really wanted to take part of this link up because, as you may know, I love to travel.  I’ve traveled a ton since I was young and have so many stories and pictures that I probably will never be able to show.  Sad face.  Because of this link up, it has inspired me to post more of my past travels!  The purpose of this link up is to basically talk about travel.  Past, present, future, dream vacations, you name it.

The first trip that popped into my mind when I saw this link up was my Korea trip.  This was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had so far in my life and I love sharing it.  It’s impossible for me to go through my whole trip since soooo much happened and I have like 50 bajillion pictures, so I chose pictures that show the diversity of my trip.

Seoul from Namsan Tower

I studied abroad in Seoul for 2 months at Yonsei University during the summer of 2011 and was able to do a lot of traveling around Seoul and other cities throughout South Korea.  Lets just say my trip was probably a lot different than most of your trips will be.  I’m a huge fan of kpop, so everything related to that took up a great amount of time.  However!  That was not the only thing I did there.  There were so many palaces, museums, restaurants, shopping areas, and parks to visit.  My friends and I were never bored.

Jeju Island

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Korean food

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Jeju Island





Hello North Korea!  I technically crossed over into North Korea through that blue building on the left.  Half of the building is in SK and the other half is in NK.  So yes, I’ve stepped into North Korea.  How many people can say that?  This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and like nothing I’ve ever done before.  It was, honestly, kind of scary.

Gwanghawmun Square

And I have to add this…  OMG IT’S YESUNG!!!!!  I saw him at the grand opening of Handel and Gretel and it was amazing.  I trekked through a typhoon go to the cafe and was totally not expecting for him to show up.  I WAS FROZEN.  I couldn’t move.  He was right there in person.  He brushed right past me and it was so magical!!  My friend and I were going to leave right after we got our drinks, but he came right after ordered.  OMG PERFECT TIMING.  This was probably the highlight of my trip.  No joke.  I will save you all the spazzing, because I already wrote a post about it on my Korea blog.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about and you want to know, you should read that post.  You’ll definitely see a different side of me (pwahaha)!



Do any of you know who Yesung is?  Because if you do, we’re already best friends :)  Also have any of you studied abroad?



  1. Erika

    I don’t know who Yesung is, but he looks cute! ;)

    Korea was never really on my radar until I was looking to teach abroad a few years ago. And now that I may want to do it again after I’m done with grad school (and bring my boyfriend along to teach, too), Korea is looking like an option. Plus, there are so many great bloggers who are there who have good things to say1 And this just piques my interest even more! :)

    As for study abroad, I did a semester in Austria in high school and a semester in France in college! Love Europe!

    • markandmal

      Yesung is a Korean singer :)

      Korea is an awesome place and I hope you can make it out there! I’ve been in love with that country for like 4 years. I watch so many Korean shows, that it helped me learn a lot about the food and modern culture. Korean food is my favorite cuisine.

      Awesome! Studying abroad is such a great experience. I hope to visit Europe more in the future! I guess I’ll be staying on the Asia side for a while :P

      On Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM, Sweet Smores

    • markandmal

      Thanks you! Busan and Jeju were really nice beach places, it’s a different feel from Seoul. It was like a nice getaway from the city.

      On Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 4:52 AM, Sweet Smores

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