The Seoul of Asia – South Korea

(Photo: Gwanghwamun square Seoul)

Hi everyone, 

(First of all, some photo’s are taken by a really bad and old camera many years ago, so I’m sorry if the quality is not great of a few pictures – I try to use the pics taken with a better camera as much as possible! I made the faces of friends and acquaintances unrecognizable because they don’t have to end up at the internet and become a victim of my hobby 😉 – (All pictures are mine, nothing is sponsored).

In 2009 and 2010 I studied in Seoul at the Sungkyunkwan University. This was such a good time! Getting to know Korea, the Korean people and their culture, as well foreign students from all over the world which taught me all their traditions. Also I know much more about for example the hype around K-pop, doctor fish (which is….many years later populair in Europe), celebrating national festivities, celebrating Halloween, the clubbing scene, karaoke, Korean food, having dinner at any time of the day (and night), cutting food with a scissor, bumping into weird shops (the best one, which unfortunately disappeared, was a 3D ride attraction shop – where you stepped into a moving fake car with 3D glasses on and experienced a virtual rollercoaster of horror scene), Korean Drama series (especially Full House) and many more!

Well, a blogpost about Seoul. Many people don’t know a lot about South-Korea or Seoul and don’t think of Korea as a travel destination like for example Japan or China. Unfortunate because Seoul is a huge metropolis where you can see and do a lot of things. And besides that, Korea is a beautiful country which has a lot to offer besides Seoul. In my opinion –  Seoul is even more modern as Tokyo. Seoul consist of a lot of districts, which all are known for something (a student district, shopping districts, a theater district, art district, clubbing district, fancy district etc.), sticked together and created this enormous city. In Seoul you find history and the future mixed together and it is a city which never sleeps. As I lived here for in total 8 months I got to know this city quite well and lately I noticed more and more people are planning a trip to Korea. Still it’s hard to write down tips for Seoul as places and especially restaurants open up and disappear a couple of weeks later. This city is changing every week – but the main attractions and things you should do (or eat)….it all stays the same. Here’s my to do list if you visit Seoul for the first time!

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Around Lake Titicaca, Peru

(Photo: Lake Titicaca).

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Way way back – one of my favorite Dutch television programs called Peking Express was filmed in Peru. This sounds a bit weird; the concept of the television program can be best described as couples who signed up for a hitchhike competition – (originally started in Peking and around the Peking Express railway) – but to keep the concept updated they chose to film in other countries for the other seasons. Anyways, back in 2007 I fell in love with the images of Peru and especially the Machu Picchu. In November 2015 this dream came true. I traveled to Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes and the Machu Picchu, to Puno and Lake Titicaca and ended my trip in Arequipa. If I see pictures of Peru they are almost all taken at the Machu Picchu which I understand because it is one of the coolest and most magical spots on earth. I will definitely write a blogpost about that later on. Less shown on for example instagram is Lake Titicaca which is also beautiful, picture worthy and yes a bit touristic as well. (Nothing is sponsored, all pictures are mine, scroll down for the Dutch blogpost including different photos)

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My favourite things to do in Buenos Aires

(Photo: Buenos Aires vibes and music)

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I never get bored of Buenos Aires. Actually the more often I visit this city, the more I like it. The first time I visited Buenos Aires was in 2014 during a short 2-weeks backpack trip all by myself. At that time I stayed at the Millhouse hostel – the most fun party hostel of Buenos Aires (which is a great place if you travel alone – you never have to feel alone and  have the opportunity to meet people and hang out / do some sightseeing stuff / have dinner and party with people all the time). From 2015 and on I went back almost every year due to my flight attendant job (now I have the opportunity to stay in a beautiful hotel) on 8 day layovers, with a turnaround Santiago de Chili in between.(Nothing is sponsored, all pictures are taken by me, scroll down for the Dutch story and different photos).

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Tourists have more fun in Beijing

(Photo: Jumping across the Great Wall of China)

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As you may have read in a previous blog I ended my TransMongolian Express trip in UlaanBaatar instead of Beijing as I did not have enough time. Besides that I went to Beijing already two times (in 2009 and in 2014). In the future I will fly to Beijing for work as well due to an aircraft change. Not mentioning I love Beijing and China. However the first time I visited China in particular, I was 19 years old and a student in Seoul, South-Korea – I felt completely lost in Beijing as it was very cold (December), I got immediately ripped off by a illegal taxi driver and worst thing – my camera got stolen after the Beijing trip in Shanghai! All my pictures of for example the Great wall were gone! Now I’m older, more experienced, I do not get a culture shock very fast  and more careful with my belongings. I felt so terrible still after years about losing my pictures – that I forced my boyfriend to spend our holidays in China in the year 2014 so I could re-take my pictures again. (Nothing is sponsored, all pictures are mine, scroll down for the Dutch version)

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A Tropical Getaway – Hello Mauritius!

(Photo: Ile Aux Cerfs)

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The weather in the Netherlands is ice cold and grey these days – very depressing! Time to pack my bags and escape to the sun! I had to do some homework first – since I’m pregnant I cannot visit any destinations with a risk of getting Zika, healthcare needs to be good in case something happens with the baby, the risk of food poisoning should be minimal and I cannot do a lot of activities as I’m not allowed to do a lot of watersports, next level hiking etc. As some things cost just too much energy with ligament pain due to a kicking baby in my belly – tropical Mauritius is a perfect option! Let the babymoon begin! (Nothing is sponsored, all pictures are mine, scroll down for the Dutch version and different photo’s).

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The TransMongolian Express – Part 7 – The Last day in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

(Photo: Me at the Genghis Khan Square in Ulaanbaatar)

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After the amazing trip to the Terelj National Park we got dropped off at the Holiday Inn Hotel in UlaanBaatar. Luckily our room was available before check-in time (YAY) so we could enjoy a good hot shower in our luxury big bathroom and take a powernap in a comfortable big soft hotelbed before jumping into the citycenter. This felt amazing! From this moment I realized how tired I was and how intensive this trip was. (Nothing is sponsored, all pictures are taken by me – scroll down for the Dutch version and different photos).

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The TransMongolian Express – Part 6 – The Real Mongolian Experience!

(Photo: Me in front of my Yurt)

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If you think about Mongolia you think about the traditional yurts, open fields and steppe landscapes, horses, nomads, mongolian colorful interiors, ovoos (what?) and falcons…….(Nothing is sponsored – all pictures are taken by me – scroll down for the Dutch version and different photo’s!)

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The TransMongolian Express part 5: The Trainride & First Mongolian Landscapes

(Photo: Me and a Mongolian Train Unit)

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I’m sorry it took a while to continue posting on my blog, especially about this trip. Maybe you have checked out my instagram page (misstravelstories) and noticed something exciting happened. I’m now at the moment (while writing this post) 14,5 weeks pregnant! Unfortunately I felt very sick in the first trimester so was not able to write any posts as the computer screen made me feel nauseous!

I was always fascinated about Mongolia and it’s culture, don’t ask me why. When I was still in high school I remember I read a article in a magazine called the ElleGirl (it does not exist anymore in the Netherlands) about 2 girls who did this trip. Since that moment it was at the top of my bucket list. And finally it was time to get on the train to Ulaanbaatar! So exciting! The train ride from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar takes 2 nights and less than 2 days. (All photos are taken by me – nothing is sponsored – scroll down for the Dutch version and different photos)

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The TransMongolian Express part 4 – The Sights of Siberia

(Photo: Me in front of a Traditional Siberian Wooden House)

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After a 4 day train ride with a Russian train at the TransMongolian / TransSiberian Express route, I arrived in Irkutsk located in the Siberian part of Russia. Irkutsk is 5193 km away from Moscow with the train and I never had any imagination about Siberia. The only thing I knew about it is that it can be -40 degrees during winter time and way in the past people were banned to this part of the world. But if you arrive in Irkutsk, you end up in just a Russian modern civilized city. Somebody was waiting for us at the platform of the train station to take us with a mini van to Listvyanka at the famous Lake Baikal and hand us over our train tickets for the trip to Mongolia. (All photos are taken by me – nothing is sponsored – scroll down for the Dutch version and different photos)

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