I recently made a brief three-day trip to Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games with my good friend, Kimmy. We were going to watch one event - alpine ski - on Thursday but ended up staying until Saturday, due to a series of strange but exciting circumstances. Kimmy and I both love - and… Continue reading Tiny House Stay in Pyeongchang, South Korea
In the balmy turquoise sea south of the main Korean peninsula floats the small paradise of Jeju-do. This isle's center is dominated by South Korea's tallest peak - a now-dormant volcano called Hallasan - and slopes down into a fantastic, cratered landscape which tells the story of its (quite literally) eruptive history. Jeju's topography is… Continue reading Jeju-do: A Three Day Travel Guide
I've been traveling nearly constantly during the past three years. I've heard a lot of good things, but also, some things which destroy my faith in humanity. Presented here, as what will *hopefully* be a weekly series, is a parody account of some of the things I've heard during this time. When moving abroad,… Continue reading Basic Bitch Travels, Episode 1: Coffee
I 'became' a lot prettier when I moved to Korea from the US. This is how my life has changed - and how I'm dealing with it.
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
Springtime eye-candy, because there can never be too many pictures of cherry blossoms.
There's a lot of people who ask me exactly what it is that I do every day. In an effort to answer these questions, here's my (rough) daily schedule as an English teacher at an elementary school in South Korea. 7:30 AM - Wake up. Stare at wall. Contemplate skipping school. Remember that… Continue reading A Day in the Life of an English Teacher in Korea
Crowning the north of the gray concrete metropolis of Seoul like an ornate diadem is Gyeongbokgung, a magnificent palace built in 1394 by King Taejo, the founder and first king of Korea's Joseon Dynasty. It remained the principle palace until 1592, when the first of many tragedies struck. Gyeongbokgung's history mirrors that of many historical places… Continue reading Gyeongbokgung: Korea’s Premier Palace
The road to Ipoh is certainly the one less traveled. Even though it is (by population) the third-largest city in Malaysia and the capital of its province, Perak, Ipoh remains an in-between place. It's largely glossed over by tourists planning their vacations as they rush between the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and coastal, colonial Georgetown three hundred… Continue reading Ipoh: Malaysia’s Hidden Gem
If you were to bring up the topic of cities in France, most would mention Paris. Nice. Marseille. Strasbourg. Very few would bring up the magnificent city of Lille, which lies adjacent to the Belgian border in the northernmost region of France. Solely considering its geographic location, it's odd how unappreciated Lille is. It’s the… Continue reading Lille, France: An Introduction