Mom & Dad in Korea, Part 2: Busan

After a full weekend in Seoul, my parents and I took the express train down to Busan. Mom and Dad would be staying in a district of the city very close to where I live. The only motel I could find for them in that area was a “love motel,” usually used by Korean couples but also a budget option for travelers.

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We were welcomed into Busan with Christmas lights.

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A sign at Sky Motel, where Mom and Dad stayed.

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Mom & Dad’s hotel room.

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The view from the hotel room.

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On their first day in Busan, Mom and Dad came and visited my school.

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My school, Sinkum Elementary.

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A sign on the stairs at my school with some questionable English. Still not sure what this is supposed to mean.

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Lunch in the school cafeteria.

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The faculty table.

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Posing for a picture with the principal.

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The school library.

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The auditorium/gym.

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One of the school’s many hallways.

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My classroom.

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Student projects.

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Me and Shonte, the other foreign teacher at my school.

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Mom with one of my second grade students.

After the school visit, we took a trip to Geumgok, my neighborhood.

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At the riverside near my apartment.

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Mom and Dad in my neighborhood.

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My street.

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Shopping at Lotte Mart.

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Hwamyeong, the district of the city my parents stayed in.

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Inside Hwamyeong subway station.

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A dinner of Korean barbecue.

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In Deokcheon, another district of the city, after dinner.

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Shabu shabu for lunch.

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The next day we hiked up Mount Geumnyeon, which provides a fantastic view of the city and its surroundings.

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At a lookout point on Mount Geumnyeon.

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Stopping for a bit of exercise on the way up Mount Geumnyeon.

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The spectacular view of Busan from Mount Geumnyeon.

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Dad enjoying some coffee on a cold afternoon.

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After our hike we went to Gwangalli Beach where we ate grilled clams for dinner.

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In front of Diamond Bridge on Gwangalli Beach.

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Dad testing out the “mouth of truth,” a replica of one in Rome (that we visited on a trip to Italy back in 2004) outside the grilled clam restaurant where we ate dinner. The mouth is supposed to close on your hand if you tell a lie.

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Enjoying grilled clams for dinner.

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The next day was Christmas. We celebrated in Mom and Dad’s hotel room, which Mom had decorated nicely.

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Mom decorated the hotel room on Christmas morning.

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Our first family Christmas photo without Luca.

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Christmas lunch: Korean fast food.

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Christmas dinner: more fast food!

The next day we were off on another adventure, this time to the south of the city, where we would hike to the Taejongdae cliffs.

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Breakfast at a favorite place of mine: Paris Baguette! It’s a franchise that can be found even in the smallest town of Korea.

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Hiking to the Taejongdae cliffs.

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Stopping for a snack of walnut cake.

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Taejongdae cliffs.

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Korean graffiti.

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Colorful rock layers.

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Koreans preparing seafood below Taejongdae cliffs.

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The pebble beach beside Taejongdae cliffs.

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A neat rock pile my mom made on the pebble beach.

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Dad enjoying another exercise playground.

After our visit to the Taejongdae cliffs, we stopped by the Nampo district to see Christmas lights and the Jagalchi fish market.

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Christmas lights in the Nampo district.

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At the famous Busan International Film Festival Square, filled with street food vendors.

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At the famous Jagalchi fish market.

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Dad and I had Korean-Chinese spicy seafood soup for dinner.

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Mom had noodles with black bean sauce, another Korean-Chinese dish.

Stay tuned…there is still one blog post to go in our Korean family adventures!

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