Archive for October, 2012

Call for articles: Kotesol International Conference reviews

October 24, 2012

To my dozen(s?) of readers, I will soon be reviewing the sessions I attended at the conference and want to know about other sessions.  I review somewhat critically but try to keep focused on the topic.  If you think you have what it takes to write Surprisesaplenty-quality material, let me know.


If you think you have what it takes to write Surprisesaplenty-quality material, let me know, please.


The most beautiful temple in …Busan

October 22, 2012

I’m a little busy these days but promised a coworker pictures of Seokbulsa, which might be the most beautiful temple in Korea.  Yeah, the more I think about this, better I feel about this strong claim.

Having made the claim, I need to back away, at least as far as my photography requires.  I do intend to stitch some more photos together to improve some panoramas and these photos are stacked in a gallery so I can’t describe them properly at this time.  Someday (probably), I will do so.

I do need to say the one of the road is meant to explain the shortest route to the temple.  The guides I found as stated start at Exit 2 of mandeok Subway Station and “head toward the older tunnel”.  Perhaps a better suggestion would be to stick to the left side of the road and just go up.  The older tunnel is named, on the road itself, as ‘1 jeh’.

Its a steep hike, but pleasant.

hadan to Kadeukdo bike ride

October 13, 2012

Indeed the ride was “to” but not actually “around” Kadeuk Island.  It’s been a while since I last rode and I was concerned about aches and pains if I went much further.  Still, the trip there along the ‘Gull’s Way’ was enjoyable on its own merits.

Near Myeongji Ocean City, I looked out and I swear that this must be some form of children’s castle made impregnable due to its location.

I’ve seen close-up what agriculture looks like in Korea and I have to admit that it is so intensive that it doesn’t look very attractive (this is probably true outside of Korea as well).  Aquaculture is at least as horrific to the eye.

The Gulls-Way to Kadeukdo is well-marked, but keep an eye open for the signs as you go through the final industrial areas before crossing to the island.  I missed a turn and went a little out of my way before turning back.

On Kadeukdo, I saw an old lifeboat.  Thirty-something years ago, my scout troop tried to refurbish one like this into a sailboat.  I guess it remains rusting away in the Scouter’s backyard.

There is a tiny island next to Kadeukdo and the Gull’s-way goes through it as well.  I followed most of that route, until steep hiking trails stopped me.

There is a school on the island but the students are unusual.  Click to enlargify to see the horses that make this field their own.

I climbed these stairs, and hiked further, to see if it was worth-while to carry the bike over.  Instead, I chose to make this the turn-around point.

From those stairs, I took a picture of this front yard that would seem so natural for Canada, but totally out of place here.

Possible in the above picture was this collection of jars.  I think they might be crab or octopus homes, that can be pulled up for harvest.  Considering how little I know about aquaculture, the above sentence might make me (more of) a laughingstock.

Looking across the bay to another island, I saw more fishing vessels.

I’m not sure yet if I heart Kadeuk, but I do like it and plan to return.