Autumn is a time that conjures feelings of coziness and nostalgia in almost all of us. After all, who doesn't love pulling on their most beloved over-sized sweater and going outside to gaze at the colorful leaves? In the United States, we love things like pumpkin spice and Halloween, but things are a little different… Continue reading Seven Seasonal Things to Do During Autumn in Korea
In fewer than 500 words, here's how to get to Sokcho and what you should do there. Why should I go to Sokcho? It's gorgeous, there's a lot of outdoor stuff to do, and you'll get some culture thrown in there as well. If you doubt me, just look at the GIF that I Google made below.… Continue reading Sokcho: A Brief, Logistical Guide
With its bold, wide variety of different tastes and textures, it's no surprise that Korean food has been gaining a lot of popularity in recent years. Now that it's finally truly autumn, the weather has cooled down enough to enjoy the best of what Korean cuisine has to offer: soup. You read that correctly. Bulgogi and bibimbap are all… Continue reading Five Hearty Korean Soups to Warm You Up This Autumn
When people decide to move to Korea, a lot of them look at Seoul. A few more adventurous ones might side to Busan. Mostly everybody wants to live life in the big city, despite the fact that the countryside is arguably the best place to be. I have spent years now trying to talk to people out… Continue reading Five Reasons to Live in the Korean Countryside
A couple of days ago, I met a guy who was interested in teaching English in Korea. Or rather, he was interested in going to Korea. He told me flat out that he didn't want to "waste" money on a TEFL course, and had no prior teaching experience whatsoever. What he did have was the… Continue reading Five Ways to Help Your Lessons Not Suck
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
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
I've been living in Korea for three years now, but my Korean still sucks. Here's a bunch of lame excuses why.
Recent grads (and non-recent ones), take note! Two days ago, I made my last student loan payment after three years of teaching English in Korea. Here's how I did it.
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