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  • Andrew 12:00 pm on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bouldering, Climb, Climbing wall, jukjeon, Jukjeon Station, , , South Korea, wall climbing   

    Bouldering at Jukjeon 

    Next to Jukjeon Station in Bundang-gu, South Korea, there’s a medium sized wall climbing structure. It looks like a blocky dog with a bunch of jagged rocks sticking out of it.

    Last Sunday, I made my way on the subway to the wall with a couple of friends, and spent the next three hours attempting to climb up the slanted wall-face. Which is incredibly difficult; most of the time was spent hanging there trying to get my breath back.

    I actually went to another climbing wall on the 14th: the Seongnam Art Wall. This one was about 16 meters tall, which was twice as high as the previous one. Gigantic!

    Seongnam Art Wall: This is 16 meters tall!

    There’s a specific method to climb up these fake rock walls that I’ve been taught. It’s a twisting motion where you have to alternate each leg  while pushing yourself up. I never got it. “I try, I try, but it hurts so bad right there, JD!” So what I attempted was a brute-force method where I literally pull myself up, which is also incredibly tiring. Like back-breaking tiring where your arms become noodles. My first climb was up the left side of the structure. (look at the picture) There’s a bunch of bumps along the way up that extend outward, so you’re forced to climb over those. Hard, but terribly fun.

    If you look at the wall about 10 meters up in the middle, there’s an area where you’re able to climb upside-down. Not that I was able to, but I recall an older man climbing this wall like a beast. My mind can’t comprehend how much physical strength is required to do this.

    I wish I could’ve gotten a few pictures, but I was in a hurry and forgot to bring my camera along. Oh well, I’ll snap a few on the 28th when we head out to a real mountainside!

     
  • Andrew 1:24 pm on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Education, English language, International, International school, JoongAng Daily, Korea, South Korea   

    The ACA 

    In South Korea, you’ll find a bunch of international schools spread across the entire peninsula. It’s quite a wonderful system for foreigners. Last Saturday, I found myself on a subway, heading towards Bosan station.

    The reason for my trip up north was to get to the Amerasian Christian Academy. It’s a three hour trip north–which was mostly spent standing–but that didn’t bother me too much. I got to talk a lot about movies, which was fun. Like other international schools, it teaches English and is based on a western curriculum. However, this school is meant for those who can’t afford the costly tuition held by schools like SFS or KIS. An honorable cause, really. And yet because it lacks a sufficient budget, it requires the assistance of volunteer workers and donations. You see, Bosan is home to a US army base, so foreigners around those parts are a common sight. That leads to more interracial marriage, which can lead to children with one parent native to Korea, and another from another country. More after the break.

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    • Nancy Kim 8:08 am on April 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think you chose a topic that everyone would easily be interested in because we all go to an International School. The start of this blog post is very attention getting. Good job~!

    • robby9653 9:01 am on May 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      so that’s why you went to bosan….
      i thought you went there just for fun :p
      you really don’t waste your time do ya?
      keep up the good work lol
      🙂

      PS: play lol, cuz jacob refuses to

      • Andrew 9:05 am on May 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not sure there’s anybody that finds joy in a three hour long subway ride. 🙂

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