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As for most Seoulites, my life in Korea involves at least 2*30 minutes spent on the subway every day. Seoul’s metro system has been voted the best in the world on several occasions and is believed to be the longest metro system in the world (measured in route length). It has also got free wifi.

Inspired by the extensive network, and sheer length of some of the routes on the subway map, I decided that while in Korea I am going to try and visit all of the end stations. Bring a book or a friend, sit on the subway until I reach the very end, go out and explore, then return to base. Repeat.

Today I got to check the first station of my list: Chuncheon Station. Chuncheon, incidentally, is the perfect example of how far the metro system reaches. It is a town about 2 hours north-east of Seoul, most famous for a battle that destroyed the city during the Korean War, and the K-drama Winter Sonata.

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Roller-coasters, cotton candy, carousels, haunted houses and weird hats all make up essential parts of one of my favorite attractions in the world: theme parks. This past Thursday I got to visit Everland, the largest theme park in Korea. Needless to say I was not disappointed, even though every fun ride was accompanied by a not-so-fun, 1-hour-long line. The line for my favorite attraction, the T-Express, was no less than 2-hours long. Worth every minute of that wait though (here’s a video of the ride).

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October 9th is celebrated as Hangul Day in Korea to commemorate King Sejong, the man who is credited with creating the written language that Koreans have used since 1443. Before this, Koreans used Chinese characters (called “Hanja” in Korea) as their written language, but the king decided that hanja was too difficult for the common folk to understand, and that Korea needed a written language that everyone could use.

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I was cleaning up my hard drive again (the burden of being an avid amateur photographer and videographer I guess), and found these photos from our day trip to Århus this summer. A spontaneous road trip from Kristiansand to Århus and back so that my friend could fill out some documents and check on her apartment. Large quantities of coffee, a couple of cold beers in the sun, strolling through town, visiting museums and people-watching were the essential ingredients involved in this trip.

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It’s been a while since I’ve written about the books and movies that stand out, the ones I want to recommend to all of you. I guess most of them have been of the kind that I want to keep my little secrets. But today I saw a film that resonated with me in a way that I realized I have not experienced with a movie – or book for that matter – in a long while. Now, I don’t know how this movie has been marketed around the world (and I’m to lazy to google it), but here in Seoul it is one of two non-Korean movies currently available. The other one is Maze Runner, and the guys I were going to the cinema with had already seen that one, so we decided to watch Begin Again.

I don’t remember the last time I laughed, smiled and felt with the characters of a movie the way I did with this one. It might be that I came to this expecting nothing, or it might just be that the movie is brilliant. Staring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightly (and Adam Levine) I was initially skeptical. I love Mark, but I’m not Keira’s biggest fan. In this film however, she is in her element and is quite simply brilliant.

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Like I’ve mentioned a number of times earlier, Korea loves their cute things. Hello Kitty-apartments, Barbie Hair Salons, teddy bear hats, pink and bedazzled cellphone covers, the list goes on. I am, on the other hand, not really your typical girly-girl, so my limited passion for cuteness usually reaches its limit with my obsession for themed cafés. But then I found this heart-shaped egg mold at Daiso, and decided that my life could take a little dose of cute in my everyday life too.

I’ll have to try making heart-shaped pancakes with this at some point too, now that I know that it works.

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Back home in Seoul again. It’s raining outside, and I am confined to my bed with a irritating case of pharyngitis. I guess you can’t expect your body to stand by quietly as you travel between 3 different climate zones in less than two week, with over-night flights, general lack of sleep, a packed schedule and, on my flight out of New Zealand, a person coughing in my face no less than 4 times during the flight. That same flight neatly combined about half of the entries in Huffington Post’s latest travel article: 10 signs you’re the worst person on your flight.

However, disregarding the discomfort of not being able to breath properly, the last two weeks have been more than worth it!

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Right now I am sitting on in the bedroom of my Airbnb-haunt in Auckland, getting ready for my last day in New Zealand’s largest city. The last week and a half I have managed to travel to Australia, back to Seoul, attend classes for 3 days and then travel back to the other side of the ocean. In the process I have learnt some valuable lessons about appreciating the simple things in life: like a long and warm shower after a an over-night flight, or decent WIFI (Seoul has officially turned me into a wifi-snob).

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In my eternal hunt for cute things to make up for the fact that I am not – as a general fact – a very girly girl, Korea has presented me with endless possibilities in the shape of food and coffee. From Hello Kitty Cafe to Monster Cupcakes, food shaped like comic book creatures and coffee art in the shape of Hello Kitty, Pokemon or elaborate flowers is the norm here. At least in Hongdae.

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After almost 4 weeks in Seoul, I’ve inevitably discovered the most Western part of the city. Itaewon (이태원) is the neighborhood in Seoul that embodies – both in soul and in actual ethnicity – foreign culture. If you’re craving a really delicious American burger, real Mexican food or Italian pizza, Itaewon is the place to go. The neighborhood has also got plenty of caucasians around, the US is heavily represented both in the shape of military personnel, and ESL teachers.

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