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…

Holiday Celebrate!

Madonna reference aside, Koreans really love to celebrate. They have a holiday for everything. E V E R Y T H I N G. And at least one every month. Koreans love to be cute and couple-y. They are obsessed with relationships and anything romantic. Propelled further by savvy marketing, the 14th of every month…

#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…

Munchies

If you do not like trying new foods Korea is not the country for you. The school system is different here, and everyone eats school lunch in the cafeteria. Teachers included! To streamline the system everyone gets in one large line (teachers get to butt though) you pick up your chopsticks, a spoon and a…

Navigating Korean Public Transport

I am not intimated by a lot of things. I am not scared of a lot of things. I love snakes. Insects don’t bother me. I’ll try pretty much any type of food you put in front of me. I will cliff dive. I love snowmobiling. Horseback riding. Kayaking in thunderstorms. The dark doesn’t bother…

The Beginning

So. This is it. The big adventure. I have moved to South Korea. I have been here a grand total of 16 crazy days. No. I don’t speak any Korean. No. I can’t read Hangul either. No. I do not know anyone here. Yes. I am doing this all by myself. No. I haven’t been…

The Hike to the Hill of Crosses (Kryžių kalnas)

*I studied in Belgium for a semester during college, and while we were there, roommate and I traveled a ton and did some real off-the beaten path stuff, I’ll be posting how to do some of these things, especially stuff that is was hard to find instructions for on the internet.* As our Latvian/British host-mom…