Korea’s Island Escapes

Korea is a penninsula where people can’t swim and islands are abundant. Before moving here, I never linked Korea with island hopping, but on so many weekends in the past year I’ve found us running away to random beaches whenever we caught a break from teaching.  From the West Coast to the East and the South, they’ve got a little bit of everything.    Our favorites: 1. Jeju-do: Korea’s claim to fame a.k.a. Korea’s... Read More

Korean Tastes: 5 Day Markets

You will find 5 Day Markets in every big city and small rural town across South Korea. They’re exactly what they sound like too, big buzzing markets that come every 5 days. They have 3 or 4 different locations and rotate through their chosen sites. They’re full of fresh vegetables, a huge assortment of fruit, seafood, pots  & pans, shirts, shoes… anything and everything.   Korean Grandmother's are hard as nails working... Read More

Giants & Tigers: Recipe for Mayhem

Sporting events here are like everything else, random and strange, and so much fun. I love going to any event in Korea whether it be a mask dance festival or a baseball game because no matter what I guarantee something will happen that seems so weird to me and makes all the foreigners laugh, but to all of the Koreans it’s [of course] just a normal occurence.  #1 Fan  I’m going to make a daring statement and say baseball games here are... Read More

Goodbye 삼호 Middle School

Goodbye 삼호 Middle School I’ve spent roughly 9 months sitting behind this desk looking at this ancient computer screen at Samho Middle School. Looking back on it all, when I started last September I never imagined I’d miss teaching Korea’s bratty youth as much I’m going to. It’s the first job I’d dare label as “real”. I have a desk. I have a classroom. I work 40 hours and kids call me teacher (more... Read More

Koreans & English: Golden Answers

The last few weeks I have had the ‘pleasure’ of grading my students in a speaking test. Every single student in grade 1 & 2 of my school had to sit down with me for about 3 minutes & answer 2 questions about topics we’ve covered in class. The answers I’ve heard have been varied to say the least!! Some of them are nothing short of golden… & by golden, I mean ridiculous! Question: What do you think about... Read More

Korean Kouples

At home it’s a sin to even think about leaving your house dressed the same as your girlfriend or boyfriend. You’d be a fashion screw up & way to ‘cute-sey’ on the couple front. However, Korean couples absolutely love dressing the same. It’s not just a matching shirt though. Oh, no. It’s an entire matching outfit. Same faded jeans, same shoes, socks, baseball hat, t-shirt, and jumper. They might as well pee... Read More

Festival Fun

   Cherry Blossom Festival Korea’s nothing short on festivals. There are festivals for literally every occasion you can think of. International films, music, butterflies, buddhism, traditional music, Ginseng root, rice culture, jazz, ceramics, seafood, paper lanterns, soybean, whales, fireworks, kimchi, mountain snow, mushroom, FIRE, sea-parting (similar to Moses), rice cakes, tea bowls, mime, herb medicine, martial arts, wild tea, bamboo,... Read More

Seokbulsa Temple: Stone Buddha

Whilst living in Korea we have visited countless temples. While I enjoy a good temple, it’s still fair to say that the vast majority lack a distinct feature & are substantially the same. This is NOT true of Seokbulsa. Temples in Korea are typically dominated by wooden structures. Seokbulsa means ‘stone buddha temple’, & it lives up to its name. Smaller than nearby Beomeosa (where we did our templestay), Seokbulsa is often... Read More

World Cup Fever

Red Devil EXPLOSION!   WORLD CUP FEVER    Shouting Korea I’m ashamed to admit this.. but.. I’ve never really watched or followed a World Cup before. This is my first taste of World Cup Fever. I’ve watched over 10 games in 5 days (some willingly, some by the force of Farrow). I’ve arguably watched more soccer games in the last few days then I have in the last 10 years combined. I grew up playing soccer like it was... Read More

Bigger, Brighter World (Amaris Lasik)

Thank you Korea for affordable health. Since living here I’ve had: My teeth cleaned & fluoride treatment (I had not been to the dentist in years because it’s too damn expensive at home!)  I actually went to the doctor when I was sick. Weird, right? It cost me $2.00 unlike  my $40.00 co-payment in America. I’ve been prescribed medicine and I can pick it up for $1.00. Same meds at home cost will over $30.00. I don’t have... Read More

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