Under a Canopy of Cherry Blossoms

Nature has a way of helping you cope with change. There’s a brief interlude before the onslaught of severe cold or heat. These intervals don’t last for very long; but give you the respite, you’d need, to handle the difficult months to come. After a cold, seemingly never-ending winter and a chaotic trip back home; I…

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Hiking Inwangsan in Summer

The cherry blossoms have faded away, trees have got new leaves, and warm days are around the corner. This period opens a fantastic gateway to exploring Korean mountains. Last year, a heat wave swept across the country (like many other parts of Asia) making it extremely difficult to hike or even travel. That’s when, you…

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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Another revolution around the sun and and we’re back to where we left off — last year. I’ve never quite understood the difference between the first day of a new year and the last day of the year that went by. Morning doesn’t seem any different, the sun peeks when it feels like, clouds drift…

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Chasing Fall in Seoul

After a long sweltering summer, I couldn’t have been happier to welcome October. And as I waited patiently for the temperatures to fall, leaves to turn, and magic to descend on the city, I’ve been calling home — for half a year; Basil got a few days off. The timing couldn’t have been more wrong.…

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November Blues

Director, Kim Ki-duk introduced to me to his vision of Korea — through his movies. His take on Korean culture was cynical, contemplative, and probably, a deeply scathing review of popular culture. Even in its beauty, through beautiful cinematography, and despite the lack of grey tones, his work wasn’t always easy to digest. Perhaps, that’s why, he isn’t…

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2 days Along the Han

After a dry run of 15 km, from Mapo to Mangwan Hangang River Park, and back, along the Han; I thought I was sufficiently prepped to take our cycling to the next level. Honestly, I don’t think, I truly understood what I was getting into, when I chalked out a plan, for a day long…

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September Highs

Way back in the seventies, my parents along with my brother (who was three at that time) moved to the UK. Their stint would last for about three years, before they would eventually return home, but stories of their life and travels across Europe, would dominate the rest of their life. As a child, I’d…

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Just Another Ordinary Day in Seoul

Seoul doesn’t feature on many travellers’ bucket-list. Honestly, it didn’t feature on mine either. It doesn’t have the glitz of Shanghai or Tokyo’s breakneck pace. The city is austere; a lot of its cultural/heritage sites were destroyed or damaged during colonial rule. And the effect of its bitter past is hard to shake off. A…

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