South Korea

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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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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Traces of Korea and Japan

October 1, 2013
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Traces of Korea and Japan

Korean people are the most common to find anywhere on the planet, with populations in the millions outside their home country. It should come as no surprise that I encountered a couple here in Peru, touring the Santa Catalina Monastery. When they asked my friend to take their picture, I had to be sure:...
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Risking Disfiguration and an Exposed Scalp

September 28, 2013
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Risking Disfiguration and an Exposed Scalp

I will admit from the start I have very little to complain about when it comes to getting my hair cut in a foreign country. We can all say it: I’m a guy. Who cares if a barber messes up my ‘fro or shaves it all off? It’ll be back in a month or...
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The Next Big Adventure

June 26, 2012
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The Next Big Adventure

It’s time for me to just get back out in the world. Unlike most of my adventures in which I’ve been pursuing a job, this one is truly for friends. I’ve meet a lot of people in my travels, and hope to catch up with most of them on a series of one-way tickets...
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What’s the Healthiest Country?

March 26, 2012
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What’s the Healthiest Country?

A lot of readers send me emails asking which country I think is better, Japan or Korea? Although I encourage questions, I have to say I’m a bit annoyed at the broadness of asking for such advice. How am I supposed to know which country is best for you? I could go on and...
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I Found a Sword!

February 29, 2012
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I Found a Sword!

I navigated the currents of the Great Material Continuum this morning and came up with… a sword! This is definitely one of the most random and fortunate things to happen to me in such a small time. I was running to Candlestick Park as I always do midmorning, hoping to build my mileage and...
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Expats: We Always Go Home

February 23, 2012
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Expats: We Always Go Home

Disclaimer: Based on initial impressions, I realized I really should have been much more specific when referring to “expats”. In this scenario, I’m certainly not referring to the zainichi and those with Japanese citizenship, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t considering foreigners with permanent residency. In any case, this is...
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How to piss off a Korean

January 24, 2012
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How to piss off a Korean

My latest article on Matador Network is now up. Here’s a taste: Once, after a fellow English teacher and I had enjoyed a bottle of soju in Samcheok and didn’t modulate our voices during the long ride home, the bus driver pulled over, speed walked to the back of the bus, and confronted and...
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