Taroko National Park & Shilin Night Market

Our second full day we got up at 5 am for a tour of Taroko National Park. A 19 mile natural marble gorge, it is considered one of the 7 Wonders of Asia. We paid for a group tour to the Park and I am incredibly glad we did. I think we could have navigated…

Sandiaoling Waterfall Hike, Shifen & Jiufen Day Trip

After our first day in the city we felt we needed to get out into some of the Taiwanese nature. We decided to take the day and see the most visited Taiwanese waterfall, Shifen, and do some other things along the way. Doing some research we came across the Sandiaoling Waterfall Hike, according to our…

Interview With An EPIK Teacher ft. Jim Halpert

After my last post with an EPIK Teacher was successful I decided to do another one! Let you know the different types of people that come here (Even if they have the same name). So let’s start with the basics. What’s your name? Jessica Sealey Where are you from? A little town called Bewdley about…

Annyeonghaseyo!

Did I ever think I would be learning Korean? Ha. No. Yet. Here we are. It’s only taken about 4 months for me to go from completely illiterate, to being able to read at the pre-school level. Please tell me you read that as sarcastic. If it sounds like I am frustrated with my progress,…

Things I’ll Miss About Korea

As my friends and I battle the different stages of culture shock, it can be very easy to spiral into a negative head space where we just constantly bash on Korea. In those really dark moments, the ones where we’re all thinking “Why the heck are we here?” we like to play the game “Things…

The Curious Incident of the Bird in the Daytime

So if you have me on Snapchat, you have heard this story already. And that is the story of my high school 3rd graders (high school seniors)  killing a small bird in the middle of class for basically no reason what so ever. Here we go: So for those of you that don’t know Korea…

Korea, We Need to Have The Discrimination Conversation…

“Are you kidding me?” my voice was getting louder. “Come on Laura, let’s just go” my friends whispered quietly behind me. “No!” My breath shaky, my hands curled into fists. “They can’t do this!” I insisted to my friends. I turned back around to the Koreans blocking our way through the door to the restaurant…

Being Beautiful in Korea

“Teacher! You look like Emma Watson! Beautiful!” I burst out laughing. “Have you ever seen a photo of Emma Watson?” I thought to myself. I know this may come as a shock to some…but I do not look like Emma Watson. Besides being white women with brown hair, that’s pretty much where me and Ms. Watson’s…

The (Un)Official Guide to Korean Culture Shock

Anyone who has traveled abroad can tell you about culture shock. Anywhere you go there is bound to be some culture shock. I remember feeling culture shock the first time I went to Alabama. Okay, kidding about Alabama (it’s low hanging fruit, I couldn’t help it). But in all seriousness culture shock is a complicated…

Interview with an EPIK Teacher

I know some of you are probably wondering “What type of person is willing to pack it all up and move to South Korea to teach children for a year?” Well there’s no true hard and fast answer. So I got together a few of my friends here and asked them a few questions about…

How To: Teach English in South Korea

So far I have focused mostly on what my adventures in South Korea have been, not how I actually got here. I got here by plane. Duh. That was a joke. Albeit a bad one. Anyway, I was able to come to South Korea through a fabulous government program called EPIK. (EPIK stands for English…