Geoje & Oedo Islands, South Korea

September 17, 2013
I wanted to take a break from writing about Cape Town and instead post some pictures from times past.  These are from the year 2007 to be exact.  As you may or may not know, I spent three years in Seoul, Korea teaching English as a Second Language to children.  This is something that I truly miss, especially after reading all of those great blogs by ladies currently living in South Korea.  Who knows?  I may go back one day to teach again, but I really hope to go back and visit sometime.  When I first started teaching, I met this couple who had both just retired from teaching in Canada.  They decided to spend a year teaching in Seoul and traveling the world together.  I admire that and kind of think it be epic to go back to Seoul to live and teach once I've retired from a successful career.  This is not to imply that I don't plan on going on any trips from now until I'm retired, but I just think it would be amazing to go and live there again more than thirty years later!

If you've lived in or visited Seoul, you'll know that it is an exciting, fast-paced city.  Once in awhile, I felt the need to get away from the pollution and millions of people and would plan a weekend getaway.  One of these getaways was to Geoje Island, the second largest island in Korea after Jeju, to visit two former co-workers that left Seoul and started teaching there.  I invited two of my close friends at the time to join me and we enjoyed Geoje for a few days.








We also took a ferry on over to Oedo Island, which is famous for its botanical gardens.  Many have compared these Western style gardens to "paradise."  







If you live in a big city, where do you go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life?  Or, if you live in the country, what cities do you enjoy visiting from time to time?

16 comments on "Geoje & Oedo Islands, South Korea"
  1. Wow really beautiful landscape! I love living in the city but holidays must be somewhere relaxing :)

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    1. This was a great chance for my friends and I to take it easy for a weekend. :)

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  2. Beautiful photos. I had no idea you went abroad to teach that is so interesting. My sister is a teacher and she talks about doing that all the time. One of her friends has been to Dubai, Sweden and Japan to teach. You look beautiful in that photo with the polka dot top :)

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    1. Oooh, that would be great if she did. Then you could go and visit her. :) And thanks for the compliment!

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  3. What beautiful photos! I love beaches with rocks instead of sand. So much cleaner! :)
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    1. It was nice not to have sandy feet all day, especially because this was just one place that we stopped at for the day.

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  4. When you started teaching in Korea did you know how to speak Korean? I think it's fantastic that you went there and I've been reading other blogs of people that have been, I honestly didn't know it was such a gorgeous place!
    Tammy x

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    1. I picked up some extra classes and tutored a lot, so I didn't have time to take a Korean class, but I did pick up a few basic things!

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    2. So it's pretty easy to get around in Korea not knowing the language?
      I never even considered a visit until I started reading blogs!! My exhusband was there for a year with the military and he never told me how beautiful it is!
      Tammy x

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    3. I was fine...in the bigger cities a lot of the younger generation knew English. I never really had problems getting around, but that might be because I had another ESL teacher who had already been there for 2 years show me where a lot of stuff was. Also, I did have a Korean teacher at my school write down my address with specific directions on how to get back home. That way, if I got totally lost, my plan was to just give that to a taxi driver! I toured a lot of places with just a friend/group of friends, but I did go on a couple of tours: the DMZ, a temple stay, and Geomundo tour. For that, I went through the company Adventure Korea. (www.adventurekorea.com) They were based in Seoul and have a lot of different trips to pick from.

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  5. I think South Korea would be a fascinating place to visit! great post :)

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    1. You could spend weeks just in Seoul and not get bored!

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  6. South Korea is so beautiful . Ahh all these lush places , I am in love with this place . Luck you :)
    PS : You look elegant in this polka dottie shirt :)

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    1. Yes, certain places in South Korea are simply gorgeous. I wouldn't really describe Seoul, (where I was living) as a beautiful place, but it was a dynamic city and I loved living there. I'll have to post some pictures of Seoul on a future Travel Tuesday link up.

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  7. UMMMMM I saw this and did a double take. This is WHERE I LIVE Lisa! Crazy. I've lived in Geoje for almost two years. :) Your pictures are gorgeous!

    -Amanda | Living in Another Language

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    1. I didn't know you lived in Geoje until I followed you on Twitter. It's funny because a lot of people who stay in Seoul never make it to Geoje. I only happened to because my old co-workers moved there, but it really was worth the visit.

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