Tag: south korea

Jeju: Photo Highlights of 5 Days in Paradise

Jeju-do: the “Hawaii of Korea”. A temperate climate with countless cliffs, coasts, and beaches; vastly different than the rest of the country. It had been high on my list of places to see since before I even arrived to Korea. And I finally made it happen! Lucky for me,...

Things That Start to Happen During Your Second Year in Korea

1. It is very clear you are no longer “new” Once new batches of teachers start to come in to town, in awe of everything around them, almost in a “Korea daze”; it is then you realize how far you’ve come. Sometimes you forget what made this place so...

9 Things I Never Thought I Would Eat Until Coming To Korea

As you may have noticed in my last post, I have officially been in Korea for over a year! A lot can happen in a year, including what food I have allowed to enter my digestive system. Almost all of these foods were surprisingly tasty, and I would eat...

6 Things I’ve Learned My First Year in Korea

Cheers to one year in the land of kimchi! Happy Anniversary, Korea. I’ve learned a lot from you, and not just how to use a selfie stick. Let’s take a deep dive into this arbitraty list of six things I have learned from you (so far)....

Korean Thanksgiving: Camping in Picturesque Piagol

Last weekend was the celebration of Chuseok, essentially the equivalent of Thanksgiving here in Korea. For us teachers, that meant a 4 day weekend! We took full advantage of this and headed for Piagol Valley in Jiri Mountain for some good ol’ fashioned fall camping. Campfires, cool nights, and...

Vacation Mode in Beautiful Bijindo

August 9th- breakfast filled with Dunkin Donuts (makeshift Korean Tim Hortons breakfast), and we set out for our week long cross Korea road trip! After some failed attempts of camping on the East Coast during the first part of our vacation (paying $30 to sleep next to a roller...

Happy 6 Months, Korea!

April 26th- the day I reached my six month anniversary of being in Korea. Also known as the midpoint of my contract. I have lived, learned, and experienced an immeasurable amount during these past six months, yet I also feel as though there is still so much exploring to...

A Merry Korean Christmas

Despite being far from home and the fact that Christmas is not a massive holiday here in Korea, it still remained to be a special day. Christmas Eve was spent working during the day. This wasn’t so bad, since I received 3 separate surprise packages in the mail! These...

4 Signs You May Be Sucessfully Assimilating to Korean Culture

1. You Can Now “Fall Asleep” on Public Transit Your senses are no longer hyperactive/hypersensitive during your commute. You can now close your eyes and know exactly where the bus is, without worrying you will miss your stop. I realize this isn’t technically falling asleep, BUT this one time I...

Today Was A Great Day

As soon as I opened my curtain this morning, I knew it was going to be a great day. Mokpo’s first big snowfall....

Top 10 Cultural Differences in Korea (So Far)

I have officially been in Korea for over a month. Wow! So crazy. Although it’s a fairly short period of time, the amount of cultural differences I have experienced so far is astounding! I definitely did my fair share of research on Korean culture before arriving here, however being PHYSICALLY...

Living Abroad: Celebrate the Small Victories

It’s funny how living in a foreign country can change your perspective on your accomplishments. Back home, buying groceries or successfully taking a cab back to your house is a mundane task that probably deserves zero recognition. However when you are immersed in a new culture, these small tasks...

Teaching in Korea: Apartment Tour

Even though I’ve been in Korea for over 3 weeks, I only moved in to my apartment about 9 days ago. Since then, it has been a constant cycle of cleaning, organizing, buying more stuff, making more of a mess, and repeat. I am relieved and happy to finally...

First Weekend In My New City

My first weekend here in this new city I call home was spent exploring. On Saturday, my lovely co-teacher took me for a hike at Yudalsan Mountain, about a 5 minute drive from my apartment. It’s not the biggest mountain, but you definitely work up a sweat! Once you...

Oh right- I’m here to teach!

Orientation kind of felt like summer camp- the excitement of being in a new place, meeting new people- who became immediate friends, and having a day scheduled with new activities. (The fact that we also ate all three meals daily together and slept in the same hotel really added...

Planes, Trains & A Great Big Foreigner Bubble

Just over 2 weeks since I’ve landed in the beautiful country of South Korea. Time has flown by, but the plane ride seems so far from here. Even though I’ve only been here for two weeks, so much has happened during this time, that I can’t help but be...