Author Archives: Jen Pace Dickenson

Russia

Our trip is finished!

Irkutsk & Lake Baikal
Trans-Mongolian Railway
Moscow & St. Petersburg

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Mongolia

Golden Gobi Guesthouse
Ulan Bator
Mongolian Steppe & Ger Stay

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China

Happy Dragon Hostel
Beijing
Great Wall of China

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Vietnam

I am a little behind on blogging; we’re in Mongolia now! Here are my posts from Vietnam:

Hanoi
Hanoi Hostel
Halong Bay

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Laos

Leaving Laos today… Excited to meet Daniel in Vietnam! Laos was an awesome country though, very remote and beautiful. I especially enjoyed Luang Prabang and Kuang Si Falls!

Sengtawan Riverside Hotel/Vientiane
Buddha Park
Luang Prabang
Kuang Si Falls
Pak Ou Caves
Thongbay Guesthouse

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Hong Kong

Finished up my Hong Kong blogs! I am now in Vientiane, Laos.

Day 1
Day 2
Hostel

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Farewell Korea!

Leaving Korea after two years was bittersweet. While I didn’t always love my life there, I can say I was much happier after I quit teaching! Ha ha. What I will miss most is my friends. I feel like I really made some genuine, lifelong pals there. I am kind of sad about going home where my network is much smaller. In Korea you can bond quickly with other English teachers as you have so much in common. Also, it is easier to get lots of people to do fun stuff together… No one has kids, no one works on the weekends, and everyone has enough money to have fun. For example, I would never be able to get such a big group to go camping together back home in NC. Also my Korean friends are so thoughtful and sweet. They all got me awesome farewell gifts and wrote the sweetest/saddest letters and cards.

My official farewell dinner was last Sunday night at my favorite Indian restaurant. 19 people total!

During my last week I met up with as many people as possible! Then on my last night ten of us went to my favorite Korean restaurant.

I tried soju for the first time!

Ohee couldn’t make it to either dinner so she went to the airport with me yesterday morning. And cried!! I don’t like goodbyes so I laughed instead. I’m so awkward. But I will see her again when I am the Maid of Honor in her wedding in August!

Here are the awesome presents I received…

I will always remember my time in Korea fondly. But I am also eagerly anticipating my future, which right now entails traveling for five weeks and then returning home!

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