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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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Not Packing Light

January 6, 2014
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Rolf Potts may extol the virtues of no-baggage travel and keeping your possessions to a minimum, but this time, I couldn’t resist bringing all these goodies into Korea. Thankfully, I didn’t have an issue with customs. 1. Two bottles of Napa wine, The Prisoner and La Crema. Wine is available in Korea, but at...
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Flying without a Plan

January 5, 2014
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…not much of one, anyway. Many readers have perused my blog and have probably come to the conclusion I’m a bit of a hippie, or at least a freer spirit. This is true only when you compare my lifestyle with those of pencil pushers; by any vagabond’s standard, I might as well be wearing...
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Lost Potential

January 4, 2014
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Do you know what the scariest thing is? To not know your place in this world, to not know why you’re here. That’s just an awful feeling. Sometimes I feel particularly despondent hearing stories of success. Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in college. Steve Jobs had his own company before he was thirty. Kerouac belted...
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10 Things Korea Gets Wrong

December 3, 2013
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10 Things Korea Gets Wrong

I just know this series is going to land me in trouble with some travelers or nationalist netizens, but I’m feeling unusually prolific this week as I sit at home and stare out the window, so I might as well incur someone’s wrath. I lived in Korea for just over a year before moving...
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Pros and Cons of South Korea

November 26, 2013
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Pros and Cons of South Korea

If Japan taught me the importance of packing light – among other things – Korea was also quite the educational experience. I’m back in the US for the holidays and using the time to prepare to return to the ROK. Unlike before, in which I lived in a very small town and had a...
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10 Things Peru Gets Right

November 18, 2013
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10 Things Peru Gets Right

To those readers who think I only saw negative aspects of Peru during my stay in South America, think again. There are many perks to living there that really surprised and enticed me to stay. 1. Fresh juice Peru is no stranger to providing Coca Cola and Inca Kola at restaurants, but I was...
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10 Things Peru Gets Wrong

November 17, 2013
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10 Things Peru Gets Wrong

Obviously, I have to add a disclaimer for a travel piece with that kind of title. I don’t intend this to imply my American, male, white wily ways are the only way one can view the Earth. Rather, I personally just found some aspects of life in Peru (particularly #3) frustrating, as I have...
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