• Travel

    Planning my 6-week trip to Latin America: The birth of an epic journey! (2019)

    It’s funny, you know. As I think back on the last few months, I notice just how amazing the organic development of life can be. A little while ago, I posted an article on one of my life list items: Climbing Machu Picchu. It’s been one of the top items on my must-do list since 2012. It was a goal I set myself to complete this year – come what may. As I started looking into the logistics of the trip though, this one goal turned into something much bigger. Originally, I planned to meet up with some friends in New York to fly down to Peru and hike Machu…

  • South Korea,  Travel

    Finding and staying at a Seoul goshiwon

    If you’re looking for a cheap and affordable place to stay in Seoul, be it for one night or one year, goshiwons make a great budget option! Goshiwons are places offering small rooms, usually located in the more studenty areas of town like Shinchon, Hongdae, Ehwa, Seoul National Station etc. A goshiwon will usually offer renters a small room with a desk, chair and cupboard for about 15,000-25,000 won/night (short-term) or 300-600,000 won/month (long-term). Almost all of them will also offer free rice and kimchi for you to eat (and instant noodles and eggs too in the nicer places!)   Staying at a goshiwon Staying at a goshiwon is a…