See ya in Korea!

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    Jun 08, 2013 5:53 AM GMT
    Well, almost done at AIT and I got my orders. Looks like I'm going to be stationed at Ft Yong Song, South Korea. I am really excited and kinda terrified.
    Only time I have left the country was to go to Canada. That doesn't count, I think.

    But I'm wondering, travelers. What should I expect there? Any specific things I should be looking forwards too? I don't travel well, so I need input as to what I should plan for. I kinda want to make the best of my year there, so if I had guidance and start planning now, I may actually get a cultural experience beyond trying to weasel my way into a League of Legends event.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 08, 2013 3:57 PM GMT
    I have spent a year in South Korea back in 1991 when I was serving in the Army. I was stationed at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul. The Republic of Korea is a modern, first rate country and the Korean people for the most part are quite friendly. Seoul is a beautiful, modern city which was the third largest in the world when I was there. I don't know what its worldwide rank is now with all these rapidly growing megacities. The ROK as the south is called has the same high standards of living, infrastructure, and health care as here in the US. There are significant differences in the language and cultural norms. Rice and vegetables are staples in the Korean diet but there are some similarities to the American diet. One important feature of South Korea is that you better not mind mountainous, hilly terrain because the overwhelming majority of the Korean peninsula is extremely mountainous. Even river valleys and coastal regions can be very hilly. Be prepared to do some difficult runs on hilly topography, your will start feeling the difference in your legs after awhile, trust me.