gyeongju day trip

We’d planned ahead before flying to Korea, that our trip to the southern part of South Korea will only be for a weekend, since L wanted to spend most of the remaining time exploring Seoul. Therefore when we were in Busan, we decided to pass by Gyeongju for a day trip, since it was only a few hours away by buss.

But to be honest, we didn’t know what we threw ourself into. We thought we did all the planning ahead, but when we were was quite chaotic. But also very adventerous and fun at the same time. First of, we didnt know exactly how to get from Busan to Gyeongju.
We knew that they had quite a few options, but we wanted the cheapest and fastest way since we were on a student budget. L was the brain, she did some research, and found a route by taking the subway to the end of Busan. Then magically jump onto a buss that would take us Gyeongju, and amazingly it did!

We felt so cool sitting on the right buss, taking us to right place without knowing any korean. Both L and me, smiled and thought this was going to be a smooth day. But, nope.
When we arrived at Gyeongju, we were supposed to take a tourist buss that would charge around 20.000 won per person, in return the buss would take us to the most popular spots in Gyeongju.

Upon arrival, we found out that we were 1 hour to late ( even thought it was only 11.00 am ). The last buss has already departed, and there was no more busses for today 🙁

We panicked and thought this was the end of our Gyeongju trip. At first we were thinking of renting a taxi driver for a day, but the price was to damn high. In the end we asked the tourist center if it was possible to take the public transport to all of the attractions and they said yes 🙂

We mustered up some courage, and got some help from the tourist center and jumped on some random buss. But somehow, we managed to get through the whole day, by only using our T-money. It wasn’t easy, because no one could understand us, but it was super cheap 🙂
I think we spent around 10.000 won = 7 euro ish for a whole day of public transport.

We managed to see :
– Bulguksa temple as you can see in the pictures of this whole post
– Cheonmachong tomb
– Seokguram

These attractions were all in one area so it was convenient. We also planned to see the Anapji pond but time wasn’t on our side by the end of the day. If anyone is reading, does anyone want a better explanation how to get around Gyeongju by public transport?
Is there anyone reading my text, or maybe you are all just schrolling through?

Xoxo Sassypixels

Gamcheon village in Busan

Hello, dear readers 🙂
I won’t have this blog in chronological order, to be honest it will be a mess.
I will update the blog according to my mood, meaning sometimes I will write about past event or perhaps current events. The reason behind this is sometimes I feel super excited about the current events and if I were to post it in a chronological order the post wont be online before 3 months later and the passion I had will be gone. So here it goes a messy blog…

I knew that when I start my uni life in Seoul, it would be harder to travel around due to the the strict school policy in Korea. So I decided to arrive 2 weeks before to travel around South Korea and do everything I wanted to do on my buckets list. I brought with me a companion from Norway, my dear friend L as you can see on the picture above. Thank you L for being so patience with my photography and thank you for being my model during the entire trip.

We arrived in Seoul on the 18. august, spent one night at a hotel.  The day after we, took the bullet train to Busan. We arrived at the hotel, dumped our things and decided to explore the famous favilla of Busan. We blindly just took a buss to somewhere, with a little bit of luck and magic we managed to arrived at the Gamcheun village on the top of the mountains in Busan. The first impression was breathtaking, it did look somewhat similar to the favilla in Rio at the first glance. But looking closer, the Gamcheun village was much more colourful and modern, not to mention a lot more safer than the one in Rio.

img_7470We had no clue where to walk around in the village, so we just randomly choose a path.
But 10 mins later, we were lost and dehydrated. The heat in Busan was killing us, it was 34 degrees in the air, but amagad the humidity was killing us!! I felt like a polar bear walking in a dessert, totally misplaced. We were drenched in sweat by just walking a few steps, my forehead was constantly wet and so was the rest of my body 🙁  Luckily we found shade and a cute coffee shop around the corner, we ordered two smoothies and took a rest in the shade.

After the rest, we asked around for some advice where to go, because we were at the bottom of the favilla. So far, we only saw a few people walking around, and the rest of the street was quite empty and quiet. The advice was to walk up, and follow the path with signs, and we did.
Suddenly out of nowhere we arrived at crowded street, with a lot tourists and (many) cute korean shops. We knew we were at the right place 🙂

From that point on, we just followed the path and found a lot street food and many cute accessories shop on the side walk. I also spotted the famous raindrop cake, which is has gone viral on youtube for a while. The raindrop cake has its origin from Japan, but somehow they were selling it here in Busan, so thought to myself why not?
To be honest the raindrop cake, tasted like asian jelly. It wasn’t that amazing as people had described it, that it would just melt of your tongue etc…
But maybe its not the authentic thing, since I am buying in from Busan, and not Kyoto? Meh…who knows.

Anyways by the end of that day, we found this cool little quote on the wall :


Xoxo Sassypixels

Why am I in Seoul?


Not your average princess

Hello, welcome to my blog!
A lot of you guys, are wondering why I am in Seoul and what I am doing here, it seems like I just packed my bag and moved to Seoul. But, let me explain what I’ve been up 🙂


Jeju Island

First of some of my friends might wonder, what happened after Norwegian school of photography in Trondheim?
I graduated in fall 2014 with a certificate of apprenticeship from the Norwegian school of photography. Back then I was to afraid to start something of my own after graduating, or work as an assistant for another photographer, so I decided the safest route was to go back to school.

I decided to do one year of art in Notodden and just do something I really had a passion for but never had the guts to it with 100 %. Graduated in 2015 from Notodden, with a one year diploma within art under my belt. But doing art as a full time job wasn’t my calling. While doing art in Notodden, I went deep inside of myself and tried to figure out what I want my future workspace to look like. I asked myself, where do I see myself in 5-10 years, and what would make me happy?


L and me in traditional clothing

To be honest, if I had the chance I would go all in for photography.
It would make me very happy, and I would live a blissful life. But in reality photography is very hard as a full time job. The life of a photography assistant is very hard, and many photographers take advantage of the assistants and they give them many hours of work and way to little pay.

So I had to be smart about my choice, and I have to be honest with myself.
I wrote down things that were important to me, for example I knew wanted to have a normal Norwegian pay, and I want to have retirement funds when I grow old. Basically any normal Norwegian job, except photography because in create fields you have to set up your own funds.


Summoning a beast infront of the heavens gate in Gyeongju

After a lot of thinking, contemplating and soul searching I found my answer. I wanted to jump into the IT world and become a webdesigner or web developer, because it was the closes thing to being creative with a decent income. So, in 2015 I applied to Høgskolen i Gjøvik, but has now become NTNU Gjøvik. Because it became NTNU Gjøvik, it had opened up more opportunities for exchanging abroad. I choose South Korea, because its a destination I really wanted to see since I was 16 years old because of the influence of Kpop and Kdrama. So, here I am in Seoul, been living here for 3 months and I love it. I really wished I could stay here for 1 year! But if I extend my stay, I will delay my bachelor which is not an option. So now you know, why I am in Seoul.

Long story short : I am doing an exchange program in Seoul, through my bachelor degree.

Xoxo Sassypixels

Hanuel Park


Today I realised that I’ve been in Seoul for around 3 months now, which means that I only have 2 months left here 🙁

That fact made me panic, I’ve now planned out everything I should do before I leave this busy town.I’ve made a schedule for all the days in the month, and I am crossing my fingers that I get to explore everything and have no regrets before I go back home.
I am also trying to breath life in this blog and youtube, while I am in Korea but most likely I know myself…it will be a handfull and I will end up giving it up -_-

As you can see at the picture above, I’ve been to the Hanuel Park aka the Sky park.
The view is really breathtaking and no picture can do justice, I really recommend this place for everyone who is passing by Seoul. Very picture perfect environment, but I do recommend to go during week days and not weekends. It will be crowded, and you have to cue to climb up the mountain, but during week days there is no one who will disturb you during your selfies.
Wanna say thank you to my new apprentice Levy, who captured my face on the perfect side 🙂

Oki, will try and get some sleep now.
Good night