Boracay: Not Just a Tourist

Just got back from a week in Boracay. (It’s one of the more famous beautiful Philippine islands, if you were unaware.) It was gorgeous. White, soft sand. Clear blue water stretching as far as the eye can see. Puffy clouds, blue skies, hand-painted sunsets, twinkling stars. That’s Boracay. But while I met some cool people, did a lot […]

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International Flights: Some Tips

Having suffered through a painful trans-Pacific flight two weeks ago and then successfully making it through a significantly less painful trans-Pacific flight today, I feel qualified to share some tips: 1. Don’t sit in the middle. This seems obvious, but it has to be said. Especially if you’re like me and get stressed out by […]

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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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Culture, Identity, and Blood

On the last leg of my journey from Korea to home, a flight from Dallas to Baltimore, I found myself seated next to an Asian woman––the only other Asian on the plane. As I sat down, I noticed she was reading a book in Korean. I was sitting next to a Korean! I slept throughout most of […]

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Right Here, Right Now

This morning as I was looking out my window, I got a strange feeling, the same feeling I have when I’m traveling in a new country. The homes, streets, nooks and crannies are unfamiliar, and my eyes linger, imagining the lives of those who inhabit them, imagining how it might feel to live there. It’s a feeling of […]

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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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