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

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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 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...

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

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