When I first told people I was moving to Korea, one of the first inquiries was how safe I was going to be, you know, since I was going to be so close to North Korea. Sigh. While I’m no expert and I am never as informed as I’d like to be on world news, […]Read More Seoul, How Safe Thou Art
As the months tick by and it seems like time is evaporating out from under us, my reflections are starting to feel more profound at times and my thoughts are scattering like leaves thrown around by a leaf blower. I’m starting to really freak out about the uncertainty of the future and about the […]Read More The Challenge of Change
9 Months of living in Korea have passed. Shocker, I still can’t say with any confidence that I know anything significant about how to do this. We may not be gurus but, I will say this: living in Korea is ever entertaining and living abroad is nothing like how it is on instagram. Here are […]Read More 10 lessons we’ve learned after 9 months in Korea
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
It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve experienced anything that constitutes culture shock, but leave it to sneaky culture shock to sneak up on me and teach me some lessons. Let’s just say a brief weekend in Daegu, which was also the first Korean city I’ve experienced outside of Seoul, fed me a […]Read More Cultural Immersion: Choosing Positivity
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
Ironic Confession: I’m writing about exercising in Korea while simultaneously eating a spoonful of nutella. Judge me if you will, just remember, middle schoolers. Since the recent and unfortunate onset of winter and its uncomfortable chill, my friends and I decided to try out a Korean gym. It is located directly across the parking lot […]Read More Exercising in South Korea: Taking it to the Gym!
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, like most food adventures in Korea, we set out with good intentions of enjoying a delicious, yet fully immersive in its authenticity, Korean meal. However, I’ve found that when you make a plan in Korea, you better plan every detail down to the Korean spelling of everything you want or need, or suffer the […]Read More Korean Barbeque…or so we thought…..