Patchwork: welcome to a new life


Amazing food in charming restaurants.


Hole-in-the-walls near Jongno.



Endless nights out.


Late-night beer snacks.


Adorable Hongdae boutiques.


Confusing apothecaries and herbshops in Insadong.


Tiny bars and IV drinks!


A million and one sports games.


Holing up with friends in tiny basement bars.


The best live music in a Busan bar.


Watching pilgrims…


…at Buddhist temples on the beach.


Fireworks festivals over the water.


And the absolute magic of this country at night.

Check out the full set at Flickr:

Also, on an unrelated and horrifically belated (i blame travel and general life-upheaval on my tardiness in posting this; that’s legit, right?!) note: Cengiz & Tony published a short interview with me over at their blog, Riding Out The Economy, which you should check out if you’ve ever wanted to know more about Anywhere But Home or the girl behind it. Although even if you’ve never wanted to know anything more about ABH, you should check out their blog regardless, because it’s chock full of seriously stunning photos and videos of their crazy adventures in Southeast Asia. My new favourite: Cengiz’s accounts of riding a motorcycle through Vietnam. See for yourself!

8 Responses to Patchwork: welcome to a new life

  1. Kirstin 8 November, 2010 at 02:50 #

    I just read your interview on riding out the economy. You definitely need to visit Central Asia! I’m living in Bishkek right now, it’s definitely an interesting experience. Let me know if you ever plan on making it out this way, I could give you some tips.

    • na-o-mi 9 November, 2010 at 06:37 #

      Oh Kirstin. I am SO glad that you stopped by – I just checked out your blog and am definitely digging your style. Working in Iraq?? Pretty interesting – I’d love to visit someday when and check out all the archaeological sites :) What’s left of them, at least…

      • Kirstin 12 November, 2010 at 22:28 #

        Ahh thanks so much! I would love to go back to Iraq (in several years of course, they need some time to sort stuff out), I rarely ever left the compound and never got to travel around the country so there’s so much I want to see! I hear the government is taking a bigger interest in preserving and promoting their sites, but unfortunately I hear they’re planning on tearing down all of Saddam’s palaces and over-the-top monuments :-/

        In Bishkek, one of my favorite TV channels is the Korean one (one of the only channels with English subtitles) and there’s ALWAYS news about cabbage prices. They make it look like kimchi madness!!

  2. Liz 8 November, 2010 at 13:49 #

    Ahh Korea!!! I want to go there so bad. What’s it like with the kimichi shortage going on?

    • na-o-mi 9 November, 2010 at 06:42 #

      Hey Liz! When did you get a new blog?
      In any case, it’s not so much a shortage as it is simply that napa cabbage (the most popular cabbage for kimchi) has gotten ridiculously expensive. As a result, we’ve been having a lot of pickled radish (which is technically just a different kind of kimchi) at work for lunch. But people certainly have gotten upset about all the inflated vegetable prices ;)

  3. Lauren Quinn 15 November, 2010 at 11:30 #

    Rad to get a glimpse into your new world. Glad it’s going well!

  4. Kim 24 February, 2013 at 20:02 #

    I just came across your blog and I’m planning on doing an “around the world” type of trip too once I finish my university degree. South Korea is definitely a place I’ve wanted to travel to for ages, and I was wondering- what was your job whist in Korea?

    • na-o-mi 27 February, 2013 at 15:03 #

      Teaching English! If you ever have questions about it, feel free to e-mail me – I could ramble on how fantastic it is for ages :)

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