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
A two hour train ride south of Seoul in the heart of Korea's breadbasket is Jeonju (전주). It's is the capital city of the rural province Jeollabukdo (전라북도), where I lived for my first two years in Korea. Now that I've moved up to the suburbs of Seoul, it's nearly shocking to me how few people… Continue reading Seven Reasons to Visit Jeonju, South 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
About a three hours' drive south of Seoul in Korea's bucolic countryside is Namwon (남원), a small city with fewer than 85,000 inhabitants. It's located deep in the heart of Korea's breadbasket, Jeollabukdo, and the main industry here is farming. Rice paddies, twisting grape vines, and persimmon trees can be found throughout the periphery of the city,… Continue reading Namwon: The Verona of Korea