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

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

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

korea, Uncategorized

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

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

Guides, What to Eat

What to Eat in Lille, France

In a past life, before I moved to Korea to teach English, I studied and then interned at the Université Catholique de Lille in Lille, France, a city on the Belgian border located about an hour north of Paris via train. The year I spent in Lille was my first time living abroad, and my… Continue reading What to Eat in Lille, France

korea, Korean Food, Life Abroad

Forced Fun: Korean Company Dinner (회식)

It's the end of the year, which means that hwaeshik (회식) abounds in Korea. If you're not familiar with what hwaeshik is, let me explain. Hwaeshik when you go out and get more wrecked than a fratboy during his third week of college with your colleagues. It isn't really an optional thing; it's more like forced fun where you can't… Continue reading Forced Fun: Korean Company Dinner (회식)

Guides, korea, travel

Teaching English in Korea: A Haphazard Guide to EPIK

Ever since I was little, I've had a proclivity to adventure. I always knew I wanted to make the most of my life, which is why nearly three years ago, I made the decision to leave my exciting life drawing hearts in latte foam for minimum wage in the States behind and move abroad. I… Continue reading Teaching English in Korea: A Haphazard Guide to EPIK