A couple of days ago, I met a guy who was interested in teaching English in Korea. Or rather, he was interested in going to Korea. He told me flat out that he didn't want to "waste" money on a TEFL course, and had no prior teaching experience whatsoever. What he did have was the… Continue reading Five Ways to Help Your Lessons Not Suck
Koreans will proudly tell you that their country boasts all four seasons. They are distinctly separate, each with different dishes and experiences to offer both locals and visitors alike. Spring has the ephemeral cherry blossoms; fall has gorgeous, deep colors and spicy stews to warm up your bones; and the winter offers skiing and piping… Continue reading Summer Semester in Korea
A couple of weeks ago, I went to Yangae Flower Market in Seoul with my friend, Kimmy. Kimmy has the sort of passion for gardening seldom seen outside of an eighty year old British woman, so when she asked me to go to help search for some flowers for her father's birthday, I knew we… Continue reading Yangjae Flower Market: The Place for Phytomaniacs in Korea
I've been living in Korea for three years now, but my Korean still sucks. Here's a bunch of lame excuses why.
Recent grads (and non-recent ones), take note! Two days ago, I made my last student loan payment after three years of teaching English in Korea. Here's how I did it.
I fit in pretty well in Korea - size-wise, that is. Let me get personal for a minute: I am five feet tall and tip the scales at around one hundred pounds. I'm smaller than a lot of the students at my school - and I work in an elementary school. When I lived in… Continue reading Fitting In – Or Not – in Korea
Winters in Korea are long and brutal so when spring finally arrives, it's always with a big sigh of relief and the sacrifice of a small mammal to thank the gods for allowing you to see the return of the warmer days. I normally emerge from my annual winter hibernation sometime in early April, when… Continue reading Suncheon Bay Gardens: A Horticulturist’s Wet Dream
Living rent-free for a year while teaching English is definitely an awesome deal. However, what might not be so great is your apartment. Real estate in Korea - especially in Seoul - can be insanely expensive, and you might find yourself envying the wide, open spaces offered by a refrigerator box.
Ever thought about visiting Korea's Boseong Green Tea Fields? This guide will tell you everything and more that you wanted to know.
Tucked away on a side street in Sinsa, an artsy district just south of the Han River, hides Chapter One, a small, semi-secret bar which doesn't even have a name sign to tell you it's there. Instead, through a glass window above a flight of stairs descending into a basement is an old rotary phone… Continue reading Books and Booze: Chapter One, Seoul’s Nerdiest Bar