a golden king keeps watch over seoul

There are many things to see in the center of the grand Gwanghawmun Square in the heart of Seoul. Gyeongbokgung Palace with Mount Bukaksan...

and you thought the glass of milk was expensive

Knowing several European languages is no help in Japan. In Osaka in particular, there is a decided lack of English speakers, even in the...

do not bring things with loathsome smell to osaka

After arriving at my hotel in Osaka's Namba neighborhood, I relaxed a while and then checked out the place in more depth. The Osaka...

the mutant strawberries of south korea

As I walked around various South Korean cities, I couldn't help but notice the huge amount of strawberries available on every street corner. Not...

the tumuli burial mounds of gyeongju

One of the cities in South Korea that is lauded as the most important for seeing archaeological artifacts is the city of Gyeongju. This...

a north korean defector in the demilitarized zone [dmz]

The Demilitarized Zone or DMZ as it is known, is an 155 mile expanse of land that hugs the border, or Military Demarcation...

seoul’s gyeongbokgung palace

In the center of the city of Seoul, just steps from the opera house and U.S. Embassy, can be found one of the most...

at the height of tensions, a step into north korea

"The visit to the Joint security Area at Pammunjom will entail into a hostile area and possibly injury or death as a direct result...

flying seoul-o: haneda to gimpo

After a night of pod living in Tokyo's Haneda airport and a few skipped heartbeats , my traveler's ADD calmed and I was at...

pod living at tokyo’s haneda airport

I've stayed in a few so-called "Pod Hotels" in various cities including New York, and was always somewhat disappointed that I did not get...

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