Life Abroad, travel

How to Stay Slim While Traveling

During vacation, it's pretty normal to put on a pound or two (or ten, depending on how much you're enjoying yourself.) To be honest, I really don't mind the weight gain; it's trying to cram myself back into my skinny jeans once the vacation is over that's I'm not fond of - or even worse,… Continue reading How to Stay Slim While Traveling

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

Basic Bitch, travel

Basic Bitch Travels, Episode 1: Coffee

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

destinationsinkorea, Guides, korea, Uncategorized

Seven Reasons to Visit Jeonju, South 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

destinationsinkorea, korea, Life Abroad

Namwon: The Verona of Korea

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

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Gettin’ Geeky in Gangnam: Samsung D’Light

Whether you're a techno-geek or not, it's hard to think of South Korea without thinking of Samsung. Their headquarters is located in trendy Gangnam (a district in Seoul), and open to visitors. Even though Samsung D'Light doesn't have an admission fee, it has plenty to occupy an afternoon. The Samsung Building is glossy and futuristic, as… Continue reading Gettin’ Geeky in Gangnam: Samsung D’Light

Malaysia, travel

Ipoh: Malaysia’s Hidden Gem

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

france, travel

Lille, France: An Introduction

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

Guides, korea, koreanlife

Moving to Korea: The Ultimate Packing Guide

You’ve made the choice to move to Korea, bought your (one way!) plane ticket, and now you’re getting ready to pack.  I'll be honest here: I packed for Korea the night before I moved there. It was not my smartest move, so learn from my mistakes! Though, to be honest, the very fact that you're… Continue reading Moving to Korea: The Ultimate Packing Guide