Pat managed to get some time off recently and took a trip down to Kenting, one of Taiwan's best-known beach resorts. Back from his trip, and suitably sunburned, he blogs about what he found there.
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Articles covering one of the most exciting things about teaching abroad: Food
When we think of food in South Korea, many non-natives think of bulgogi, bbq, and Korean tofu soup. These dishes are excellent, but here is a brief introduction to some foods in Gyeongbuk that are not as well known to foreigners.
Ah yes, the numerous motivations for travel; a sense of wanderlust, the pursuit of personal growth or spiritual awakening. Or perhaps it is the realization that living broke in your parent's basement is not nearly as cool as you thought it would be when you were thirteen.
As you travel down the strip on Gwangalli Beach, there's so much to choose from. Lights everywhere indicating, "We're open for business. We're the best on the beach, and we have everything you need right here, plus, a great view of the bridge and the beach. And not surprising at all, is the number of seafood restaurants that appear from all around in this wonderful area. I recently visited a Korean seafood restaurant called Badajulgae, (ba-da-jul-gay), which roughly translates to "sea of shellfish".
If you’re worried about what to do during all your free time here- stop. There’s so much to see and do especially if you’re on the mainland! I didn’t have Facebook before coming here, but it has proven to be immensely helpful in seeing what sorts of events are happening where and when. You can easily get yourself to another province by bus or train if you’re on the mainland and many people leave Jeju for the weekend and spend it shopping/eating in Seoul or Busan.
Arabian cuisine is strong flavored and spicy. If you like rich combinations of food, you will definitely like the food in Saudi Arabia. Most dishes contain meat, rice, wheat, vegetables and spices that give these recipes a special flavor.
One of the major benefits of living and teaching in Abu Dhabi is that with its significant expat population an extraordinary choice of cuisine is available. Today’s UAE diet is one of many international delights, featuring dishes from all over the world including traditional Indian, Lebanese, Chinese and Indonesian fare. You’ll even manage to find fried chicken if you’re really craving some Southern comfort food!
My breakfast is eaten at home, though I always get a vending machine instant coffee with the bits of change in my pocket.
For those more in tune with breakfast, there are loads of breakfast cereals and toast and spread and fruit selections available. Traditional Korean breakfast is seaweed soup with turnip and often fish, served with rice and kimchi.
Drinking is virtually a national sport in Korea, and there seems to be virtually no stigma attached to getting stinking drunk in public, particularly for men.
There are no shortage of drinking establishments, from sidewalk tents to trendy nightclubs, and this seems to be the recreational activity of choice for many English teachers in Korea.