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Losing to my Mate at “Bishi Bashi” in Seoul, South Korea

I’ve delved into the whole “Casino Travel” thing a few times. I’ve been to casinos in Macau, Singapore, Niagara, London and Sydney. You might remember I even once won in a Casino in Macau. A few parts of Asia offer alternative forms of gambling and I’ve managed to catch a few of them on my Read more about Losing to my Mate at “Bishi Bashi” in Seoul, South Korea[…]

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Thirsty Thursdays: Drinking Guinness at the North Korea to South Korea Border at Panmunjom, DMZ

Did you hear the one about the Northern Irishman and the Southern Irishman drinking Irish stout on the North Korea to South Korea border? Hands across the divide – two countries on one island, two countries on one peninsula. One love – Guinness. The black stuff. Through my time working in Irish pubs and backpacking Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Drinking Guinness at the North Korea to South Korea Border at Panmunjom, DMZ[…]

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Visiting Seoul Tower, Seoul, South Korea

When I started backpacking I used to have a fettish for going up the highest buildings in every city I was in (Hamburg, Paris, New York, Auckland, Toronto etc.) but these days I’m less bothered. However in Seoul, I felt the need to head to the top of Seoul Tower for a meal with a Read more about Visiting Seoul Tower, Seoul, South Korea[…]

Jonny Blair visited Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, South Korea

Visiting Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, South Korea

You might not have heard of Hwaseong Fortress, or even of the city of Suwon, but if you want a bit of advice – put this on your agenda if you’re ever in Seoul, Korea’s lively capital. It’s an easy day trip to do, as I did, or you can go one step further and Read more about Visiting Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, South Korea[…]

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Thirsty Thursdays: North Korean Blueberry Wine

Officially at least, I made it across the border into North Korea a year ago, the same week that Kim Jong Il died. We did the DMZ tour, crossing the border from North to South in a sky blue hut in Panmunjom. Just before that however, we were able to visit two shops inside the Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: North Korean Blueberry Wine[…]

Neung Dong/Konkuk to Hyewha Via Charlie Browns Cafe

So after a huge first night out in Seoul and the reunion with Millwall Neil in the freezing Winter of South Korea, lunch (rather later than usual) including a hot coffee was high on our agendas. The area Neil lives in is known as Neung Dong (I will also refer to it as Konkuk, perhaps Read more about Neung Dong/Konkuk to Hyewha Via Charlie Browns Cafe[…]

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DMZ Tour Part 12: Korean Souvenirs

As an atlas freak and a travel nomad, I have picked up a total addiction for collecting souvenirs. Not even in a normal way I’m afraid. For example, I keep a plastic flimsy (folder/poly pocket) for EVERY new place I visit, whether it be a country, city or even just a tour. If there’s enough Read more about DMZ Tour Part 12: Korean Souvenirs[…]

DMZ Tour Part 11: Heading Back To Seoul

After the busy day on the DMZ Tour where we crammed a lot in and totally enjoyed ourselves, it was time to hand in our badges at the JSA and board our bus back to Seoul where we were staying in Fully House Hostel in Hyewha. It was still daylight as we left the 4 Read more about DMZ Tour Part 11: Heading Back To Seoul[…]

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