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

8 Things to Know About Korean Studio Apartments (or, Long Overdue Tour of My Hobbit Hole)

Back in August, I said I would upload a video tour of my apartment, and that never happened. Oops! I'm going to make up for that now. Even so, I'm using a video that I shot when I was giving my orientation buddies a tour. I think parts of it were funny and underline the … Continue reading 8 Things to Know About Korean Studio Apartments (or, Long Overdue Tour of My Hobbit Hole)

If You’re in Korea During the Fall, You Must Visit Seoul’s Lantern Festival

We had spent a long day finishing our hike along Seoul City Wall. Beforehand, we had walked through Namdaemun and seen some delicious hotteok being served up. Danny thought this sounded like a great idea after our hike, but we wanted to keep walking. "Let's walk along the Cheonggyecheon." We weren't alone, but we were in for a … Continue reading If You’re in Korea During the Fall, You Must Visit Seoul’s Lantern Festival

A Protest Movement: Koreans Call for the Resignation of President Park Geun-hye

A week after Japan, and the same Saturday we found ourselves at the Seoul Lantern Festival, we were walking through the empty remains of a Kimchi Festival on our way to Namdaemun for some hotteok. As we meandered through the City Hall area, we heard the faint rumble of loudspeakers and what sounded like a … Continue reading A Protest Movement: Koreans Call for the Resignation of President Park Geun-hye

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

Walking Along Hwaseong Fortress City Wall (and the Strangest Street Performance We’ve Ever Seen)

After weeks of hiking Seoul City Wall, we learned about Hwaseong Fortress, a completely walled city. Not being one to shy away from adventure, we decided we had to check it out. And let me tell you, the experience was one I won't forget. No matter how extroverted I am, getting pulled into a random performance by … Continue reading Walking Along Hwaseong Fortress City Wall (and the Strangest Street Performance We’ve Ever Seen)

Want to See the BEST Fireworks Show? Look No Further than the International Fireworks Festival in Seoul

What can I say about Hanhwa's fireworks show courtesy of Seoul's International Fireworks Festival at the 63 Building on the Han river? Not much else besides that it was utterly fantastic. I had first seen the advert for Seoul's International Fireworks Festival 2016 a few weeks before in September. The fireworks were being held on October … Continue reading Want to See the BEST Fireworks Show? Look No Further than the International Fireworks Festival in Seoul