What makes a good or bad travel experience? I think the answer is mostly subjective and depends on the traveler’s interests, needs and mindset. We can also take into account the hospitality and kindness of the people we meet, the food, the weather, the diversity of cultural and natural attractions, safety and many other things.
Personally, I would add another intangible element – the energy of the places. And I believe the energy derives from a combination of the elements mentioned above.
The energy I felt when I spent one month cycling in Korea is extremely positive – check out my Tumblr blog, which contains a collection of several small elements producing this exceptional energy!
When I arrived at the customs post in Busan, the customs officer told me about his experiences traveling by bike, and gave me advice for riding in Korea. Later, at the airport in Seoul after a month, the customs officer showed me his passport control computer screen, and explained to me the operations with the few words of French he knew. I could add many other experiences, which charmed me, not to mention the wonderful encounters I had. The history of the country, its culture, vision and sense of self-criticism - which is almost absent in its neighboring countries.
Korea is now officially one of my favorite countries.
After about 14 months on the road, it's now time to settle down and replenish the accounts before continuing the journey. Heading to Singapore – follow my updates in the In Progress section.
June, July 2013
Did you know...
1. There Are 250 Different Kinds of Kimchi
2. Koreans Eat Seaweed Soup On Their Birthdays
3. Koreans Don’t Do ‘Sweet 16’…
4. Koreans Cheer High School Students Taking The National Exam By Giving Them Candy
5. Koreans Believe In The Influence Of Blood Types On Personalities
6. Asian Medicine Dictates What People Eat Twice A Year
7. The ‘Banchan mentality’ Is A Reason Why Google Isn’t Doing Well in Korea
8. A Subway Ride At Night Will Inform You Of Just How Religious Korea Is
9. Half The Population Has Identical Surnames
10. People With The Same Surname Can’t Marry Each Other
11. Health And History Are The Reasons Why Koreans Take Their Shoes Off
12. Yet, You’ll never have Cold Feet In A Korean Home because of the heated floor