Living as an Outsider

Today a white woman got on the bus, and I was struck by her confidence. I live in Korea, so she was the only fully white person on board, but she just calmly smacked her gum and found a seat. My first thought was that this was the attractiveness of the “older” (no longer in […]

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Living a Life of Faith. Still.

I have been living in Korea for over five years now. In August, it will be six. Wow. That’s awhile. That’s longer than I spent in college. That was most of my twenties. Sometimes I feel incredibly at home here. It was like that since the beginning. There are moments of frustration, miscommunication, and helplessness, […]

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The Feeling of Springtime and Home

Yesterday was the first day of Spring, and today I really felt it. What perfect weather! I recently dropped a bunch of money on a bike––a decent one, according to my friends who know about these things––and I figured I should take it out for its first spin today. I should get over my paranoia about breaking […]

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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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Back in the Land of Kimchi

It struck me upon this particular return to Korea that I’ve grown surprisingly comfortable here. I’ve gotten used to the decreased eye contact and increased physical contact. To the abrupt but convenient public transportation and the way everyone buries their faces in their smart phones. To getting a free pass on explaining myself in certain situations because […]

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The Little Things

Things are back to normal here in my day-to-day life in Korea. I’m crying during church services, doing laundry, eating tons of cucumbers (my new addiction), watching a new Korean drama, taking pictures of eating with friends, and writing songs on the keyboard in the corner of my tiny bedroom. It’s the little things in 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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Homesickness

Waves of homesickness have been hitting pretty hard recently. To the point where I have even asked myself, Why am I here?   Why have I given up the place I have waiting for me back in the US as part of a family where I am loved, known, cherished, and valued? Why am I […]

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