Perception vs. Reality

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 […]

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Sewol Ferry

One month has passed since this devastating tragedy and I’ve just read that the captain and three crew members were recently indicted with charges of homicide by omission. The South Korean Sewol Ferry sank on April 16th, 2014, taking with it almost all of its original 476 lives. The vessel was carrying mostly high school […]

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Busan for Buddha’s Birthday

What a whirlwind of a weekend! It seems like we had been planning for and looking forward to this 4 day break ever since we first arrived in Korea back in late August and I can now say that it was all worth it. This was my first trip to Busan, South Korea’s second largest […]

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I can’t tell you why

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 […]

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The report cards I would write

Today marks the last day of my first semester teaching English in Korea. It’s hard to believe it will be my last day with some of the sweetest, orneriest, and fascinating little humans. My Deer class will forever have a place in my heart as the little stinkers that never gave up asking me how […]

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Dongdaemun Explorations

When you get to a place in life, be it physical or not, where words are not a good enough reaction; where social media and photos could not possibly adequately encapsulate the moment in all of its shining detail. When every intensifier of language falls short of expressing the gravity of what is real to […]

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