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Trying Something New: Snowboarding in Korea

People who are good at snowboarding always make it look so easy as they gracefully ride down the snowy hills. I really admire their skills.  Although snowboarding is a fairly popular leisure activity in Korea, I have always tried to avoid it.

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Truth be told, I was a bit intimidated by snowboarding. Both feet on one board while sliding down a snowy hill…ummm…No! In the past, I had tried surfing in Indonesia, and had decided riding a board just wasn’t for me. This fearful attitude, had kept me away from riding boards whether in water or on the snow for a long time.

However, here is my conflict. When it comes to adventure, I like to try new things at least once before I make up my mind. That is why I knew I had to give snowboarding a chance.

It just so happened that our next door neighbor and friend, Matt Reinhardt, had been teaching snowboarding for over a decade before he came to Korea. I had always admired his passion for snowboarding and trusted his teaching abilities. So, when he offered to teach us snowboarding, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Despite my fear, I had to try it at least once, right?

Well, I did! This video shows how we felt after snowboarding for the very first time.

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Learning to snowboard is like learning to travel. Traveling also requires skills, practice and courage. When you travel, you need to leave what is familiar and comfortable behind you in order to step into an unknown world. You need to overcome the initial fear and let yourself go.

When you finally begin sliding down the hill without tensing your legs so much, the ride is so much more fun! Eventually, after countless falls, you begin to learn how to control your board. When traveling at first, you will most likely make many mistakes or fall into tourist traps, but eventually you will learn the ways of a traveler.

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So, go ahead try something new! Perhaps, it is trying that weird looking food or learning to play a musical instrument. Try it, and you may just have lots of fun!

Surfing at Kuta Beach, Indonesia

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Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia, is extremely touristy and crowded. The beach is teeming with locals and tourists, who are relaxing on the beach or most likely surfing.

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When we arrived at Kuta beach, we immediately decided to take a surfing lesson. Our surfing instructor taught us the basics of surfing and handed us both a surfboard.

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So, with my surfboard in hand, I walked into the water not knowing how this experience would turn out. I had no idea if I would like surfing, but I had to try. I was in the water for an hour, before I decided I was done with surfing.

Let me say it loud and clear, surfing is hard, extremely hard. It was exhausting for me to even stand on my surfboard in order to ride the waves. At one point, the wave, which was at least a 1.5 meters high, totally took me under. For a short moment, which actually felt really long and slow to me, I was struggling to surface after being hit by my surfboard in the head. It was scary.

Instead of feeling frustrated with trying to surf, I decided to exchange my surfboard for a bodyboard. In no time, I was riding the waves and having an awesome time. It was so much easier and a lot more fun with the bodyboard.

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From this experience, I learned that surfing isn’t for me. However, I do still have a deep appreciation and admiration for all those surfers, who can ride the waves so gracefully.

Bungee Jumping is Scary!

I would have thought that skydiving from 14 000 ft, scuba diving with sharks, or surfing with large waves, might have been one of my scariest adventures. However, it was bungee jumping that I have found the scariest.

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In Inje, South Korea, we decided to do our first ever bungee jump! The jump was only about 60 meters. I am not afraid of heights, so at the time I was just super excited to try this new adventure. I was told to walk off the ledge and just drop on the count of 3. Below me I could see nothing but water. It seemed like a fairly long way down. I told myself not to think about it too much and just do it! And that is exactly, what I did.

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That’s me, doing my first bungee jump!

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Jason keeps spinning upside down, after his first bungee jump!

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We did it!

Now, when I recall my experience, I keep thinking I cannot believe that I actually jumped. The scariest part is voluntarily stepping over the ledge and losing all control. Interestingly, bungee jumping, has been the scariest yet most thrilling adventure for me!

Bungee jumping is really awesome fun and everyone should try it at least once. But now that I have experienced it, it is the one activity that I would honestly hesitate to do again. Why? The thought of jumping over a ledge and ending up upside down in the air is quite terrifying!