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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In the Dark

While I was lying in bed last night, two car crashes happened outside my open window.  It was somewhat terrifying to be half-asleep and hear that screech of tires followed by the crash of metal and glass.  Even though I was lying safely indoors up on the fourth floor, I felt as if the cars […]

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Standards of Beauty

One of the first things I noticed when I visited Korea three years ago was the surprising number of girls wearing high heels. (My friend joked that they would even wear them with pajamas.) One of the first things I noticed when I arrived in Korea 8 months ago was how many advertisements there were for […]

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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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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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Memorable Holiday Moments

Since I was so busy during the holidays, I didn’t really get to write anything about them as they were happening, but now that I have a bit more time/energy, there are a few interesting moments I’d like to reminisce about. First, Christmas Eve: The Eve of Christmas, I happened eat dinner in an Indian […]

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Simplicity

One thing American culture and Korean culture have in common is a love for technology and the accumulation of possessions. Literally everyone here has a smartphone (and is using it constantly––on the subway, while walking down the street, during class, you name it). Counter to both cultures, I have always attempted to keep my life […]

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My Korean-ness

You know how people always say they want to “find themselves”? I always thought that was a corny phrase, but I feel like that is exactly what is happening to me here. I am learning and becoming who I really am. A Korean native told me the other day that I inspire her to be more […]

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