Returneeisms

I’m back in the US now, after living abroad in South Korea for two years and in Japan for three years, and am going to try something different and write about my experiences… Continue reading

Seoul Walk 1

I love my walks around Seoul, and have the most interesting encounters on them. Today I stopped at an intersection to take a picture of a random church, and waiting for the light… Continue reading

Jeonju

Jeonju City, in Jeollabukdo Province, is a city of some 600,000. Known for the rice, veggie and meat dish bibimbap and for its beautiful traditional houses, it made the perfect place for me… Continue reading

Olympic Park in the Snow

My plan was to get pictures of Seoul’s Olympic Park AFTER it had finished snowing… …but like clockwork it started snowing again when I got there. I didn’t quite get to the iconic… Continue reading

Grandma’s Ducks

My Grandma Kyo had pillows shaped like ducks and Korean duck figurines around the house. As a kid I always wondered, “Why does Grandma like ducks so much?” It turns out that Koreans… Continue reading

Walking the Cheonggyecheon

Two days ago I took the subway to the beginning of the Cheonggyecheon river, which starts near Gyeongbukgung Palace, the main palace of Seoul, all the way until Yeondap Station, which is where… Continue reading

Korea vs Japan: Freebies

One difference I’ve noticed when comparing South Korea and Japan is the type and quantity of certain freebies. In Japan, any trip to a major city meant I would receive minimum 5 packets… Continue reading

Bukchon Hanok Villlage

One place I’d really like to get to know better, well enough to walk around without a map, is the Bukchon Hanok (traditional Korean house) village. Walking around this area in Northern Seoul,… Continue reading

Christmas in Korea vs Japan

Before coming to South Korea I wondered if there would be any major differences between how Koreans and Japanese celebrate Christmas.  I had heard that in both countries that Christmas is more of… Continue reading

Korea Story

As the end of the semester approaches (I only have three days of my student’s teaching practicum left to grade) I am mapping out how to best spend the two month long winter… Continue reading