Update: I moved away from Korea in March of 2012, and now live in Portland, Oregon. Please visit me on my current site, Courtney Tait. See you there!
The name Coco Busan merges one part myself and one part port-city-jammed-with-4-million-people on the South Korean coast.
The nickname Coco was given to me years ago by my friend Sarah, who I roomed with briefly in a two-bedroom flat in Melbourne, Australia. Three months later I left to camp up the East Coast but the name stuck, made its way back to Canada when I returned home, and was adopted by a bunch of friends who are now scattered from Toronto to Victoria and who still call me only that.
Busan is, as of February 2010, my current home. It’s a sister city to Seoul, a smaller, lesser-known and lesser-explored urban maze that, until a year ago, I didn’t know existed. During a post-degree stint selling real estate in Edmonton and dreaming of ways to live overseas again, I stumbled on a website that coined Busan ‘The San Francisco of Korea.’ ‘Well,’ I thought, ‘I’ve always wanted to live in San Francisco.’ Six months later I landed.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and Journalism, and in addition to teaching, I work as a freelance writer. Since the Coco Busan blog first launched, it has evolved to feature stories and images not only from Busan but from other parts of Korea, places I strive to capture in an unexpected way that may inspire you to see them yourself. (At the end of most posts you will find a “Get There” section with directions.) My published work spans a range of topics–most recently Korean culture, global fashion, and ways to volunteer– and you will find current articles posted here as well.
My passion for people, travel, culture, photography, art, and music continually inspires my words. I invite you to visit Coco Busan as often as you like–scroll through, have a read, and feel free to say hello!
A few facts:
~I grew up in Victoria, Canada, a gorgeous little city on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island.
~Busan is the second-biggest city in Korea, and the world’s fifth-biggest port.
~Located on Korea’s Southeast coast, Busan is bordered by a range of seven mountains and seven beaches.
~Before completing university, travel was my focus. I’ve lived in the UK, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand, and backpacked through Western Europe, Egypt, and South East Asia. I am so happy to be out in the world again.