Sunday, August 12, 2007

Summer Sizzle Almost Over!

We've been hit by high temperatures, steamy humid air masses, and intensive summer teaching days (which would have been better spent on holidays!). 1 week of hammering English classes to go. It will be easy for our students, they're only in the school for a few hours a day, it's the teacher's that really deserve all the glory (if there is any?). The meek, or easily-tired need not apply for ESL teaching jobs...a lesson easily learnt in the course of a year contract in South Korea. Otherwise, we are very happy, and we have nothing to complain about either! Mi's in her first trimester, so she had headaches and feels nausea often through the day. Poor girl! I tried to give her a scalp and neck massage, it seemed to work! She is now reading "Anne of Green Gables" and is quiet, the massage must have been therapeutic. We rested most of the weekend, and today went into the computer market in Yongsan. The place has every gadget associated with computers, gaming, audio, or entertainment(minus Xbox's and true commercial US products). We realized in all their gagetry for sale, their are no printers available. Maybe Homever, Lotte Mart, or Homeplus will solve that problem. The weather has cooled off, with rain showers throughout the day today. In Sokcho, along the east coast...I read about flooding and other problems in Kangwondo province and other provinces south of here. We've been spared, but I still wish we could see more sunny, smogless days. This is not the ideal environment to be cancer-free, so the daily exposure to Seoul's washout isn't appetizing if your looking up. We spend the majority of our times in school, teaching English, hoping the lessons will eventually hit home...and more Korean children will learn to be fluent in their official second language. Hope all is well when you read this! Greetings to Andrew in Washington, you'll be long missed in Ansan! Farewell!

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Brian Perich was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) lecturer for a decade, father, and adventure cyclist based in South Korea.

Previously, Brian has led Canoe adventures in Quetico Provincial Park, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada (1993/1999); led Grand American camping adventures (2000); lived at Paramahansa Yogananda's SRF Ashram for 5 months (see the film "AWAKE"), formerly worked in titanium welding at Agilent Technologies, formerly worked in Winery industry in Marin County with Kendall Jackson in California; Surfing and Meditation continued for several years in California, British Columbia, South Korea, Yoga training in California 1999-2000.

Between 1994-1998 - Brian completed his own adventures with motorcycles. His motorcycling marathons took him across the United States and central/western Canada, while traveling solo over an astounding 24,000km in 60 days! Brian endured 900 mile/1300km average days in the motorcycle saddle and apparently loved every minute of those adventures.

Today, he has given up motorcycle adventures altogether, but finds an outlet for his enthusiasm in outdoor recreation while bicycle touring and micro-blogging about those experiences on his mountain bikes.

While employed as an English teacher in South Korea, Brian has became an advocate for bicycle touring on his mountain bikes. The Korean-World blog originated from those small adventures in Korea, now expanded to cover his recent trek down the TransMongolian highway to the Gobi Desert, cycling 900km east through the Khentii grasslands and in 2012 crossing Mongolia in 45 days, 2500 kilometers 1553 miles. HimalayasX expedition Brian previously cycled across western China, the Taklamakan Desert, the northern Himalayas of East Turkestan Xinjiang/Uyghur Autonomous Region, the corrugated back roads and mountains of Kham Tibet. Brian successfully completed his 2011 mountain bike expedition with 3200 kilometers / 1988 miles unsupported, on/off road MTB adventure cycling.
Brian has completed his second mountain bike journey, MongoliaX expedition - Crossing Mongolia 2012, an unsupported mountain bike MTB expedition across 2500km of Outer Mongolia from Ulanbaatar to Altai Taven-Bogd National Park bordering China, Russia and Mongolia.

In 2013, as a sequel to a trilogy of cycle tours, Brian enjoyed a more leisure bicycle tour onboard his Koga-Miyata World Traveller seeing the northern tier of the United States and western Canada covering 3400 kilometers / 2000 miles in 30 days. This North American cycle tour was called Totherocktour. Enjoying the adventure of bicycle travel and every great conversation started while traveling on the road - has refueled his inspirations to cycle around the Earth. In 2013, while he cycled solo from the Great Lake State of Michigan, United States to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He weaved through local communities and reconnected with friends, family and community after spending almost a decade in Asia.

Brian is now supporting several non-profit foundations through expeditions: IDEAS Foundation of Canada IDEAS is the acronym for Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society which supports the IBD community, those suffering from IBD-inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.

The second non-profit foundation is ETE.ORG - Education Through Expeditions, UK which supports educational outreach programs inside schools around the world. ETE connects explorers with students in the classroom, through an interactive online program in development (Beta).

Brian is researching support for a 18000 kilometer bicycle expedition across the Americas: North, Central and South America - ONE -Arctic to Argentina
Please contact him if you are interested in helping out.

Twitter: Cycleagain
Location: Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea or southern Ontario, Canada.

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Brian's friends have also been...Cycling in Korea!

Brian's friends have also been...Cycling in Korea!

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Cycling in Korea, Warning: always wear a helmet! (I gave mine to my friend)

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