EPIK, korea, travel

Summer Semester in Korea

Koreans will proudly tell you that their country boasts all four seasons. They are distinctly separate, each with different dishes and experiences to offer both locals and visitors alike. Spring has the ephemeral cherry blossoms; fall has gorgeous, deep colors and spicy stews to warm up your bones; and the winter offers skiing and piping… Continue reading Summer Semester in Korea

korea, travel

Yangjae Flower Market: The Place for Phytomaniacs in Korea

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Yangae Flower Market in Seoul with my friend, Kimmy. Kimmy has the sort of passion for gardening seldom seen outside of an eighty year old British woman, so when she asked me to go to help search for some flowers for her father's birthday, I knew we… Continue reading Yangjae Flower Market: The Place for Phytomaniacs in Korea

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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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

korea, Life Abroad, travel

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