Kakao Friends Gang in Gangnam's Kakao Store

Kakao, Korea’s Messaging App, a Religious Awakening

Hey there. You probably text a lot, don't you? In fact, you probably use an unlimited texting cell plan. Now, I once went through the world without care, without any real thought at all about whether things could be better. What do I mean, you ask? Let me demonstrate for you. Open up your phone's … Continue reading Kakao, Korea’s Messaging App, a Religious Awakening

Eating out in Korea

A Calendar Year Abroad: Reviewing 2017

This year has been one for the books. Back in August 2016, we never could have truly seen how our lives would twist, tumble, and change. I want to take a moment to review and appreciate the amazing adventure our first calendar year abroad has been. From friends to our jobs and on to travel, … Continue reading A Calendar Year Abroad: Reviewing 2017

Beautiful photo of Singapore's architectural Downtown Core

The Hearty Durian (Or, the Food We Loved to Regret in Singapore, Part 8)

Though we had an amazing time in Kuala Lumpur and wanted to stay, we had to move on. The next morning, we hopped on an hour-long flight to Singapore, the land of the mythic king of fruits, the hearty durian. Now Singapore was an interesting beast. It was our least favorite of the three countries … Continue reading The Hearty Durian (Or, the Food We Loved to Regret in Singapore, Part 8)

Beautiful sunset with Lotte World Tower skyline

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...

Taipei 101 and the city at sunset

Taipei Christmas (Or, Yongkang Street and the Best View, 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, Yongkang Street and the Best View, 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 city at sunset

Hello Taipei 101, aka, 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 Hello Taipei 101, aka, 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)