Memory Lane: Top 10 of 2010

 

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#10- Boseong Tea Fields

In the Spring, my boyfriend and I took the opportunity to enjoy the warm weather and explore the Boseong Tea Fields.  The long drive from Daegu was well worth it.  We took a nice stroll through a valley that brought us to lush green hills.  It was a beautiful day, other than the fact that they wouldn’t serve me tea to drink.  Apparently in Korea, only Green Tea ICE CREAM is served in Spring. Hmmm…

#9- World Cup Soccer Game

This year I watched my very first World Cup series.  I’m not usually a football (soccer) fan, but being in this crazy environment, I couldn’t help myself!  South Korea was playing and the locals were insane!  I got to watch their first game in a park on a giant outdoor screen.  Fans were fully decked out in ‘Fighting Korea!” gear, and we were happy to join in.  We squished our way onto the grass with our cheap convenience store beer and settled in between a Korean family and a crew of guys to cheer on “our team”.    We were amongst hundreds of thousands of people as Korea beat Greece 2-0!  To celebrate properly, an amazing fireworks display was set off .  I couldn’t help but feel pride for this country I have grown to call home!

#8- The Man Who Turned into a Dog

The Daegu Theatre Troupe pulled together our first night of one act plays to start off summer 2010.  I directed Osvaldo Dragun’s ‘The Man Who Turned into a Dog”.  It was my first official directing project, where I studied a piece and turned a creative vision into a performance.  I am very grateful to my lovely actors that were involved in this project.  I was so proud to watch all their hard work come to life on stage!

#7- My 25th Birthday

I’ve spent a few birthdays in Korea, and this one was my favorite.  Not only was I crossing over a traditional “milestone,” but I got to share it with people I have come to care so much about.  It was a weeknight, so no late partying was on the agenda; however, I got exactly what I wanted: to sit on a patio and sip delicious wine.  My Korean friends were confused that us Westerners enjoy sitting in the sweltering heat, but I convinced them that this was true summer living!

#6- Comedy Cabaret Night

This night was also a Daegu Theatre Troupe performance.  We raised money for a women’s shelter and put on a mixed performance about dating, relationships, love, and life.  I acted in a few of these scenes and it brought back all the memories and adrenalin that come with rehearsing, creating characters, and performing on stage.  With every performance comes the reminder that theatre will always be a part of my life.

#5- Jirisan Lunar New Year Trip

This trip allowed me to be a kid again.  I hiked up 1500 m to an amazing view of the winter landscape.  There was snow everywhere, and making a snow angel at the peak was first on my to-do list!  Koreans shed nervous laughter as they noticed us hiking with no proper gear and our own makeshift walking sticks.   It was a great weekend to enjoy Korea’s natural beauty- even in the dead of winter!

#4- Elephant Rescue Camp

This summer, I took a month-long trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand.  During that time, I was lucky to have the chance to visit the Elephant Nature Park to meet elephants who have been rescued from the trekking and logging industries in Asia.  It was an amazing and emotional day as we fed, bathed, and watched them play in a free environment.  The experience has opened my eyes and made me want to do more volunteer work around the world.

#3- Namhae Island Chuseok Trip

For our one week Korean Thanksgiving holiday (Chuseok), my boyfriend and I explored a new area of the country.  We took a trip to the beautiful and quiet Namhae island.  For a very cheap price, we rented a pension with a seaview balcony, kitchenette and barbecue.  We lazed on the beach far away from the noisy city life, read books, took long walks, and enjoyed delicious seafood.  It was an awesome holiday after a busy summer!

#2- CELTA course

This year I decided to forfeit a real summer vacation and instead spent the month in Chiang Mai, Thailand to get my CELTA certification.  It was an indescribable month.  I met ten other trainees who also teach abroad. We lived in the middle of the beautiful country while taking classes each day, learning and discussing ESL, teaching, writing assignments, and eating delicious Thai food.  I met wonderful Thai students who I taught as part of the program.  I learned so much in this month that I will take with me and hopefully use in future classrooms.

#1- Philippines vacation

My trip to the Philippines with my boyfriend came early in the year and has stuck by me as my favorite memory!  Exploring Manila; visiting an active volcano in Legaspi, traveling to Donsol to swim with a whale shark; relaxing in Cebu by the beach and snorkeling,  exploring some of Negros island.  It was an unforgettable trip with an amazing travel partner and a perfect mix of city lights and moonlit beach nights!

Here’s hoping for more adventures in 2011!

 

4 Responses to Memory Lane: Top 10 of 2010
  1. Meredith
    December 31, 2010 | 7:05 pm

    Awesome. I hope you have lots of adventures to come! Happy New Year!

    • Kristin
      January 2, 2011 | 2:21 pm

      Thanks Meredith! I wish you the best for 2011 as well!

  2. Tori8
    January 2, 2011 | 9:33 am

    Ahhh, how nice to read about some fun times from 2010 😀 May you have many more in 2011 filled with friends, love and laughter. Oh and Latin…. America!!!!

    • Kristin
      January 2, 2011 | 2:22 pm

      Same to you, dear Tori! I’m very excited that this new year starts off with a reunion with you!!

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Memory Lane: Top 10 of 2010

 

Turn in

photo credit: TCR4x4

#10- Boseong Tea Fields

In the Spring, my boyfriend and I took the opportunity to enjoy the warm weather and explore the Boseong Tea Fields.  The long drive from Daegu was well worth it.  We took a nice stroll through a valley that brought us to lush green hills.  It was a beautiful day, other than the fact that they wouldn’t serve me tea to drink.  Apparently in Korea, only Green Tea ICE CREAM is served in Spring. Hmmm…

#9- World Cup Soccer Game

This year I watched my very first World Cup series.  I’m not usually a football (soccer) fan, but being in this crazy environment, I couldn’t help myself!  South Korea was playing and the locals were insane!  I got to watch their first game in a park on a giant outdoor screen.  Fans were fully decked out in ‘Fighting Korea!” gear, and we were happy to join in.  We squished our way onto the grass with our cheap convenience store beer and settled in between a Korean family and a crew of guys to cheer on “our team”.    We were amongst hundreds of thousands of people as Korea beat Greece 2-0!  To celebrate properly, an amazing fireworks display was set off .  I couldn’t help but feel pride for this country I have grown to call home!

#8- The Man Who Turned into a Dog

The Daegu Theatre Troupe pulled together our first night of one act plays to start off summer 2010.  I directed Osvaldo Dragun’s ‘The Man Who Turned into a Dog”.  It was my first official directing project, where I studied a piece and turned a creative vision into a performance.  I am very grateful to my lovely actors that were involved in this project.  I was so proud to watch all their hard work come to life on stage!

#7- My 25th Birthday

I’ve spent a few birthdays in Korea, and this one was my favorite.  Not only was I crossing over a traditional “milestone,” but I got to share it with people I have come to care so much about.  It was a weeknight, so no late partying was on the agenda; however, I got exactly what I wanted: to sit on a patio and sip delicious wine.  My Korean friends were confused that us Westerners enjoy sitting in the sweltering heat, but I convinced them that this was true summer living!

#6- Comedy Cabaret Night

This night was also a Daegu Theatre Troupe performance.  We raised money for a women’s shelter and put on a mixed performance about dating, relationships, love, and life.  I acted in a few of these scenes and it brought back all the memories and adrenalin that come with rehearsing, creating characters, and performing on stage.  With every performance comes the reminder that theatre will always be a part of my life.

#5- Jirisan Lunar New Year Trip

This trip allowed me to be a kid again.  I hiked up 1500 m to an amazing view of the winter landscape.  There was snow everywhere, and making a snow angel at the peak was first on my to-do list!  Koreans shed nervous laughter as they noticed us hiking with no proper gear and our own makeshift walking sticks.   It was a great weekend to enjoy Korea’s natural beauty- even in the dead of winter!

#4- Elephant Rescue Camp

This summer, I took a month-long trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand.  During that time, I was lucky to have the chance to visit the Elephant Nature Park to meet elephants who have been rescued from the trekking and logging industries in Asia.  It was an amazing and emotional day as we fed, bathed, and watched them play in a free environment.  The experience has opened my eyes and made me want to do more volunteer work around the world.

#3- Namhae Island Chuseok Trip

For our one week Korean Thanksgiving holiday (Chuseok), my boyfriend and I explored a new area of the country.  We took a trip to the beautiful and quiet Namhae island.  For a very cheap price, we rented a pension with a seaview balcony, kitchenette and barbecue.  We lazed on the beach far away from the noisy city life, read books, took long walks, and enjoyed delicious seafood.  It was an awesome holiday after a busy summer!

#2- CELTA course

This year I decided to forfeit a real summer vacation and instead spent the month in Chiang Mai, Thailand to get my CELTA certification.  It was an indescribable month.  I met ten other trainees who also teach abroad. We lived in the middle of the beautiful country while taking classes each day, learning and discussing ESL, teaching, writing assignments, and eating delicious Thai food.  I met wonderful Thai students who I taught as part of the program.  I learned so much in this month that I will take with me and hopefully use in future classrooms.

#1- Philippines vacation

My trip to the Philippines with my boyfriend came early in the year and has stuck by me as my favorite memory!  Exploring Manila; visiting an active volcano in Legaspi, traveling to Donsol to swim with a whale shark; relaxing in Cebu by the beach and snorkeling,  exploring some of Negros island.  It was an unforgettable trip with an amazing travel partner and a perfect mix of city lights and moonlit beach nights!

Here’s hoping for more adventures in 2011!

 

4 Responses to Memory Lane: Top 10 of 2010
  1. Meredith
    December 31, 2010 | 7:05 pm

    Awesome. I hope you have lots of adventures to come! Happy New Year!

    • Kristin
      January 2, 2011 | 2:21 pm

      Thanks Meredith! I wish you the best for 2011 as well!

  2. Tori8
    January 2, 2011 | 9:33 am

    Ahhh, how nice to read about some fun times from 2010 😀 May you have many more in 2011 filled with friends, love and laughter. Oh and Latin…. America!!!!

    • Kristin
      January 2, 2011 | 2:22 pm

      Same to you, dear Tori! I’m very excited that this new year starts off with a reunion with you!!

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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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