One of Those Beautifully Overwhelming Moments

Sometimes I feel like an old woman. Especially when I try to get up after sitting in one position for too long. (My joints aren’t what they used to be.. sad but true.) I also felt like an old woman on Christmas Eve when I was watching my little siblings (ages 5-10) sing Christmas carols […]

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Lost in a Good Book

Between my life in Seoul and the life I’m about to start in Busan, I find myself in the good ole US of A for three weeks, reconnecting with old friends and enjoying the easy comfort of being home. There have been many pleasant surprises already in the first few days of this trip, including the […]

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Heading Back to the Land of Kimchi

I’m leaving for Korea in the morning!! I cried a lot more last year when I thought I was only leaving for a year; this time I haven’t cried at all. But I guess that makes sense, because this time I know exactly what I am leaving for… AMAZINGNESS. (Seriously, I have missed my church […]

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Thunderstorm

Wow, thunder just hit so close that I felt my whole house shake!  Tonight there are not only flood warnings out, but there was a tornado warning not too long ago!  Very unusual for Baltimore, Maryland.  The weather is doing crazy things here these days.. I love this storm, though.  There is something distinctly beautiful […]

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Back in the USA (just for a visit)

Just landed in Dulles airport this morning! Can’t believe it’s been a year since I’ve stepped foot in the USㅡit didn’t really hit me until I told the immigration official that this morning. I can’t even describe the strangeness of exiting the airport today and realizing I was in the US of A. I felt […]

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Imminent Departure

It has been weird saying goodbye to everyone these past few days. It’s hard for my brain to comprehend how long 10 months really is. Sometimes I feel sad thinking about all the things I will miss when I’m in Korea. And then I think about how much I will miss Korea when I come […]

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One week out!

This morning I woke up with a pounding heart.  I think it’s finally hitting me that I’m leaving in a week. My room is a disaster, I haven’t started packing, and I have a million and a half things (mostly toiletries) I still need to buy.  Plus, I haven’t gotten my visa yet (might have […]

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눈치 (Noonchi)

Last week my aunt asked me if I knew about noonchi and was surprised when I told her I’d never heard of it. She explained that it is anticipating and meeting people’s needs without being told to. She said this ability is very important in Korean culture and that I should start cultivating it. This clears up a misunderstanding I […]

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