korea, koreanlife, travel

Fitting In – Or Not – in Korea

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

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Suncheon Bay Gardens: A Horticulturist’s Wet Dream

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

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Books and Booze: Chapter One, Seoul’s Nerdiest Bar

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

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The Anxiety-Riddled Nerd’s Guide to the EPIK Application Timeline

I will fully admit, when I was applying to EPIK I did not have it together. I was in my final semester of university, and stressed out. It took me forever to get my documents together, and I sent the wrong thing more than once. As it took me so long to get everything submitted, I didn't… Continue reading The Anxiety-Riddled Nerd’s Guide to the EPIK Application Timeline

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White Privilege in Korea

A couple of weeks ago, I went on a date to a barbecue restaurant in the south of Seoul. The waiter put the pork belly we'd ordered on the grill to cook, and returned periodically to flip it. When it was done cooking, he then cut it up for us and told us to enjoy… Continue reading White Privilege in Korea

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Moving in Korea On the Cheap

Last summer, I changed jobs. I went from teaching with EPIK in the small, rural city of Namwon to teaching with GEPIK  in Suwon, the capital of Gyeonggi Province and a satellite city of Seoul. Obviously, I would have to move yet again, as my apartments were given to me from my employing schools. That,… Continue reading Moving in Korea On the Cheap

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What a Week’s Worth of Korean School Lunches Looks Like

I can recall, with a faint sense of horror, what school lunches were like for me as a student in the US. There was cardboard-y rectangular pizza, watery canned corn, and gloopy mashed potatoes. We would supplement our so-called nutrition with whatever we could from the ubiquitous vending machines. Things are different in here in… Continue reading What a Week’s Worth of Korean School Lunches Looks Like

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No Hablo: Seven Tips to Effectively Communicate When You Don’t Speak the Local Language

I'll let you in on a little secret: if you're reading this, you are already way ahead of the curve. There are roughly 360 million native English speakers globally, and an estimate of over one billion English learners. That means that around twenty percent of the world can speak at least a bit of English. Your chances… Continue reading No Hablo: Seven Tips to Effectively Communicate When You Don’t Speak the Local Language