Archive for June, 2011

Just How Fluent Am I?

June 15, 2011
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Just How Fluent Am I?

I was reading over hikosaemon’s Japan blog not too long ago and came across a very interesting entry on fluency in foreign languages: You see, it is quite plausible for someone to be fluent in some situations, and not in others. This is particularly the case in Japan, where even vocabulary customarily used can...
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Korean Holidays: The 14ths

June 14, 2011
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Korean Holidays: The 14ths

In honor of today, which is a lesser known holiday in Korea, I thought I’d tell you all about the special days in this country that fall on a 14th. There are the more popular ones like Valentine’s Day, White Day, and Black Day, but nearly every month has unique 14th (how ironic it’s...
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Being Sick in Korea

June 13, 2011
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Being Sick in Korea

I’m not exaggerating when I say last night I was so feverish I could have eaten a banana without peeling it and not noticed the difference. For some reason I feel compelled to keep spouting details of just how sick I was… sweating the whole night, barely able to stand, certainly not able to...
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My Korea List

June 13, 2011
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I’ve scratched off quite a few things from my Korea bucket list: – Eat bonjuk – Enjoy a body scrub – Stay in a jjimjilbang – Visit Ulleungdo and Dokdo – Pet the kitties at a cat cafe But there’s still so much more: – Climb the tallest mountain in Korea. That would be...
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It’s a Young World

June 12, 2011
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I thought about doing this as a video blog, but as I’m not feeling so hot on this lazy Sunday and my cooking dinner is creating a little too much ambient noise, I will try to express myself in text. This really just popped into my head a few minutes ago, and it’s not...
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Ulleungdo: Seonginbong Peak

June 12, 2011
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Ulleungdo: Seonginbong Peak

For my first full non-sick day on Ulleungdo, our Discover Korea tour group went on a bus to the hot spots around the island. I say hot spots, but other than some decent hiking (which is very decent), there’s next to nothing to do on Ulleung: – Little in the way of culture or...
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Disillusioned on Dokdo: Part II

June 8, 2011
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Disillusioned on Dokdo: Part II

I left the jjimjilbang around 7:00 and made my made to Mukho Port to meet the rest of the group. As I mentioned, I’m rather reluctant to sign with organized tours, so this first introduction would be key: would there be any douchebags who had the potential to ruin the trip for everyone? Any...
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Disillusioned on Dokdo: Part I

June 6, 2011
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Disillusioned on Dokdo: Part I

It’s been exactly ten months since I landed in Incheon. This weekend was a lot of firsts for me. First time going to a jjimjilbang (찜질방), a cheap place to sleep, probably the Korean equivalent of a capsule hotel (but there are no capsules per se). First time on a Korean island. First time...
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