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,…

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…

Quick Guide to Everything Lanterns

While I don’t post as often as I want or I should, I am constantly thinking of new ideas for blog posts. And then forgetting to write them down. So when I go to start writing I forget what I was going to say. So this post is going to be about the Daegu Lantern…

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…

I Almost Died At A South Korean Bus Depot???

Sorry for the click bait-y title, but I couldn’t help myself. Thanks for the title inspiration dumb YouTubers. Also this happened about a month ago but I didn’t want to freak my Mom out so I am posting it wayyyy later, now that I more confident in my transportation skills and my Korean language skills….

The Blame Game

  When two of my co-workers came to pick me up from orientation these were the first three things they said to me (in order):  Your bags are so heavy! Are you single? Yes? Great! So is the male co-worker around your age who came to pick you up. You both sit in the back…

Rain Rain Go Away

So after living in “the Seattle of Europe” aka Brussels, Belgium, I learned to deal with a little rain. A LOT of rain. It was common to practice to get caught in the rain and show up to class soaking wet because you didn’t bring your umbrella that day. At first this is traumatizing, but…

#Rant

So to gear up for my big move to Korea, I started off where everyone else starts. The blogs. I read MANY different travel blogs about other people’s opinions/experiences/adventures in Korea (and throughout the world). I would put the number of travel blogs I have read well in the hundreds. And I have come to…

Racoona Matata

I have a few animals that are just “hard no’s” for me. These are animals that I don’t ever really want to encounter in the wild, see in real life or interact with on any level. Blue whales? Hard no. Jellyfish? Hard no. Bullfrogs? Hard no. Hairless cats? Hard no. Raccoons have been on my…

How To: Be a Pedestrian in Korea

Step 1: Don’t. Step 2: Find a new way to get to your destination. Okay, yes the above is a joke, but to be a pedestrian in Korea is not a laughing matter. First, cars have the right of way. Yes you read that correctly, cars have the right of way. This makes waiting at crosswalks interesting,…

High School 3rd Graders

As I continue my blogging here in South Korea I have to come realize it can get a little complicated as to which grade level I am referring. The American equivalent of South Korean grades is a bit different. Here is a chart to help you figure out which grade level I’m talking about: United…