October Wrap Up
November has swept in with its cold weather, which means it is time for another monthly wrap up, now featuring some of my favorite Instagram shots from the month. October was a really good, and busy, month. At the beginning of the month I went to Japan and completely fell in love with the country and food. I spent a weekend with Tara hiking, and drinking too much soju, and determined to see fall colors in Seoraksan National Park. Later in the month one of my good friends from home to visit for a weekend on her way home from China. I had a great time showing her some of of my favorite things about Seoul and introducing her to delicious Korean eats. As you can see, there’s a lot to be blogged about this month!
On the blog front, you may have noticed that I started monetizing. There are a couple affiliate links (meaning I make a small amount of money if someone purchases something after clicking from my blog) and sponsored posts on Farsickness now. I will always let my readers know when a post has been sponsored, and I only write about topics that I would’ve normally written about, using links that I think are beneficial.
My Favorite Farsickness Posts
Getting Indulged at a Maid Cafe: Visiting a maid cafe was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever done, but also one of the most fun. And very Japanese.
What To Do After Traveling?: What to do next is always a question of concern for me, and probably many other expats and long term travelers. Now that my time in Korea is winding down I’m scrambling to make some plans.
Flashback Friday: 24 Hours in Paris: It was a whirlwind, but I was able to see a lot of Paris, and have a lot of fun, in just 24 hours.
Cheap and Delicious Eats in Tokyo: This post was featured on a large Japanese site and has had over 5,000 hits! Not surprising, as who can resist pictures of delicious things? (Not me.)
Scenes of Tokyo: Walking around Tokyo checking out the different neighborhoods (and comparing it to Seoul) was my favorite way to spend my time in the city.
A Day Trip to Hakone: Black eggs, getting naked in public, and a failed attempt at seeing Mt. Fuji. It was quite the day trip.
What I’ve Been Reading
Travel Rinse Repeat Long Live Tacheles: John’s great post, and absolutely beautiful photos, about the former artist enclave of Tacheles gives me one more reason I’m sad I didn’t make it to Berlin sooner.
Landing Standing F*ck the Temples- Let’s Surf: How We Ignore Travel Guilt & Why You Should To: I’m a horrible traveler in the sense that no matter how much I do, I still feel guilty if I don’t see everything a place has to offer. Tony’s post reminded me that travel is about doing and seeing what makes you happy and that you shouldn’t feel bad about it.
Backpacker Becki Travelling to North Korea- Where Preconceptions and Reality Collide: I toyed with the idea of going to North Korea this summer but ultimately didn’t make it. Becki did a great job not only reporting on what she saw on the government run tour, but also trying to make sense of it all.
Live For Travel Haunted Detroit: I’m not a huge fan of anything scary, but Gina’s pictures of Detroit are stunning, the post is incredibly detailed, and I support getting the word out about this great city.
Y Travel Blog Why Don’t We Greet People With Honour in the Western World?: I’ve become a crazy bower since moving to Korea and have often wondered the same thing as Caz- why don’t we show more respect to others in the West?
Farsickness Around The Internet
Her Packing List Pros and Cons of Kindle Keyboard 3G from a Kindle Convert: Do you travel with a Kindle or other e-reader? Check out my review of the Kindle Keyboard. I’ll give you a hint about what I think about them- there are more pros than cons.
Backpacks and Bunkbeds A Travel Blogger Interview: Neil was kind enough to feature an interview with me on his great blog.
All Colores Public Transportation: Fantastic Adventures, Misadventures, and Tips: Ayelet did a really awesome round up of blog posts about public transportation around the world and included my Seoul subway guide.
I have ZERO plans for the month of November, and for the first time in my life, I’m excited about it! My contract ends in a little over 3 (!) months and I need to save as much money as possible before February 15. November will be about snuggling under blankets with tea, getting a lot of back end blog work done, and concentrating on the MatadorU travel writing course I signed up for. Oh, and eating my way through my Korean food bucket list and resting before the madness of December, January, and February begin!
What were your favorite posts around the blogosphere in October? Do you have any travel plans that you are looking forward to in November?