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)

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)

Jjimjilbang: It’s Time to Have Your N[ew]de Experience

So I have to tell you all about something that occurred last Thursday the 25th. All that week, one of my peers who had previously lived in Korea for a year kept talking about this thing called "jjimjilbang" (찜질방 in Hangeul). "Oh, we had to do it!" she said. "It would be so much fun! It … Continue reading Jjimjilbang: It’s Time to Have Your N[ew]de Experience

Big Feet in Korea: Prepare for the Worst

If you were to ease drop into some of our conversations though, you'd think you're listening to a guy explaining things to his kindergarten younger siblings. I swear, I feel so bad for him.