Exploring Downtown Naha and Shuri Castle at Okinawa, Japan, Part 1

Coming to Okinawa, we didn't really have a set plan of course. As opposed to our future vacations in Southeast Asia where we would tour the local spots extensively, we came to Okinawa primarily to see our friends. When I first decided to come to South Korea, going to Japan immediately became a priority for me. Having … Continue reading Exploring Downtown Naha and Shuri Castle at Okinawa, Japan, Part 1

Hello, Yongin Folk Village! (Or, Things to See Around Suwon)

If you're ever in Korea for a few days, one of the things you must do is visit a folk village. This is especially true if you come during the fall, as a folk village is usually situated inside a forest. The leaves turn beautiful shades, and wandering from activity to activity is a cultural treat … Continue reading Hello, Yongin Folk Village! (Or, Things to See Around Suwon)

Homesick? Reflecting on Two Months Working Abroad

It seems a weird thought to say that I've lived in another country for almost three months now. For instance, it's not the same, clearly, as moving to another place in the United States like I did when I got my first teaching gig in Putnam County, IL. Many people start feeling homesick around this … Continue reading Homesick? Reflecting on Two Months Working Abroad