Amidst the Threat of War

Tensions have been steadily rising between North and South Korea the past few weeks. I know because I see articles about it on NYtimes.com almost every day. But here in Seoul, there is no tension in the air. None. As someone living on the ground in Korea, I felt it my duty to write something […]

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Reunification

This week I went on my first tour of the DMZ (the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea). The tour only skimmed the surface of the complex issues surrounding this divided nation, but seeing the land of North Korea, one of the infiltration tunnels the North Koreans dug to attack Seoul, and the train […]

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The Ways I Fit in Korea

Re-acclimating to US culture hasn’t been too difficult during this first trip home. Driving for the first time was slightly scary (for about 5 minutes). Casually greeting my neighbors while jogging felt really awkward the first few times. (I’m used to giving people blank stares now.) But all in all, slipping back into daily life […]

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Revival

This afternoon, I was half-sleeping on the subway when the older man sitting next to me called out to an old woman selling gum. Sometimes people wander through the subway cars selling gum or some other little item to make money, but I rarely see anyone look up at them, much less buy what they are selling. […]

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Being a Foreigner in Korea: Pros and Cons

Being a (half-white American, non-fluent-in-Korean) foreigner in Korea  has its pros and cons. Here are some observations from the past 6 months: CONS: – Getting stared at. When I walk down the street, I can’t tell if people are looking at me because they think I look cool in my sunglasses or because they notice […]

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Joining a Gym in Korea

Last week, I finally joined a gym here in Korea! Best decision ever! I had been telling myself that I didn’t have time to go to the gym, but basically all it took was getting up earlier, and then I found I magically had plenty of time for everything! (Getting to bed early is always […]

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Holidays Abroad: Memorable Moments

I made it through my first Christmas and New Year’s abroad! Some truly strange and unexpected memories were made: Christmas Eve The Eve of Christmas, I happened to eat dinner in an Indian restaurant with a large group of mostly American friends. We immediately brought the volume of the dimly lit place up to the […]

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Cultural Observations: Taiwan & Korea

It is SO good to be back in Korea!! As soon I ordered a berry smoothie in Korean at the Seoul Incheon Airport and paid for it with my Korean debit card, I knew I was home. Here are some random observations from my trip to Taiwan: Things Taiwan and Korea have in common: Older […]

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