Archive for October, 2010

Have I Lost That Traveler’s Ambition?

October 31, 2010
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Something that often keeps me from sitting down and writing is opportunity. Living abroad, there’s always something new I can experience, even the little things: trying out a new restaurant, soaking in the local bathhouse, practicing my Korean on a stranger. Even when I’m trapped in my apartment due to rain or circumstance, the...
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Where I Am, Running-Wise

October 30, 2010
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I haven’t blogged about running in a while. For someone who claims to be a runner first, and a traveler seconder, I haven’t been fulfilling my obligations. Maybe that should be a Facebook profile option: “Who are you? Runner, traveler, writer, lover, fighter, sleeper, preacher…?” Interests are one thing, but how do you define...
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What’s In Your Refrigerator?

October 28, 2010
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What’s In Your Refrigerator?

Nothing of substance, just thought some might be interested in the kind of food I have stockpiled in South Korea. 1. Bottle of Jinro Fresh soju, only 1000 Won, from Family Mart 2. Japanese sake, from my recent trip 3. Sliced turkey (for my lunch) from EZ Shop Korea 4. Yakult probiotic beverage from...
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Ferries Between Japan and Korea

October 21, 2010
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Ferries Between Japan and Korea

Why travel by ferry when there are other options? Cruises. Flying. For me, it comes to comfort. Ferries take a little longer, but there’s more amenities on longer trips, like table tennis. And even if the ride is longer than a few hours, the overall commute is just… well, easier. Consider someone in Seoul...
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About My Students

October 20, 2010
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Long time no blog. I’m the process of changing everything to a temporary template until I find someone a bit more SEO friendly. In the meantime, please excuse any glitches that pop up. I’m sure the content will remain unaffected, and perhaps more ascetically pleasing. There are often situations with teaching kids that would...
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Noticing Immediate Differences: Japan and Korea

October 6, 2010
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Noticing Immediate Differences: Japan and Korea

I’m sitting at one of Fukuoka city’s famous yatai: a food stall lining the river, usually stocking fresh ramen or sushi. This time, as I perch myself on one of the red stools and start slurping loud enough to attract the attention of Japanese, it’s as though I’m settling into a warm bath. With...
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Uljin Songi Festival

October 4, 2010
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Uljin Songi Festival

This weekend wrapped up the Uljin Songi Festival (송이축제) in my corner of Korea. Uljin is famous for three things: big mushrooms, snow crabs, and unstable nuclear reactors… little bit of hyperbole. In any case, the festival was a good chance to stay in town for the weekend and chill with the locals. The...
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Climbing Mt. Fuji in the Off Season

October 1, 2010
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Climbing Mt. Fuji in the Off Season

I’m walking down the Subashiri Trail on the east face well after the sun has set. Unlike knowledgeable hikers, I hold no rain gear, nor a decent flashlight; fortunately, I planned my ascent around the full moon, and, being a clear night, this light is more than enough to guide me. My feet slide...
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