china, Kitajska, Organizacija, Potovanje, Travel, Uncategorized

Nasveti za potovanje na Kitajsko (prvi del)

Pred potovanjem

Viza: za Kitajsko potrebujete vizo. Vizni postopki so dolgi in srčno priporočam, da se jih v izognitev stresa lotite več kot en mesec pred odhodom. Za prvi termin srečanja in oddaje vseh potrebnih dokumentov obrazce urejate preko ambasadine spletne strani, morate pa se dogovoriti tudi za osebno srečanje. Upoštevajte, da je ponavadi treba čakati po nekaj dni na odgovore. Temeljito in natančno izpolnite obrazec z vprašanji, ki ga dobite na spletni strani Kitajske ambasade v Sloveniji. Pozorno preberite navodila, ki so dopisana na njihovi strani, saj morate tudi dodatne dokumente in slike zložiti v posebnem vrstnem redu. Vse predpriprave na izpolnjevanje in postopke si vnaprej dobro preberite. Ne bodite površni in stvari ne delajte na hitro, ker s tem prav gotovo ne boste pridobili več časa. Vprašanja so vse bolj podrobna in zahtevna, prav tako pridobivanje vize. Pri prošnji za turistčno vizo morate priložiti letalsko karto. Najnovejše zahteve, kontakte in obrazce najdete s klikom na tole povezavo:  Uradna stran kitajska ambasade v Sloveniji. 

Dostop do družbenih omrežij: Facebook, instagram, google, whatsapp, gmail, messenger, google maps, youtube, wordpress (in vse spletne strani ustvarjene na wordpressu) itd. so na Kitajskem prepovedani, blokirani in do njih nimate dostopa. Kitajci za komunikacijo uporabljajo WeChat, za kratke videe pa je izjemno popularen Douyin.

VPN: če si popolnega odklopa od zgoraj omenjenih aplikacij ne morete predstavljati ali pa bi radi z navdušenjem objavljali slike in novice s svojega potovanja v realnem času, si naložite VPN. VPN je kratica za Virtual Private Network, ki prikrije oziroma spremeni dejansko lokacijo vašega nahajanja. Na trgu je več ponudnikov, od plačljivih do brezplačnih, odvisno, kaj si želite in kako kakovosten in zanesljiv dostop do prepovedanih aplikacij in spletnih strani si želite. Sama sem se na primer leta 2013 za nekaj mesecev odklopila od njih, leta 2017 pa sem med bivanjem v Šanghaju uporabljala brezplačni VPN express. Naj opozorim, da aplikacija v kratkem času porabi ogromno baterije na telefonu, tako da je dobro ves čas pri sebi imeti tudi prenosni polnilec. VPN si morate naložiti pred vstopom na Kitajsko, saj je tudi uporaba VPN-ja tam prepovedana. Povezava do Express VPN-ja https://www.expressvpn.com/

Mobilni operaterji in prenos podatkov: klici v Slovenijo in prenos podatkov na Kitajskem so dragi kot žafran. Pokličite predstavnika svojega ponudnika in se pozanimajte o stroških še pred odhodom. Če nimate kakšne posebne opcije za tujino pri svojem mobilnem operaterju, si nujno izklopite prenos podatkov še preden vstopite na letalo proti Kitajski. Sama imam paket, ki se pri vstopu v državo izven EU in pri izbiri partnerskega omrežja takoj vklopi opcija za tujino izven EU in lahko za 4,99 eur koristim 1GB prenosa podatkov. Sicer pa je sodobna Kitajska dobro pokrita z wifijem. Lahko greste v kakšen velik nakupovalni center, kavarno, restavracijo s hitro prehrano, k frizerju, na masažo in se potem tam povežete na internet.

Sporazumevanje: na Kitajskem (celini) je uradni jezik mandarinščina. Ljudje po celi državi govorijo v različnih dialektih, ki se med sabo razlikujejo veliko bolj, kot se razlikujejo na primer hrvaščina, slovenščina, srbščina, ruščina… V Šanghaju na primer govorijo povsem svoj dialekt, ki ga na primer prebivalci Pekinga ne razumejo. Sporazumevanje med njimi tako poteka v uradnem jeziku, mandarinščini. Angleščino v povprečju govorijo za silo v velikih mestih. Ni lahko naključno naleteti na osebe, ki govorijo solidno angleščino. Naj vas ne spravi v jezo prodajalec v kakšnem McDonaldsu, ki ne razume, kaj enostavnega mu govorite v angleščini. Raje jim pokažite na slike. Tudi taxisti, avtobusni vozniki, prodajalci na železniških postajah ne govorijo dobro angleško. Raje se vnaprej pripravite, sploh pa si kakšne naslove sprintajte ali zapišite tudi v pismenkah, ker se kaj lahko zgodi, da do željenega kraja ne boste prišli, če imate naslov zapisan samo v latinici.

Vsem tistim, ki ne govorite kitajsko pa priporočam kratek tečaj Popotniške kitajščine- pri meni seveda. 🙂

Kaj pa je danes na meniju?

Kitajska valuta in menjava: slovenske banke ne menjajo yuanov (oznaka tudi RMB) in zato jih boste lahko dobili šele na Kitajskem. Sama ne obiskujem in ne iščem menjalnic, pač pa raje dvignem večjo vsoto kar na bankomatih. Je provizija, a rajši plačam to, kot zgubljam živce z iskanjem in preračunavanjem pri menjalnicah. Najbolj pogosto sem dvigovala denar na Bank of China, China Construction bank ter Agricultural Bank of China.

Namestitev: hoteli in namestitve na Kitajskem morajo sedaj imeti licenco za sprejem tujcev. Meni se je zgodilo, da sem kar vkorakala v enega izmed hotelov povprašat, če imajo prosto sobo, pa so me že takoj zavrnili. Sprva sem mislila, da sem jim šla na živce samo zato, ker sem tujka in so si to z licenco izmislili, kasneje pa sem ugotovila, da je to res in marsikdo raje zavrne tujca kot da ima nato težave z lokalnimi oblastmi. Priporočam vnaprejšnjo rezervacijo preko bookinga, sicer pa boste potrditve o namestitvah potrebovali že pri obrazcu za vizo.

china, Kitajska, Organizacija, Potovanje, Travel, Uncategorized

Prvi slovenski nastop na Kitajskem zidu

Radeške mažoretke in Godba slovenskih železnic odhajajo na Kitajsko

Na povabilo Ministrstva za kulturo mesta Ljudske republike Kitajske, Svetovne festivalske asociacije (WOFA)  in slovenskega festivalskega društva SI.IN se na Kitajsko prihodnji teden, od 7.8-15.8. 2019, odpravlja ekipa Radeških mažoret in Godba slovenskih železnic. Skupini sta sestavljeni iz 72 slovenskih predstavnikov, prav vsi med njimi pa se na Kitajsko podajajo prvič. Svoje nastope bodo izvajali v okviru mednarodnega festivala International wind orchestra festival, ki se bo odvijal v Pekingu in mladem mestu Rizhao. Kot prva slovenska skupina so bili izbrani tudi za nastop na znamenitem in mogočnem Kitajskem zidu.

Vodja celotne slovenske ekspedicije China Tour 2019 je gospod Aleš Breznikar, ki je tudi podpredsednik WOFA ( World festival association ) ter predsednik SI.IN ( združenje, ki skrbi za organizacijo lastnih festivalov z udeležbo slovenskih kulturnih društev v tujini ter zastopstvo slovenskih skupin na drugih festivalih v tujini).

Na vprašanja nam je odgovorila Tadeja Rozman, glavna koordinatorka festivalov v okviru SI.IN in podpredsednica Kluba Mažorete RAP.

Ali lahko napišete kaj več o tem zanimivem mednarodnem festivalu?

Po zaenkrat pridobljenih informacijah gre za mednarodni festival orkestrov in spremljajočih skupin, ki vsako leto poteka v drugem kraju na Kitajskem (lansko leto je bil omenjeni festival v Dalianu, letos se seli v Rizhao ). Na festivalu se bodo poleg nacionalnega programa igrale tudi kitajske pesmi, katere bodo izvedli vsi nastopajoči orkestri hkrati. Ena izmed zanimivih prigod je bila tudi ta, da smo note za kitajske pesmi prejeli v kitajščini in se seveda iz njih nismo popolnoma nič znašli. Lepo smo se nasmejali in organizatorje prosili za kakšen bolj evropski zapis not. 😊

Kdaj in kje boste igrali oziroma nastopali?

 Glavnina nastopov se bo odvijala v mestu Rizhao (mestne parade, show program, koncertni program ), zadnji dan pa bomo nastop izvedli tudi na Kitajskem zidu.

Ali boste predstavili tudi slovenske melodije?

Da, poleg petih kitajskih pesmi imamo tudi nabor slovenskih, na primer: Na Golici, Židana marela, Slovenija, od kod lepote tvoje…

V kakšni mednarodni družbi boste, iz katerih drugih držav bodo še ostali predstavniki?

Kolikor nam je znano, bodo poleg večih kitajskih skupin, na festivalu sodelovale še skupine iz Češke, Avstrije, Malezije in Slovenije.

Kaj pa skupni nastop z vsemi orkestri?

Za skupni nastop so nam kitajski organizatorji festivala poslali pet melodij- godbe vseh prej omenjenih držav bodo istočasno zaigrale. Na seznamu sta tako tudi Oda radosti in kitajska himna.

Ali je bil kdo izmed vaše ekipe že na Kitajskem?

Ne! Kar nekaj članov nas precej potuje (tako osebno, kot v okviru društva), ampak daljnja Kitajska je tokrat destinacija, kamor vsi potujemo prvič.

Kako dolgo ste urejali vize za Kitajsko? Kakšni so bili postopki za pridobitev, so vas kaj posebej spraševali? Kako dolgo ste izpolnjevali vizni obrazec?  

Prvi večji projekt v naši pripravi na potovanje, je bila poleg zagotovitve finančnih sredstev za letalske karte, rezervacija letalskih kart in ureditev viz. Glede na to da gre za skupino in se iskanje tovrstnih letalskih kart precej razlikuje od individualnega, smo za pomoč kontaktirali oz. poslali povpraševanje različnim slovenskim agencijam, ki se ukvarjajo s tovrstno dejavnostjo. Ob prejemu različnih ponudb različnih agencij smo na koncu izbrali agencijo Oskar, ki skrbi za naše potovanje do Pekinga ter nazaj. Ker smo precej velika skupina in je pri godbenikih potovanje z letali zaradi instrumentov še toliko bolj specifično, smo se odločili za 2 ločena leta. Mažorete potujejo na relaciji Zagreb-Dubaj-Peking ( Emirates ), godba pa na relaciji Ljubljana-Moskva-Peking (Aeroflot).

Ko smo imeli rezervirane letalske karte, smo nadaljevali s postopkom pridobitve viz. Pri pridobitvi viz smo se srečali z drugim, vsaj na prvi pogled večjim organizacijskim problemom. Ob prvem pogledu na obrazec ter vse zahtevane podatke je zadeva izgledala precej komplicirana in kaotična. Preden smo članom poslali informacije ter dovoljenje za začetek urejanja viz, smo postopek preizkusili sami. Organizatorji so nam elektronsko poslali informacije vezane na sam festival (kdo je gostitelj, natančni podatki, telefonske številke, naslov, tip zahtevane vize, program, garantno pismo, potrdilo hotela itd. ). Po navodilu organizatorja smo zaprosili za F vizo (kulturna izmenjava ). Obrazec se je nahajal na 10 straneh in informacij ki smo jih morali navesti je bilo res ogromno (osebni podatki, podatki družinskih članov, šolanje, služba, plača!, dosedanja potovanja, tuji jeziki, ki jih govoriš, bolezni, morebitna kriminalna preteklost, način potovanja, številka leta, številka vlaka, itd).
Naj omenim še, da je za kitajsko vizo potrebna fotografija z belim ozadjem, v Sloveniji pa so povečini portreti z modrim ozadjem, zato smo seveda vsi morali pred tem obiskati še fotografa 😊 Po nekajdnevnem preizkušanju ter večkratnem kontaktiranju organizatorjev ter našega konzulata, smo le uspeli oddati prvo vlogo, ki je bila uspešno sprejeta. Šele po tem, smo informacijo z natančnimi navodili za pridobitev kitajske vize poslali vsem našim članom. Kakršnakoli oblika skupinske vize za Kitajsko ni mogoča, zato je vsak posameznik vlogo moral izpolniti sam, v dogovorjenem terminu priti na kitajski konzulat, kjer je oddal podpisano vlogo, zraven priložil še uradno vabilo organizatorja, potrdilo hotela kjer bomo nastanjeni s poimenskim seznamom ter program našega bivanja na Kitajskem. Vsakemu so vzeli prstne odtise, zadržali potni list in mu dali datum kdaj se lahko zglasi po vizo. Zadeva je tekla gladko, na sami ambasadi nas dodatno niso zasliševali in že 14 dni pred odhodom smo imeli vsi člani vize v svojih potnih listih 😊

Kako pa boste potovali po sami Kitajski?

Na letališču v Pekingu nas bo počakal lokalni vodič, nato pa bomo odšli na železniško postajo in se z nočnim vlakom odpeljali proti mestu Rizhao. Na vlaku bomo imeli spalnike, hard sleeperje, kar bo naredilo naše potovanje še bolj avtentično.

Le še nekaj dni vas loči do odhoda. Kako potekajo zadnje priprave? Med pakiranjem kovčkov še vadite svoje nastope?

Haha, skoraj. V nedeljo, 4.8. ob 16:oo bomo imeli javno generalko na Vili v Zidanem Mostu ter nato ob 18:00 na stadionu v Radečah. Vabljeni vsi, saj vam bomo tam pokazali skupni figurativni nastop iz našega programa, ki smo ga pripravili za Kitajsko. Seveda pa iskreno vabim tudi vse Slovence, ki se trenutno nahajate na Kitajskem, v Pekingu ali v mestu Rizhao in njegovi okolici, da si ogledate in prisluhnete našim nastopom.

 

Korea, Travel, Uncategorized

Before travel (to South Korea)

In the week before departure I always do the same things, no matter how seriously I promise to myself I will do them earlier next time. This year the travel to South Korea is even more unique and needed some special preparation, as the main reason for the visit is our wedding ceremony. At the same time, we will first time travel as a family by plane- our daughter is only 8 months old So here I am presenting my ‘before travel routine’.

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  1. Bank cards and currency

It has been keep on happening that I have had forgotten my pin number while I travel and I always spread money on different bank accounts for double safety. But sometimes my brain help me to save some money when I completely forget my pin number and I cannot withdraw the money.  And one thing which I never do before travelling- I never change the currency in my home country; because it is usually not even possible- for example our banks don’t exchange Korean wons in Slovenia.

  1. Mobile operators

I have a very unique mobile package, which includes 1GB roaming out of European countries. I know South Korea is very well covered with wifi, but I feel better to know I can use roaming anyway. Everytime before I go to travel (even to the countries I visited before), I always consult with my mobile operator staff to see if there are any new changes. I check who is their partner’s mobile operator in the country I am going to. Price for calls, data transfer and sms can be skyhigh, so always take a time to know your phone in advance, to prevent that it connects automatically to the foreign network.

  1. Memory on SD card

I always transfer the pictures from my last trip, travel or journey just few days before I go to the new one. It takes hours to do so and currently all my USBs don’t have enough space to transfer over 9000 videos and pictures. Luckily I keep one external disc at home too.

  1. Delete all pictures and videos

After I transfer all pictures and videos to computer or external disc, I never delete them from my phone at the same day. I am keep on checking if they have been really copied to the new source and if everything works well. Only few hours before leaving (usually on the way to the airport), I decide to delete some of them, because my memory card is completely full and I seriously cannot take a single shot anymore. Any readers among you, who are better organized and can give me some tips?

  1. Gifts

I wish to change my habit about gifts too. Until now, I always prepare them only a week before departure and I am always angry with myself that I didn’t take more time to work more on it.

  1. Vaccine’s book

This time it will be the first flight travel for us as a family.  Recently there was an epidemy with measles in South Korea, so she had to had to be vaccinated a bit earlier than usually to protect her. If I don’t carry the proof of it (small yellow book where all vaccines are notified), she could be refused to enter the country.

  1. Valid documents

Just before departure I always check the embassy or other government’s webpages about requirements for entering the foreign (overseas or countries which are not in EU) lands in case there are some last minutes changes and new requirements have been issued. I think I have been ‘trained’ by China, as I visited it many times and they can always change their rules and restrictions.

  1. Wedding dress and shoes

This time I already had some nightmares that I forgot to pack some things for the wedding. My recent dreams were related to the moment when I arrived to South Korea and unpacked things. I discovered I only brought  one shoe… Ohh, how horrible that feeling was. I still am not completely sure how and where I will carry the wedding dress, but luckily I have few more hours for departure.

  1. Luggage size

Usually every airline company have slightly different measurements for cabin and check-in luggage. I always go to visit their websites to check the requirements before start packing. It was amazing feeling, when I lived in China and was ready to pack my things for returning home and I discovered Qatar airways extended their weight limit- with new 30 kg I was able to pack everything.

 

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My favorite Chinese cities

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Qingdao: I visited it in 2013, right after I finished my summer job in small Chinese town (Longlin, more below). Longlin was hot and humid, in subtropical China and the sea in Qingdao was just exactly what I needed at that time. I went to swim and I became an attraction which I didn’t want; strangers were taking photos of me while I was entering the sea. While I was swimming, people were impressed I don’t need any sort of equipment for keeping my head above the water. Anyway, the climate was perfect and I walked through the city so much that my new shoes turned their shape to the shoes of a pilgrim.

Qingdao

Suzhou: I visited Suzhou two times, first time in 2013 and second time in 2017. It is really convenient for everyone who stays in Shanghai to make a day or weekend trip to this cute Chinese city. I liked its old part and their water canals. It is really inspiring place and if you listen well, the streets have many stories to tell. It is a must for all artistic souls, especially for writers, poets and painters. I would highly recommend to everyone to visit classical gardens and take a ride on a small boat along the canals.

On the boat
On the boat
View from the boat
View from the boat

Shanghai: To be honest- I have a love-hate relationship with this massive Chinese city. I lived there for a couple of months but until now I couldn’t made one side decision whether I like it or not. I was able to get everything what I needed on daily basis in Europe (for example cheese, milk and other things like liquid soap, English books etc)- things which are still rare in other Chinese cities). Shanghai is a diverse combination of old and new China and a perfect city for everyone who visits China for the first time.

Shanghai
Shanghai
Hidden street in Shanghai
Hidden street in Shanghai

Longlin: it is a town where I spent one of the most unique summers I ever had. I travelled there alone and I came to the place where I knew no one. I coordinated everything via emails and I am still glad we trusted each other on distance. When I arrived to Longlin I knew immediately people there are warmhearted and welcomed and they accepted me as we were friends from the childhood. I was teaching English language at private school and at the same time they showed me colorful China which not many foreigners have a chance to see. Longlin gave me so many stories and transformed my personality a lot. I was far away from the person who would like to travel alone, but my wish to live in an unknown Chinese town was so big that I overcame that fear and found out solo travel can teach you much about yourself.

Longlin
Longlin

Hangzhou: I visited Hangzhou two times, but first time it was in 2013 and I didn’t feel it so special. I walked around the lake and old part, but except little forest next to the lake, nothing made big impression on me. All fame and beauty which everybody was talking about just didn’t come to my heart and eyes. When I went there second time in 2017, I had not expected anything special again, I just wanted to show it to my boyfriend and it was a doable weekend trip from Shanghai. We came there by bullet train but immediately when I stepped off the train I felt something completely different than last time. We stayed in the best hostel I ever been and at that time I really needed peace from vibrant and noisy Shanghai.

Peace in Hangzhou

Shenyang: Shenyang is not the first city people usually choose to visit in China, but it will always stay a number one Chinese city for me. It was a city where I studied Chinese language in 2007; it was the first Chinese city I lived in. It is super cold in the winter (up to minus 25’C), but people are warmhearted and ready to help. You can still buy things for much lower price than in other more touristic Chinese cities and you can still enjoy some very authentic experiences, which are already gone in other part of the China (for example a ride in a small red car). When my daughter will be big enough, I will definitely bring her there; Shenyang is the place where I spent my best student times in 2007 and ten years later the nostalgic memories combined with complete new experience; i found out that life is giving me a new role- I discovered I was becoming mom. 🙂

Shanghai Normal University
Shenyang Normal University
Shenyang train station

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Gyeongju- my wedding destination

Whenever people hear I will get married abroad, they think about Mauritius, Maldives, Hawaii, Bali, Seychelles or some other beach side locations. So when I mention I will get married in Gyeongju in Korea, they usually feel  the location is even more exotic than the places which first came across their minds.

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The reason why we have chosen Gyeongju as our wedding ceremony location, is because my husband’s family originates from that historical Korean city.

So here I am presenting some of the most famous spots in case you ever want to visit it.

Where is Gyeongju?

Gyeongju is located in southeast part of Korea which is in the terms of tourist resources the richest area in the country. It takes 3 to 4 hours to come from Seoul to Gyeongju by train or bus. Gyeongju is 2500 years old city and for almost 1000 years it was the capital of Silla dynasty. It has 4 UNESCO spots and it is a must for all fans of history. As the city has so many historical places and spots, it is also called as a museum without walls.

What to see?

Cheomseongdae; the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. It was constructed during the reign of Queen Seondeok (between years 632-647) and they used it for weather forecast and to observe the stars. The tower is listed as national treasure.

The oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia

Tumuli park and ancient tombs; the word tumuli comes from the Latin and it means small hill or mound. In the tomb of Heavenly Horse  found more then 15000 treasures, which include a golden crown and a girdle and they are now exhibited at the Gyeongju national museum.

Royal tombs

Anjapi pond; a beautiful location where Silla royal family spent their free time. I would advise to come and see it in the dark, so you can enjoy amazing reflection of the trees, buildings and light in the water.

Water reflection

Bulguksa temple and Seogkugram Grotto; both of them are on UNESCO’s world heritage list. Seokguram is considered as one of the finest shrines of Buddha in the world. Bulguksa Temple is one of the most famous temples in Korea and it is a testimony to skills of Silla architects and the depth of Buddhist faith. I haven’t visited them last year, so both of them are now on my list for the upcoming April.

Bomun Danji; amazing lake resort with luxurious hotels, golf courses, dining facilities, hot spring and even amusement park. Maybe we will do some photo shooting in the wedding dress there.

Hwanglidan Gil– street with souvenirs and bars

Yangdong village; Korean’s largest traditional village and it is also listed on UNESCO world heritage list. Charles, Prince of Wales visited it in 1993. The village has more then 160 hanoks and 54 of them are over 200 years old.

My husbands’s traditional hanok house; you can stay a night in their 450 years old traditional house and visit a small museum about their family history. But don’t get surprised- don’t dream that you will  sleep on huge royal bed in Korean traditional house; you will sleep comfortably on the floor mat spread on… the floor of course. 🙂

Calligraphy book from museum
Statues at my my husband’s family traditional house
Place for overnight
Hanok stay

Let me know if you travel to Korea and you wish to visit Gyeongju. 🙂

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My first lunar new year- how I met my Korean parents in law

Last year I went to Korea as a package; as a girlfriend, future wife and a pregnant future daughter in law. I know I skipped many steps so I was really nervous when I met his parents. What is more, I was a foreigner and I didn’t speak a word Korean. A complete texture of everything what most Korean parents in law dislike. Well, to be honest-this is what most parents don’t support in any kind of society.

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Whole way on the train I was keep on repeating few Korean sentences. It was a three hour ride to their hometown, so my brain had enough time to remember few words and phrases. Most of them were related to new year wishes and first meetings. Before we were on our way to Gyeongju, his Korean friends also taught me how to bow and I worried about this skill much.

The meeting was planned during lunar new year and so I had a chance to meet also other relatives from his side.

I am still thankful to my boyfriend’s translation as I am sure he used some of his diplomatic skills that everything went much better than I expected. I was ready that his parents  kick me out or even ignore me. When we entered their home, we bowed to them in Korean way. Luckily I was fit enough and still in the first months of pregnancy, so I didn’t roll over.
After the bow, his mom invited us for dinner she prepared at home. She even put on the table some bread and yogurt, as she worried I might have difficulties with Korean food. I felt this really warm-hearted gesture and I wanted to hug her immediately. I knew this would not be a good starter so we kept it for later moment.

In the following days, his parents introduced me Gyeongju, which is famous for the history. But what I liked the most were the hills surrounding the city, their traditional family house, their Confucian academy and his father’s calligraphy studio. I cannot wait to be back this year for our wedding.

Calligraphy studio
Calligraphy studio
Calligraphy brushes
Calligraphy brushes
How to hold brush well
How to hold brush well
View from Confucian academy
View from Confucian academy
Confucian academy
Confucian academy
His family at their property
His family at their property
How to wear hanbok
How to wear hanbok
Korea, Travel, Uncategorized

Preparation for wedding in South Korea

It will be my second time that I will visit South Korea. First visit happened last year when I met my husband’s parents and visited winter Olympics. This year the main reason for my travel is for me even bigger than Olympics. We are getting married in Korea!
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Wedding dress
I browsed million websites and visited few wedding salons to find the dress which makes me feel well with. I wanted to get something classy but also convenient and comfortable to hold my daughter who will be 9 months old at that time. I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed the fitting and selecting dresses. It was very unique time which I never imagined before that I will accompanied by my daughter, who turned out to be a person with very precise taste. At the end I bought a white dress in Slovenia and in Korea I will probably also wear Korean traditional dress hanbok.

Hanbok from my mother in law

Wedding location
The wedding ceremony will be happening outside at my husband’s family property in Gyeongju city. Their family house is a Korean traditional noble house hanok and is listed as premium hanok accommodation certified by Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization. Hanokstay means that tourists and visitors can stay at their home while they travel around. Their house is around 450 years old.

Hanokstay
Hanokstay
Kipec, ki bo bdel nad nami
He will have an overview on the whole ceremony
Place for overnight
Place for overnight

Bureaucratic challenges and official documents
Before we leave, I have to prepare a large range of papers and documents which me and my daughter need in Korea. Most of the documents are in Slovenian and they need to be translated or even legally verified. Not very amusing part of the wedding preparation.

Organization and invitations for wedding guests
My husband is in daily touch with his parents as they coordinate things with wedding organizers. It is expected to be around 500-800 guests on the wedding from his side. As an introvert I have no idea how I will deal with it but I am glad there will be also my parents, brother and closest friends from Slovenia, China and France.

Poroka na prostem
Place for wedding guests

Pre-wedding photography
We are thinking to make a pre-wedding photography in Slovenia. If I succeed to arrange my dress and shoes on time, we will consider Bled as a photo location. It is quite well known also among Koreans and it sounds a bit of luxurious destination. But first we also need to agree about photographer and photo style. There is a slightly difference between what kind of photos I like and what my husband prefers.

Testni priklon
Practice practice…