This chapter of my life in my home state of Ohio has reached the point where I know my departure is due. How long have I been back in the States now? In some ways, I have grown to feel even more out of place here than I felt back in Asia. I don’t say […]Read More Not for lack of love: Goodbye Ohio
“Let’s drink to the pursuit of the new American dream—getting the f***out of America,” Thomas B. Kohnstamm from his book Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? Woosh. Anybody who has known me for more than 5 minutes knows how much I dream about getting out of N.Amer, but that statement is as harsh as a […]Read More The New “American Dream” ?
One of the more unpleasant subtleties of Korean culture that I have experienced that has been hitting my radar lately has been the difference between what is perceived and what is really happening. From what I have experienced in Korea, I have noticed that a huge amount of stress is placed on perceptions. This manifests […]Read More Perception vs. Reality
I can’t tell you why you should or shouldn’t teach in Korea. Just as I cannot tell you everyone should go to college or study abroad in college, I cannot say that someone who isn’t traveling isn’t “truly experiencing life”. In our own ways, we are all living life and our experiences are all anomalies […]Read More I can’t tell you why
What a year this is shaping up to be! Not too many months ago, I would never have expected to be enjoying my life as much as I do here. Busted ankle Christine would have laughed in your face if you told her she’d be strutting around Seoul like a champ these days. I’ve made […]Read More How Far We’ve Come: From Surviving to Thriving in Seoul
I’ve been asked repeatedly how difficult it is to get around in Korea not knowing Korean. I’ve probably already said this and I’ll probably say it a million more times, but it is EXTREMELY difficult. Walking into a restaurant, not being able to say, “where can I sit”, “how much does this cost”, “what’s in […]Read More Engrish, learning Korean, and my future career as a mime
DISCLAIMER: this post could offend. I want to clarify, I do not hate Korea or Koreans and the events described are meant to be seen for their comical side and not to further stereotypes or ethnocentrism. These events are isolated and are only my personal descriptions of my experiences, they do not classify all […]Read More A Few Stories for your Friday…
So one of the many bits of culture shock I’ve endured since arriving is that Koreans will stare at you and will not consider it rude at all. Now before anyone starts making judgments, hear me out. I think there are a lot of interesting things to talk about when you consider the concept […]Read More Korea is a constant catwalk….and the true feeling of being stared at