10 Things Korea Gets Right

January 13, 2014
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
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

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

…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

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
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
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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