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Parks

IMG_8116It was one of those wake up and look out the window mornings. Pulling back the curtains of our immense hotel window, I stretched to a view of sunshine and mountains. No tall buildings in sight. No people rushing to work. No tasty smog. This was a pocket of calm that had to be relished.

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Jinhae1I checked my watch… looked out the window… turned on my camera… turned off my camera. Repeat. It was 1:12PM and we were minutes from Jinhae Station. Gotta catch the moment… can’t miss it, can’t miss it, I kept reminding myself. When or where this was going to happen, I didn’t have a clue. So far all my expectations had been lived through pictures and hearsay, and I remained determined to see this “stuff of fairy tales” with my own eyes.

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Hallasan1The greenest, most peaceful park in South Korea is, ironically enough, located around a volcano. Named Hallasan, this beast of a mountain is massive enough to bring the entirety of Jeju Island (the last paradise in Korea) to its complete and utter destruction.

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Herb HillzAfter 10 minutes of laboring through the suspended web of obstacles with the grace of a crippled monkey, I decide I should perhaps give up on my future goal of auditioning for Ninja Warrior. I take solace in the fact that at least I can still look badass zip lining through the trees.

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Suseong LakeSecure a bit of quality alone time as you glide around the lake in your very own swan shaped boat. I’d suggest getting your cardio up before taking this on. In the event your date is not the athletic type (or if you feel inclined to impress her), pedaling this clunky steel bird alone for 30 minutes can create a burning soreness in your thighs. There’s a lot of lake to cover, and the boat only has one speed: slow.

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