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Living Abroad: Think Twice Before Quitting Your Job

In case you've been away and somehow didn't know, I upended my life in America to teach abroad in South Korea. I spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not this move would be beneficial or detrimental to my goals. I did what I usually do when I'm mulling over a question: I researched...

Angry Monkeys Attack at Batu Caves (and Historical KL), Part 5

After our first full day in Malaysia, we were loving the food and loving the country. But today we had plans to visit the famous Batu Caves and other cultural attractions around central KL. So after eating breakfast (again, with kaya toast! delicious), we walked along until we got to the Komuter rail. Getting to … Continue reading Angry Monkeys Attack at Batu Caves (and Historical KL), Part 5

Great pancake snack stand on Petaling Street

Petaling Street Is the Big Time in Kuala Lumpur (Or, Gimme a Whole Lotta’ Roti Prata, Part 4)

I'll be short: I was so excited for dinner at Petaling Street our first night in Malaysia, but it was totally sidetracked. The time it took getting out of the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was a bit of a bummer. From long lines at immigration, difficulties with an ATM, buying umbrellas and bug repellent, … Continue reading Petaling Street Is the Big Time in Kuala Lumpur (Or, Gimme a Whole Lotta’ Roti Prata, Part 4)

Taipei 101 and the city at sunset

Taipei Christmas (Or, Finding Yongkang Street and the Best View of Taipei, Part 3)

I never expected to be in a city like Taipei on Christmas Day. And perhaps symbolically, this was one of my favorite days of the entire trip. Our walk about brought us to many beautiful and cultural highlights. Traditionally, I'm usually at home with family, a tree lit in the background and rugrats screaming around the … Continue reading Taipei Christmas (Or, Finding Yongkang Street and the Best View of Taipei, Part 3)

Shilin Night Market, Snails, and Trails (Or, Why Taiwan Is a Foodie’s Paradise, Part 2)

Day two of our trip would have us exploring a mountain, cultural streets, and a night market. If there's one thing I love about going new places, it's the food. Nevertheless, since we were hitting three different countries, the cost concerned me. I wanted to keep it as affordable as possible, especially since living for 10 … Continue reading Shilin Night Market, Snails, and Trails (Or, Why Taiwan Is a Foodie’s Paradise, Part 2)

Taipei 101 and the Start of Winter Trip 2016, aka, Sorry Taiwan, We’ve Arrived, Part 1

Taipei 101 stood magnificent over the city, a proclamation of the exciting things our winter trip entailed. On that first day of our winter adventure, we left the bitter cold of Seoul behind for the vision of Southeast Asia! The sub-tropical climate of Taiwan, an island that sits at about the same latitude as Miami, FL … Continue reading Taipei 101 and the Start of Winter Trip 2016, aka, Sorry Taiwan, We’ve Arrived, Part 1

International Travel: Americans Need To Get Out More (and 6 Reasons They Don’t)

In America, an avoidance (realized or not) of international travel is deep in our bones. I had never given it much thought, growing up. However, my own personal experience was the perfect example of this. As I grew up, I only ever went on one vacation with my family -- to Colorado when I was … Continue reading International Travel: Americans Need To Get Out More (and 6 Reasons They Don’t)

Gyeongbokgung: Why You Should Stop Watching Netflix and Come Visit This (and the Other Four Joseon Palaces)

Whenever I come to a new place, I make sure to take in some of its cultural heritage. Seoul exploded into the 21st century in Gangnam the last 50 years. Even so, I value taking a step back and seeing the roots of a country. Plus, visiting Gyeongbokgung and the other palaces gives you a cool experience. For … Continue reading Gyeongbokgung: Why You Should Stop Watching Netflix and Come Visit This (and the Other Four Joseon Palaces)

Noryangjin Fish Market (Or, What It Was Like Eating Live Octopus)

How do you feel about live octopus? Can you imagine it wriggling on your plate? Coming from the American Midwest, people are generally suspicious of seafood. I think about my dad in these instances growing up in rural central Illinois; he frequently suggests that a good meal consists of steak, potatoes, and corn, and that's about it. … Continue reading Noryangjin Fish Market (Or, What It Was Like Eating Live Octopus)

Nami Island, A Magical Getaway for Two

Since we've arrived, most of our excursions have been inside the city of Seoul. Planning day trips to other locations can be expensive. And overall, it just requires more work. That being said, we finally got away from Seoul a few weeks ago to see one of the biggest attractions just outside the city: the magical getaway, Nami Island. … Continue reading Nami Island, A Magical Getaway for Two