Getting Chosen to Go on a (Free!) Cycling DMZ Tour

During our first month in Korea, we stumbled into an amazing opportunity to go on a free DMZ tour. They even included transportation and food. Many Koreans have never traveled to see the boundary to the north. Yet not only does it represent war and terror, but it also represents beauty and hope. Moreover, the experience … Continue reading Getting Chosen to Go on a (Free!) Cycling DMZ Tour

Stepping Back into the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul

Are you interested in sports? Honestly, the subject has never held much interest for me. My sister tried desperately to have me join soccer when I was in 8th grade, but her attempts ultimately failed. Even so, every four years, one event tunes me in and captures my imagination. Men and women fighting for superiority … Continue reading Stepping Back into the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul

Chuseok and the Art of Survival for an Expat Living in Korea

"Everything closes down. Everything!" "Don't travel! Everything is jammed up!" "Don't starve!" People have a lot of advice for how to survive the Korean holiday Chuseok. For those not savvy on Korean holidays, Chuseok (추석) is a traditional holiday that occurs with the harvest and is often called the Korean Thanksgiving. Families travel en masse out … Continue reading Chuseok and the Art of Survival for an Expat Living in Korea

A Trek Up Bukhansan: Crossing the Tallest Mountain in Seoul

Being as active as we are, we've already traveled all over Seoul, searching for things to do. This weekend was amazing as we had quite a bit of fun hanging out with some of our orientation friends. What better way to bond than to partake in the ultimate Korean pastime? Together, we tackled Bukhansan National … Continue reading A Trek Up Bukhansan: Crossing the Tallest Mountain in Seoul

Moving to Sillim-dong and My First Day Teaching EFL in Korea

Where's time gone? My first week teaching EFL has flown by. You may be wondering how it went. I wanted to give here a chance before saying anything. My hagwon's organization placed me in Sillim, an interesting location on Line 2 of the subway system. This first week teaching EFL, I've realized there are a few pros … Continue reading Moving to Sillim-dong and My First Day Teaching EFL in Korea

Making Friends Abroad (Or, 5 Ways to Make Sure You Don’t End Up Lonely)

Coming into this experience, I wasn't sure how it'd go making friends. What can you expect? You hear there's a large expat community in Seoul, but unless you know the right people or you go to the bars in the foreigner districts, it's hard to really break in. Would we leave this place with a … Continue reading Making Friends Abroad (Or, 5 Ways to Make Sure You Don’t End Up Lonely)