Solo Christmas

Today, like every day, I asked my students, “How are you today?” Although yesterday was Christmas, no one said a word about that. They gave their usual answers: “Happy,” “Hungry,” “Tired and happy,” “Very, very, very, very happy,” and “Angry.” Except one boy. One rambunctious eleven-year-old who occasionally has streaks of uncontrollable laughter that turn […]

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5 Tips for Beating the Heat (in Korea)

Not only does heat make everyone grumpy and tired, but some of us are champion sweat producers. And that’s not a skill we really want to show off. So here are some tips for beating the heat in Korea. Feel free to adapt them to your locale.

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Five Tips for Living Alone

My roommate has been gone for over a month now and isn’t coming back for a few more days. That is SOOO long! Despite being an introvert, and prizing my alone time, I can’t wait for her to come back! In the meantime, here are some things I’ve learned in the past month about solo living: 1. Have […]

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Some Thoughts about American Politics (i.e. Trump..)

My schedule and brain have been unusually full lately. Sometimes I’m so exhausted I literally don’t know how to recharge. That sounds like a strange problem to have, and I suppose it is, but the struggle is real. Amidst all the busyness, however, I’ve still found a few spare minutes to worry about American politics. I’ve […]

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Braving the Public Bathhouse: Some Tips 

Today is Day 4 living without running water. (Why? It froze. In some pipes under a bunch of cement.) Needless to say, it’s been interesting. I never appreciated water so much. While flushing the toilet manually has been fun and all, the most interesting experience by far has been going to the public bathhouse down the street to shower. Here […]

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When Your House Becomes One Giant Refrigerator

My roommate and I can literally see our breath while standing in our living room. It’s become somewhat of an evening pastime, watching each other blow streams of steam from our mouths. We each have space heaters in our rooms, but why heat the living room when it will cost us an arm and a […]

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Hibernation

This winter I seem to constantly be wrestling with some level of sickness or other, and I’ve come to the logical conclusion that winter is meant for hibernation. We’re simply not designed to have to leave our houses in winter. We’re supposed to stay snuggled in our beds, conserving energy and resting our bodies until spring. I’m […]

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