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Tag You’re It

So I was tagged by Candice to be part of the Tripbase Blog Tag. The basis is for each person tagged to give up 3 Travel Secrets and ask 5 others to do the same. Then all of the travel secrets get compiled into a nice list. So let’s begin!

1. Take time to people watch. I have the luxury to live in a foreign country, so I get to see how people live on a daily basis. However, for my first few weeks here I did not notice many things because I did not take the time to just look around. I found if just take some time to look around you can learn a lot. So my tip is to take a few minutes, grab a coffee, tea, or your beverage of choice, and find a place to sit and relax to just people watch. I have found a corner Starbucks at a busy intersection where I can watch people not only walk down the street but I can also see them crossing the street. I think you can learn a lot by simply watching how people cross the street. Do they wait for the light to go? Do they run or walk slowly? Do they drag their children behind them? Do they bump into each other, or do they show some courtesy? This does not even take into account how they drive where you are. So take some time, chill out, relax, and learn a little. Too many people over look the simple things while traveling, and through simple things much can be learned.

2. If you find yourself in Korea on a cold day, go have a bowl of Gamjatang. This traditional spine soup is a great winter time meal. It is made with pork spine, vegetables, onions, peppers, and other tasty treats. Not only is it a good meal but it will warm you up on a cold day. Now spine soup may not sound that great, but believe me it is very good. Plus, most likely, you will get the chance to experience eating in a traditional Korean restaurant by sitting on the floor. Just don’t forget to take your shoes off at the door. So kick off your shoes, sit back, relax, and enjoy a great traditional Korean meal.

3. Eat the bugs. When you find the chance, don’t hesitate to eat the strange things offered in a new country. You normally won’t be able to find items like scorpions, silkworm, ants, crickets, or whatever the local fare might be. They are not trying to make you sick. So step up and try something new. It will be something you remember forever, but don’t just stick to the “bugs”. There are many other items to eat that you don’t easily find at home. Things like eel, octopus, squid, dog (okay I can see a few having issues with this and that is fine), and other items that might be popular overseas and not so much at home. You may never be able to get the “full” experience by traveling, but by trying new foods it will surely add to it.

So there is my list. Be sure to check out the Tripbase Blog where all the tips from the blog tag will eventually make it to.

Tagging these bloggers:

1. Erika of Is Kimchi For Me?

2. Kirsty of Nerdy Nomad

3. Emily of A Wanderlust World

4. Cali of Lady Livingston’s Adventure Notes

5. Danielle of My Rose Colored View of This World

Cheers!

About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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4 Responses to “Tag You’re It”

  1. Katie, Tripbase says:

    Fab secrets Eric, thanks for sharing. Spine soup and scorpions, superb!

  2. Emily S says:

    Thanks for the tag! I've had the 'spine soup' and you're right, it's pretty tasty. Haven't had the guts to try the bugs yet, but you make a good point. Maybe next time I'll go for it. . .

  3. Candice says:

    Love the people watching idea, and the whole concept of someone crossing a street. So true, eh? While some people dart across the road if there's a five second lull in traffic, I simply CANNOT do so until the light changes.

    I'll pass on the bugs…the most adventurous thing I've eaten is haggis. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Eric says:

    @Katie – I love the idea you are doing. Can't wait to see all the tips.

    @Emily – give it a try. some aren't so good but some aren't so bad and how often do you get to try something like that.

    @Candice – I find it interesting just people watching in a strange place. You notice so many different things from home. And as adventurous as you sound, you can't try a bug? What about dried squid?

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