Archive for September, 2010

The Ajeossi

September 28, 2010
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I am back from my excursion to Japan. It was a great trip, but I now find myself adjusting to the cold weather of the east coast… and feeling a little sick. So what happened? - I climbed Mt. Fuji at night with no flashlight in the off season (not smart) - I stayed...
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With Great Power…

September 14, 2010
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With Great Power…

I finally had the chance to tour my town’s nuclear power plant this weekend, charmingly referred to as the “Energy Farm”. Strangely enough, the information desk had the best English map of Uljin-gun I’ve seen since I arrived. I grabbed a few copies for potential Couchsurfers, and made my way to the timeline room....
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Five “Hello”s

September 13, 2010
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Five “Hello”s

I was walking through Juk-byeon (줔변), a town relatively close to Bugu, having completed a solid beach run and just killing time window shopping before the next local bus arrived. I had been in this area before, but only in the evening and only briefly on the streets; a few English teachers host a...
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Differences in Learning English

September 12, 2010
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Differences in Learning English

The idea of escaping one’s national economy to go teach English in Asia is nothing new; I don’t why it’s been getting such attention lately, but I might as well put more information out there. Of course there are differences in the way children learn English, just their countries offer unique cultures. With each...
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Little Things in Uljin

September 11, 2010
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Little Things in Uljin

I cancelled my weekend trip to Pohang (포항) due to inclement weather. Probably for the best, as I should save money for my Japan trip. Why would I buy bottled green tea at Home Plus for 2000 Won when I can get it straight from the source in ten days? There’s something to be...
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DMZ International Peace Marathon

September 10, 2010
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DMZ International Peace Marathon

Cheorwon will be hosting the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) International Peace Marathon on September 12th, 2010, the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Distance Full (42.195 km), Half (21.0975 km), 10 km Starting Time 9:00 AM, Sept 12th, 2010 Location Gosukjeong, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do Transportation Free shuttle buses will be available at Seoul Station, Jamsil Main...
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Surfing and Hosting

September 9, 2010
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Surfing and Hosting

Completely unrelated to this entry is an event that happened today. You know what I’m talking about, English teachers, or anyone who’s worked abroad… the dreaded “in OUR country, we do things this way” or “this is part of OUR culture”, as if Korea has a license on certain cultural values… some would be...
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Why Do You Want To Learn English?

September 8, 2010
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My gold class kids are pretty smart, as good as some of the most basic adult learners I had at AEON (Straight to the Point class, if you happen to be in Japan). Remember, my classes are color coded according to ability and age: white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, navy, purple, and gold....
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One Month In…

September 7, 2010
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One Month In…

Well, dear readers, exactly one month has passed since I landed in Incheon (인천) and began my South Korean experience. Compared to my time in Japan (which I seem to be doing a lot lately), I am so numb to traveling at this point it takes a lot to get me thrilled. Don’t get...
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