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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How To Make Your Tiny Korean Apartment Not Suck

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. 

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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 to Do When Your Boobs Low-Key Try to Kill You in Korea, Part II

In a previous post which you can check out here, I wrote about finding a lump in my breast, getting shoved around to a few different doctors, and ultimately hearing that I needed to have the aforementioned lump removed.   Last Saturday, I had a surgery on my boobs which didn't even make them bigger… Continue reading What to Do When Your Boobs Low-Key Try to Kill You in Korea, Part II

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What to Do When Your Boobs Low-Key Try to Kill You in Korea, Part 1

One evening a few months ago when I was taking a shower I noticed a small, hard lump - which I have since decided to name Hector - in my right breast. After a full-blown mini-panic attack, I decided I should actually go see a doctor before prematurely picking out a totally dope '80's playlist for my… Continue reading What to Do When Your Boobs Low-Key Try to Kill You in Korea, Part 1

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Six Steps to (Korean) Sauna Success

Ah, the jjimjilbang (찜질방). Korea's nude saunas can be a pretty intimidating for someone who has never bathed naked with a bunch of strangers before. The first time I went I didn't know what the hell I was doing, and subsequently awkwardly followed people around. I was convinced that everyone would stare at me - the… Continue reading Six Steps to (Korean) Sauna Success