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 […]

I Want Much More Than This Provincial Life, So I Decided to Travel

I may not have grown up in a small or rural town, but the sentiment stands true… I want more than what I’ve been conditioned for through higher education, years of perfecting my resume, and jobs I couldn’t wait to quit. Forgive me right here and right now, because it was due to a list […]

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 […]

Portraits Around the World: Kids Will Be Kids

Every week I feature a picture taken by myself or Jerry Bauer that tells the story of a person. Sometimes they’re bizarre, informative, or just plain entertaining. To see more Portraits Around the World, click here. Have you ever observed kids playing? They might chase each other with water guns in your neighborhood, or maybe […]

How to be cool with where you are, even if you have no clue where you’re going

My friends might laugh when they read this. I’m the ultimate “not cool girl.” I’m great at making awkward situations even more uncomfortable, and I take every decision I ever make way too seriously. Things like leaving the house on time (even though I’m always late) and not sleeping enough stress me out. In college […]

Travel Inspiration: Stunning Photo Essay of Dominican Republic

This past June, before moving to South Korea, I spent almost a full month beneath the Caribbean sun in Dominican Republic. It was a blissful summer spent laying by the pool, floating in the ocean, scuba diving with starfish, and eating every type of seafood I could get my hands on. The DR is one of […]

A Hidden Shoe Shop in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

One of my favorite things to do when I’m traveling is SHOP! I look for hidden roads with little boutiques, vintage stores, jewelry stands; really, anything I can get my hands on. I even love the big crowded markets where you get swept away by waves of people. Walking down the street one day in […]

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 […]