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Two Crabs
Washington, DC
A wanderlust U.S. Foreign Service couple exploring the world, one country -- and one pub -- at a time!
Interests: Traveling, skiing, hiking, biking, camping, cooking, film, journalism, foreign relations
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Update: Apparently this post was picked up by Reddit, so my blog views have shot through the roof. However, I've updated the post below to clarify some of the (rude) questions posed on Reddit. An Open Letter to Thomas O'Toole,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Two Crabs
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Yesterday, the Two Crabs marked our one year anniversary in Korea! We're bummed that our tour is already half over (time flies when you're having fun!) -- but we're looking forward to another year of exploring Korea (and more of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Two Crabs
We didn't stay there, so I don't know. And we aren't "girls"...we're a guy & girl!
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2014 on Ski Yongpyong! (스크 용평!) at Two Crabs
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When my mom, friends or family ask me what we do for work, I just tell them, "we help Americans abroad". That's the simple answer to the complex work undertaken by consular officers at more than 200 US Embassies and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Two Crabs
Wong, we drove from Seoul to Phoenix Park. Driving is pretty easy. There are also direct buses from Seoul Station to Phoenix Park but they only run during ski season.
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2014 on Ski Phoenix Park! (휘닉스파크) at Two Crabs
Happy 238th birthday, America! Celebrating the US of A when you're not in the USA is a little unusual. But the Two Crabs have been overseas nearly every July 4 for the past 9 years including London, Bahrain and now... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Two Crabs
Thanks for your kind words and keep visiting!
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2014 on Sep 12, 2013 at Two Crabs
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In celebration of Gay Pride Month, Seoul recently hosted the 15th annual Korea Queer Festival. For the first time ever, the embassies of the U.S., France and Germany participated by hosting informational booths at the festival. As part of a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Two Crabs
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Mrs. Crab is the "Green Thumb" in our family. Mr. Crab, not so much. But since arriving in South Korea, we've both found a new passion for gardening together. This includes regular trips to Seoul's famous Yangjae Flower Market and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Two Crabs
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Although my day job is serving as a consular officer, all Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) are considered "generalists, which means we can be called at any time to work a variety of jobs and missions. One of those jobs is... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Two Crabs
Thanks James! COngratulations on your upcoming wedding and honeymoon. Bali rocks! Hope to see you at the next FSO exam..Embassy Seoul offers the exam 3 times a year. If you haven't already, you can register and sign up at careers.state.gov.
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2014 on Belated Beautiful Bali at Two Crabs
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The Two Crabs recently took a way-too-short trip to Bali, Indonesia. Compared to most places where we vacation, Bali was dirt cheap. A full dinner for two, with 2 (ok, 3) drinks averaged about $20. The Crabs stayed in Seminyak... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Two Crabs
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Greetings from Bali, Indonesia. Full trip report TK when we return to Seoul. Namaste. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Two Crabs
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It's time for another episode of The Two Crabs Guide to Skiing Korea! The final resort we are reviewing this season is Bears Town. This small resort is located less than 45 minutes northeast of downtown Seoul. With just a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Two Crabs
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During the 2013-2014 Ski Season, the Two Crabs had the opportunity to sample four of Korea's major ski resorts: Yongpyong, Phoenix Park, Bears Town and High 1 Resort. Of those, HIGH 1 is by far the tops! The Two Crabs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Two Crabs
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Korea got a nice dumping of snow on Saturday. So early Sunday morning, the Two Crabs and an FSO friend hit the slopes, this time at Phoenix Park in Pyeongchang county, South Korea. It seemed a fitting location this week,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Two Crabs
Thanks, Kent, and thanks for following our blog! Good luck with your candidacy!
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2014 on Enough is enough at Two Crabs
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Above: Reflections of the Wilder Kaiser mountain range in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria Apologies for lack of posting. The Two Crabs are fresh off the plane after a two-week ski trip in Austria and Germany -- hitting the slopes,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Two Crabs
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Mr. Crab recently had a rare opportunity to work inside the DMZ for several days, during Vice President Joe Biden's visit to South Korea. Despite its name, the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North & South Korea is one of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at Two Crabs
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The Two Crabs have two shared passions in life: traveling and skiing. So when we landed our Korea assignment, we were psyched because Korea has 1) snow and 2) ski resorts! South Korea has a young but growing ski industry,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at Two Crabs
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Merry Christmas from Korea! Actually, since about mid September, it's already started to look a lot like Christmas. For better or worse, Koreans have embraced every aspect of the holiday season, from over-the-top consumerism to holiday decorations, music, gift-giving and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Two Crabs
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Although we live in the middle of the city, Yongsan Army Garrison and the adjacent National Museum of Korea parkland have become a de facto bird sanctuary. A few photos of the many Birds of Korea that live in our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at Two Crabs
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Located downtown in Gwangwamun Square, Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of Seoul's main tourist attractions. Dating to 1395, it's the largest of Seouls "Five Grand Palaces." The palace is huge complex of buildings including the throne room, the king and queen... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2013 at Two Crabs
Guy, thanks for reading. I have corrected the bus stop number in the text above.
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A few weeks ago, the Two Crabs took our second camping trip in South Korea. This time, we went to Seoraksan National Park to take in the autumn colors. Having learned our lesson the hard way, this time we left... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Two Crabs