Memories of our Camel Safari in Jaisalmer, India

Recently our trip to India has been coming up in conversations for a variety of reasons over and over. The trip was a personal reward for completing my master’s degree and was also going to be our last big trip before we tried to start a family. Possibly the biggest highlight of the trip was the camel safari we took in Jaisalmer just across from the Pakistani border. We had started Continue Reading →

Is it OK to Swim with the Whale Sharks in Oslob?

It's not an easy question to answer. In recent years there have been quite a few articles and advocates who have encouraged people not to visit the whale sharks in Oslob. In order to have the whale sharks returning to the area daily so that visitors can swim with them, feeders give the sharks fish. This has resulted in the whales having an unnatural amount of contact with humans. The artificial feeding Continue Reading →

Gwangju International Community Day!

The Gwangju International Center is yet again helping to organize the Gwangju International Community Day (GIC Day). It will be held October 15th and 16th, 2016 at the Gwangju International Center (Saturday) and the Asia Culture Complex (Sunday) downtown. Put on by both local and international residents of the city, this multi-cultural event is now in its 22nd year in Gwangju, South Korea and features a talent show, concert, cultural and community booths as well Continue Reading →

7 Must See Places Near Gwangju this Fall

                This summer has been a long and unbelivably hot one but fall is in the air! Maybe you're looking for a place to see the fall colours or somewhere to visit over the Chuseok holiday. The Damyang House, Compass Korea  and Family in Faraway Places  have you covered with our favorite places to visit near Gwangju, Jeollanamdo during the autumn season in Korea! 1. The Continue Reading →

Photos of Songgwangsa Temple in Fall

Website: http://songgwangsa.org/ Admission: Adults 3,000 won, students 2,000 won, seniors and children under 7 free Address: 100 Songgwangsaan-gil, Songgwang-myeon, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do   Travel Time: Car 45 min – an hour. Bus 1 hour and 30 min. The direct bus to Songgwangsa leaves from Gwangju Express Bus Terminal (U Square) every hour.  All images © 2013-2016 Jessica Solomatenko

Imagine Your Korea! Beautiful Autumn Baegyangsa Temple

고불총림 백양사 Website: http://www.baekyangsa.or.kr/ Admission: Adults 3,000 won, students 1,200 won, children 700 won, babies FREE Address: 1239, Baegyang-ro, Bukha-myeon, Jangseong-gun, Jeollanam-do 전라남도 장성군 북하면 백양로 1239 (북하면) Travel Time: Car 35 min, bus 1 hour. It is considerably longer during peak season! Take heavy traffic into consideration. Bus: From Gwangju Express Bus Terminal (U Square) there is a direct bus to Baegyangsa which takes around an hour. During the peak season it is best to Continue Reading →

Hue Vietnam Travel Guide: Tombs, Towers and Tanks

Things To Do In Hue Vietnam Once the national capital from 1802-1945, Hue Vietnam is home to the ancient Imperial City (Citadel) and the tombs of several emperors.The ancient sites around the city are spectacularly beautiful and it was well worth the visit. Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) Emperors of Vietnam once lived in this walled fortress and palace. Much of the structure was damaged or destroyed by battles with the Continue Reading →

Wonderful Indonesia! 10 Beautiful Photos of Indonesia

In 2015 we were looking for a place to go on vacation with our son who had just turned 2 years old. A place that was safe for kids, had great food and beaches but also some adventure. We found it all in Indonesia! We traveled through Kuta, Ubud, Yogyakarta and then finally out of Jakarta. Watching the sun rise from the top of the ancient temple of Borobudur was Continue Reading →

Incredible India! 15 Beautiful Photos of Northern India

In February of 2012 we set out on a trip of a lifetime backpacking across Northern India. We traveled only by train since my great grandfather had been involved in building the railroad in British India. It was a trip to celebrate my completion of my graduate degree program and would be the last trip we took as a couple before we became a family of 3.  All images © 2012-2016 Jessica Continue Reading →

Hampyeong’s Herptile Eco Park

Hampyeong which is about an hour away from Gwangju, Jeollanamdo, is well known across Korea for its annual Butterfly Festival. Few people, even locally it appears, know about Hampyeong Herptile Eco Park (함평파충류생태공원 ). It’s hard to miss though once you arrive into the area of the Eco Park as the building is shaped like a giant albino Burmese python (they have a live one inside!). I have not been able Continue Reading →