After living in Southern California for 7 years, you almost forget that weather exists. Enter South Korea’s monsoon season. If I could describe the weather succinctly I would say hellish haha. It’s a muggy, steamy, hot, humid, mess. Also, my hair expands to hilarious and frizzy proportions (If you’ve ever watched the television show Friends,… Continue reading Forgetting Your Umbrella During Monsoon Season
On any given Saturday or Sunday in Seoul, the subways and buses are packed with families and friends decked out in brightly colored hiking gear. This eclectic bustle of rainbow-clothed people are on their way to hike the numerous mountains surrounding the city. These mountains are islands of calm surrounded by the ever-busy and bustling metropolis,… Continue reading Hiking in Korea: Yogmasan Mountain
Recently, I had the unfortunate experience to need some medical assistance, and I thought it would be helpful to put up some tips for other foreigners who may need to maneuver Korean hospitals. It can be pretty scary to have to find a doctor/hospital/clinic in another country. The emergency number here is 119, if you… Continue reading Injuries Abroad: Quick Tips On Getting Around a Korean Hospital
So, I guess this blog also should also have something to do with art …riiiiiiight? Haha, well that was half the intention for making this blog, at least. So here we go~ I’ve always been fascinated with fairy tales, mythology, almost anything fantastical in nature – and I think concurrently reading the novel Deathless by… Continue reading What Am I Working On, You Ask?
Living in another country will inevitably require you to do things in a different way. So it’s best to encounter something new with little/no expectation and a lot of acceptance (i.e. try and do as the locals do). This is far from a comprehensive list, just some random things I’ve found to be new or… Continue reading 14 Different Things About Living in South Korea
Being surrounded by glass, chrome, and asphalt for an extended period of time always has me feeling a deep-seated need to get out and find some nature. So, on a cool spring day, my significant other, a couple of friends and I decided to leave Seoul and explore Nami Island (or Namiseom 남이섬). Nami Island is famous… Continue reading Nami Island and the Surprising Strength of Ajummas
Thirteen weeks as a hagwon teacher have come and gone, and I thought I should share some general, personal reflections on teaching in Korea so far. Arriving to work usually occurs around 3 pm (after purchasing a much needed caffeinated beverage)- where I set up my classroom, check-in electronically and print out tests or homework… Continue reading Wrap-up Of My First Term As A Teacher