Busan: The Misunderstood City (Part 1)

“To be great is to be misunderstood.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Busan, your accent has been the benchmark of any feared gangsters, your people mistaken as unsophisticated countryside peasants and your cuisine is supposed to consist only of seafood. Do not worry, being misunderstood is just a path to greatness. And you are a great city, Busan. Shall we explore and untangle these misunderstandings?

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The Impossible Line: 38th Parallel

“War does not determine who is right – only who is left.”
― Bertrand Russell

Being in South Korea, there’s no room for Miss Hoggy to imagine that this country is actually half of a full circle, especially here in Seoul. The subway system is awesome and affordable. The different districts here have their own personality and quirks. Last but not least, the street shopping here is fantastic and plentiful. However, the youthful faces, donned in military gears, who travelled with her on the subway, roamed around the different districts hanging with their mates, and shopping around for gifts to their love ones on their visit home, reminded her that this country is in fact not complete, separated by the impossible line, 38th Parallel.

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Around Victoria in 10 days (Part 4)- FINALE

“Reality is wrong.” – Tupac Shakur

And that was what our dearest travel bug love to tell us, coming on a home stretch of an adventure. Reality is, every road trip has an end, despite what we wished it to be: an endless dream. Misshoggy is coming home, and to let that sink in, she’ll need a drink. Actually more than a drink. The important question is: what are you drinking?  Continue reading “Around Victoria in 10 days (Part 4)- FINALE”

Around Victoria in 10 days (Part 3)

” A daydream is an evasion” – Thomas Merton

It was a daydream, a reverie that Miss Hoggy could only do to escape the mountain of work stacked in front of her. Assignments, deadlines, household chores… it’s no surprise that the travel bug hit her in her moment of stationary. All she has left is reliving the moments of her leaving the camp site of Aire River East, on towards to the pampering capital of Victoria: Daylesford/Hepburn Spring. Yeah, it was nice.

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Merci, Armenia

“Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little” – Marguerite Gardiner

Admitedly, Miss Hoggy wasn’t a happy camper when she was told that her services as a teacher was no longer needed in the Republic of Georgia. She cried for days, screamed unfair, and naturally, she didn’t have the heart to stay in Georgia any longer. How could you ever be contented that you were denied the chance to do what you love, especially after you’ve fallen in love with it?

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My Goodbyes

“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

This is what that makes goodbyes harder: when it’s to friends and family found far away from home, where you know that it’s nearly impossible to go back. How do you ever say goodbye?

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