Winter in Korea and the Changing of Seasons

I’m not sure if I’m built for this thing called ‘winter.’ I’ve been snuggling under my coat and wearing millions of layers since November, and I fear I’ve suffered from a mild case of seasonal depression (nothing a glass of wine can’t fix, of course). I’ve gone as far as spending multiple weekends locked up […]

Portraits Around the World: Fish at a South Korean Market

Every week I tell the story behind a photograph taken by myself or Jerry Bauer featuring a portrait that meant something to us at the time. Sometimes they’re enlightening, simple, or just meant to capture the moment. To see more Portraits Around the World, click here. I’ve learned that one of my favorite things about traveling is walking […]

The Complete Budget Breakdown to Apply for Teaching Jobs in Korea

After putting this together I can’t believe how much money it cost me in the beginning just to apply to be an English teacher in South Korea. I thought it might be helpful for others to see the total breakdown of my budget so that you can try to A) Spend less and, B) allocate the right amount of […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Teaching English in South Korea

So you think you want to be an English teacher in Korea, but you still have a lot of questions and no one to answer them? Living abroad can be extremely rewarding, but the process to get there is uncertain and full of surprises. Since I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this subject, I […]

Taking on the Korean Noraebang and The Worlds Most Awkward Serenade

I’ve adopted a new hobby since moving to Korea. It involves a microphone, disco lights, leathers seats, and lots of soju. Plus, it often comes equipped with Alanis Morissette, The Beatles, and plenty of 90’s nostalgia; what more could you want? In Korea it’s nothing new, but I’m very happy (read, ecstatic) that we’ve found […]

What Shocked Me Most About Living Abroad in Korea (And How I Dealt With It)

I’ve been living abroad in Daegu, South Korea for a little under five months now, and although the initial culture shock has dwindled, I’m still surprised by new things every day. Just this morning I tried a new flavor of Gimbap (veggies and meat rolled in rice & seaweed, kind of like sushi); I didn’t know […]

8 Hilarious English Fails that Make Me Wish I Knew How to Say WTF in Korean

1. The bar with the literary reference turned into catchiest of catch phrases: 2. The photo studio where you can have your photo taken while you have fun with a girl, you naughty, you ;): 3. The friendly reminder to stay hungry while you feed the kids: 4. The entrance sign to my schools gymnasium: […]

The Art of Uncomfort-Ability: Manouvering the Stages of Living Abroad

There was an incident one morning: in the middle of filming a small commercial for our global center, an elderly man began screaming what sounded like profanities in Korean (I can’t be too sure). He shook his fist in the air, expanding the curve of his back to appear larger and, presumably, more féroce. We were blocking […]

Fall Foliage Tour of South Korea

This is the first time in my life I’ve lived somewhere that has four seasons, and guys, I’m so excited! I’m obsessed with the leaves changing, the colors of the earth, the sky, the trees. I just can’t get enough. I had a lot of expectations for Korea, but I never expected it to be […]

Attitude of Gratitude: Korea Part II

Every week I write a little bit about life in Korea, specifically the good parts. Find more posts about what I absolutely love about Korea here.  Today I have an immense amount of gratitude for the place I’m at in Korea. It hasn’t been easy getting here, as it never is when you move your […]