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I Was Stalked and Filmed on a Subway? :(
Recently I had a very creepy experience on the subway. A had a very odd man sit next to me and start filming me secretly (though obviously not so secretly since I noticed) He also tried to follow me but luckily I tricked him. For more info you can check the video below. **this is not common AT ALL in Korea, it only happened to me in Seoul because that's where I live. This could, and does, happen all over the world no matter what culture~** What I hope you take from this: 1. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. If someone sits next to you (even if it seems totally normal) just take a millisecond to recognize that - don't just stay zoned in on your phone. 2. If you feel uncomfortable - get up and move. I didn't do this but I should have. I didn't need to "prove" he really was creepy, regardless of if he was or not, I have every right to just move away. 3. If someone made you feel uncomfortable, trust your gut and keep an eye on them in some way. If I hadn't noticed him earlier, he might have followed me off the train without me knowing. 4. Let someone know where you are and what was up. Even if its just texting a close friend that is dependable "hey I'm at XYZ bus stop, there was a weird guy on the bus lol" just so someone knows. In case something happens to you, it could help people find you. 5. If you see something weird happening to another girl, try to do something. When I see guys getting too close to girls on crowded trains I always try to make it seem like I'm with the girl too so he's outnumbered, or I stare them down so they know they aren't being sneaky. Be safe out there everyone, and just be alert :)
Alone in Korea: Solo Travel Tips and Vocab!
Hi guys! I know a lot of you are looking to travel to Korea in the future and you may or may not have a travel buddy. I thought I'd share some of my tips and activities I'd suggest for solo travelers here in Seoul! The first 4 tips deal with activities that are often hard to do alone here in Seoul such as eating, going to a spa, and going to noraebang! The last one, however, are some survival words to learn before your trip. Here's the video with clips of Seoul to show you examples: Here's the vocab! Obviously if you can learn more words you should definitely try, but if you struggle to learn languages, just try to get these 10 down and you'll do great! If you're more talented with languages, learning hangul (the korean alphabet) before coming here will help you out a TON! If you have any Korean language questions feel free to leave them in the comments! 1. μ–΄λ””μ—μš”? / eo-di-e-yo?/ Where? This is a really important thing to know if you're traveling alone and are worried you'll get lost. You can just say the name of the place you're looking for (or if you have a picture just point to it) and then end with "μ–΄λ””μ—μš”?" People will understand what you're trying to ask even if it isnt 100% correct :) 2. μ–Όλ§ˆμ—μš”?/ eol-ma-e-yo?/ How much is it? If you're looking to buy something and can't see the price, just ask "μ–Όλ§ˆμ—μš”?" and usually if you're at a street stall or small clothing store they'll whip out their handy calculators and show you the price on the screen so you don't need to worry about understanding big numbers :) PRO TIP: If you're nervous about getting money out of your wallet quickly (a random fear of mine) in Korea there is no tax so the price that is listed on anything is the price it will be at the cash register. So you can add up the things you're buying in your head, get out the exact change ahead of time, and make your paying faster :) 3. 이거/ ee-geo / this The next three words are ones you can mix together a lot :) The first is ee-geo which means "this." You can use it like 이거 μ–Όλ§ˆμ—μš”? --> how much is this? or if you're ordering food you can point to a photo and say 이거 μ£Όμƒˆμš” --> this please 4. ν•˜λ‚˜/ hana / one Since you're traveling alone you're probably going to get one of a lot of things lol. In Korea they use counters and different number systems, but its totally okay and understandable if you just say ha-na. People will get it and even Koreans sometimes dont use the right counters :) So if you're ordering food you can say ha-na ju-se-yo --> one of these please! or if you go in a restaurant and they ask how many people you can just say ha-na :) its okay to not be perfect, you'll be understood! 5. μ£Όμ„Έμš”/ ju-se-yo / please give to me juseyo isn't just please so dont be throwing it around like you would say please in english hahaha but you'll use it a LOT. When ordering food you'll say juseyo after everything :) PRO TIP: Water is usually self-serve in Korea or they'll hand you a giant bottle so you don't need to order water, just look at the other tables and if they have a bottle wait for yours, and if you see a water machine go get your own! 6. 사진/ sa-jin/ picture Depending on how you say this you could be asking "can i take a photo/are photos allowed" or "can you take a photo of me?" You're literally just saying the word "photo" but with a little miming your point will totally get across no worries! 7. κ°μ‚¬ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€/ kam-sam-ni-da/ thank you the most important word!! use this all the time! politeness is really important so you can literally never over-use this word. kam-sam-ni-da, kam-sam-ni-da,kam-sam-ni-daaaaa!!!! 8. λ„€/ ne/ yes easy! it just means yes :) 9. μ•„λ‹ˆμš”/ a-ni-yo/ no easy! it just means no :) 10. μž μ‹œλ§Œμš”/ jam-shi-man-yo/ excuse me please move lol Korean has a lot of words for 'excuse me' or getting people's attention, but this is the one used specifically for 'please get out of my way' ;) Korea is really crowded and if you're on a subway and can't reach the door or something just say jam-shi-man-yo or else no one will get out of your way. Be brave and use it!! Most people wont even look at you and notice you're a foreigner if you say this word but at least they'll move! hahhahaha Do you guys like solo travel? It's my favorite :)
Seoul: A Sensory Delight of Culture, Cuisine, and Nature
Seoul is a fascinating city that attracts millions of visitors each year. It is a bustling metropolis that boasts a rich blend of ancient history and modernity, making it the perfect destination for all kinds of travelers. From breathtaking natural beauty to tantalizing cuisine, Seoul has it all. If you're looking for an adventure of a lifetime, then Seoul is the place to be. To make your Seoul adventure a memorable one, we have handpicked five of the best tours that will immerse you in the city's rich culture and vibrant atmosphere. These tours are perfect for those who want to explore the city's hidden gems, taste its delicious food, and learn about its fascinating history. One of the best ways to experience Seoul's unique culture is by exploring its historical and cultural landmarks. A guided tour of the Korean Palaces is an excellent way to discover the city's history and learn about the Joseon Dynasty, an ancient Korean empire. The tour takes you through fivee iconic palaces, each with its own distinct architecture and stories to tell. Another must-do experience in Seoul is a private street food tour. Led by a local guide, this tour will take you to the city's bustling streets, where you'll have the opportunity to try some of the best street food that Seoul has to offer. From savory pancakes to spicy stir-fried rice cakes, the variety of dishes on offer will leave you spoilt for choice. And don't forget to wash it all down with some traditional Korean rice wine. If shopping is more your thing, then a visit to the traditional markets of Seoul is a must. From the massive Noryangjin Fish Market to the Gwangjang Market, famous for its silk goods and handicrafts, these markets are a treasure trove of unique souvenirs and local products. And while you're there, don't forget to sample some of the mouth-watering street food on offer. For a more personalized experience, a tour of Bukchon Hanok Village is an excellent option. This charming neighborhood is home to hundreds of traditional Korean houses, known as Hanok, and is a window into Seoul's ancient past. Your guide will tailor the itinerary to your interests, taking you to popular spots like the Changdeokgung Palace and the Bukchon Asian Art Museum. For the nature lover in you, a private hiking tour of Seoraksan National Park is a must. The park is home to breathtaking scenery, including the Biseondae Rock and the Geumganggul Cave, which boasts a small well of natural spring water. The tour also includes a visit to the Sinheungsa Temple and a delicious Korean chicken soup for dinner. Finally, after a day of exploring Seoul's many attractions, you'll need a comfortable place to rest your weary feet. Booking.com offers a vast selection of hotels, guesthouses, and apartments, ensuring that you'll find the perfect accommodation to suit your needs. In conclusion, Seoul is a city that has something for everyone. Whether you're interested in exploring its history and culture, indulging in its delicious cuisine, or simply taking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant city, Seoul is a destination that will captivate all your senses. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your Seoul adventure today!
Are Any of You Gluten-Free (Can You Eat in Korea?)
A lot of people message me on YouTube and Tumblr asking about dietary restrictions in Korea and to be quite honest, it can be tough. Not many people in Korea have food allergies like I am used to in the US (peanut allergies, being lactose intolerant, etc) So when non-Koreans come to Korea and start to ask for certain foods to be changed (like, please don't add carrots) because of an allergy, its uncommon so restaurants often aren't sure what to do. Recently though, there has been a movement to make vegetarianism and veganism more accepted in Korea, a country famous for its meat dishes, and as a result people are learning more about food and different diets! My friend Sunny is Korean and in her late teens she developed allergies to a ton of different things, including gluten. Because her diet because so restricted, she started cooking for herself. She then discovered a small but hungry group of gluten-free people in Korea who wanted some of the desserts she had been baking for herself. After gaining more and more popularity, she opened Sunny Bread and now serves everything from cheesecake to tiramisu to pumpkin pie, all vegan and gluten free! She also knows how hard it is to have an allergy, plus she speaks English really well, so if you go in nand talk to her about what you can and can't eat, I'm sure she'll have suggestions for where to eat in Seoul :) Here's a look at her bakery~ Do any of you have food allergies? What can't you eat?