korea, koreanlife, travel

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

EPIK, korea, Korean Food, travel

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

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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