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Back in the Classroom

February 8, 2014
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Back in the Classroom

This is the first time I’ve seen anything like corporal punishment in Korea. I witnessed my old boss grab students by the ears, but generally this was done without malice and only if students had really been misbehaving, e.g. hitting others, making others cry with insults. Nevertheless, my current employer is taking things to...
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Food Discoveries in Fukuoka

February 1, 2014
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Food Discoveries in Fukuoka

Fukuoka, Japan will always hold a special place in my heart. As my first vacation spot inside Japan, I was introduced to so many new things: capsule hotels, ramen at the yatai, nightlife worth going out for, and the laid-back atmosphere of Kyushu. I’ve been back once before while passing through on my way...
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My Travel Quirks

January 31, 2014
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My Travel Quirks

I freely admit I’m a bit of a nerd. When it comes to travel, there are certain things outside of typical travelers’ behavior I do that I ordinarily wouldn’t admit. Not that they’re illegal or particularly embarrassing; I just fell into a habit of doing them whenever I go abroad and don’t really think...
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Making a Visa Run to Japan

January 30, 2014
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Making a Visa Run to Japan

First off, I should point out my situation is unique. The majority of English teachers are hired prior to departure and able to secure their Korean working visas in their respective home countries. I, on the other hand, received a 90-day tourist visa on arrival and hand delivered my E2 paperwork to an employer...
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Patching Bits of Happiness

January 29, 2014
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I try to remember when I was at my happiest. I distinctly remember my parents asking me in 2009 about which year of my life had been the best, and I answered “this one”; at that point, things had just improved by the moment. Being in New Zealand can have that effect. Though I...
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Korean Foods I Absolutely Must Eat

January 20, 2014
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Korean Foods I Absolutely Must Eat

Now that I’m back on the Korean peninsula, there are certain foods for which I can finally satisfy my cravings. It’s true, Korean food is probably the most widely available on the planet and not necessarily lacking in quality outside of Korea, but there are certain dishes I’ve yet to see in the US....
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Ice Cream in Korea

January 16, 2014
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Ice Cream in Korea

Living in this country for a sufficient amount of time makes the most banal imported food seem like a scrumptious feast. Americans know all too well when Taco Bell first opened its doors outside of military bases. I don’t believe a decent purveyor of New York style pizza can yet be found in Itaewon,...
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Things I Learned from Traveling in 2013

January 15, 2014
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Things I Learned from Traveling in 2013

This past year has taken me across the globe, off the map, and back home again. From a stressful beginning in San Francisco to a whirlwind tour of Peru, I’ve had opportunities for adventure that I try to appreciate with every in breath and out breath. When I started 2013, I was beyond burnt...
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10 Things Korea Gets Right

January 13, 2014
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10 Things Korea Gets Right

Happy Tuesday everyone. I’m sorting things out in Uljin and making plans for my Philippines trip. I’ve said it before, but it’s weird just how not weird it is to be back in a foreign place where I lived and worked for over a year. It doesn’t feel like I never left, because I...
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Doljanchi, First Birthdays in Korea

January 12, 2014
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Doljanchi, First Birthdays in Korea

My original plan when housesitting for friends in rural Korea had been to just take some time to enjoy the hot springs, build up my strength at the gym, and catch up on some writing assignments I had been too lazy to do over the holidays in Texas. I may still get around to...
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