WTAsia2015: Mudeungsan National Park and Chonnam National University

We joined an old friend of mine (a professor at Chonnam National University) and some of his students on our second day in Gwangju to explore one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations — Mudeungsan National Park. It’s a mountain, so there’s a bit of a hike — literally. We decided to visit one of […]

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WTAsia2015: Getting to Gwangju, South Korea

We left Jeju Island via a quick flight on Asiana Airlines, landed in Gwangju, and made our way to our guesthouse. We didn’t have much time to explore Gwangju — just two days — so we dropped off our luggage and headed straight for the May 18th National Cemetery. There’s more information in my blog post from […]

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Launching #WTAsia2015

Almost two years have passed since Kim Bruce and I took our first group of travel writing students to South Korea and Japan. We dubbed that study abroad effort #WTAsia2013. Last Thursday, after a winter storm had forced class cancellations the week before, we finally launched #WTAsia2015. This year’s plan is to spend two weeks in South Korea. […]

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Gwangju, South Korea — Dying for Democracy

When people ask me why I like to travel, I tell them over and over again that I enjoy it because I learn things. It teaches me. It humbles me. It challenges me. I find that to be worth every dollar I spend on it and every small frustration I might experience along my way. My visit to […]

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