Puzzles aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Jeju Island. Naturally, you think of the beaches, the mountains, and the hikes. However, one of the best features of this island is that it has something for every one. One of my favorite memories from my first two trips to Jeju was the Maze Park. I wasn’t planning to visit a 3rd time but jumped on the chance when I learned about a second Maze “Land” nearby. Read more →
What makes something “World Class?” If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’d know it isn’t a term I like to throw around. To me, it means it is something you can confidently recommend to someone who is well traveled. The beaches of the Maldives are world class. Angkor is a world class destination. Kyoto is a world class city. Haeundae beach in Busan, meh…not so much. Read more →
“Yeah yeah yeah, just take us here,” we continued to tell the cab driver, pointing at a wrinkled map (yeah, we still used physical maps). My friend and I felt a little impatient as we knew we had to start this hike early in the morning to get to the top. The volcano that sits in the middle of Jeju Island, Mt. Halla (or “Hallasan”), stands at 1950 meters. It is no behemoth, but nothing to scoff at. The cab driver continued in his vain attempt to dissuade us from taking our chosen trail, but we thought he just wanted to drop us off farther to charge more.
We began our climb at around 9 am and continued for about 4 hours. The trails were awfully empty for such a popular mountain in Korea. Something seemed off. As we edged towards the top, we realized why. This trail Read more →