October 30, 2014.Reading time 3 minutes.
I locked myself out of my house the other night. Suffice it to say, I found myself outside with a bag of trash and not much else. No phone. No key. No money. No roommate at home to let me back in.
October 1, 2014.Reading time 2 minutes.
Last night I texted my mom: Guess what, the most amazing thing just happened!! She responded right away: What. She probably thought something actually amazing had happened, as opposed to what really had. I was watching the latest episode of 연애의 발견 (a Korean drama) and the subtitles cut out in the middle, but I still understood almost […]
August 13, 2014.Reading time 5 minutes.
On the last leg of my journey from Korea to Baltimore, a domestic flight from Texas to Maryland, 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 […]
July 10, 2014.Reading time 3 minutes.
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 […]
August 24, 2013.Reading time 5 minutes.
I have a little confession to make. When I wrote my last blog post, I was actually bursting to share a secret, which I wasn’t allowed to share until TODAY. I’ve actually been bursting to share it for about two months now, but the most I could do was write metaphorical posts sneakily expressing what […]
April 10, 2013.Reading time 3 minutes.
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 […]
November 17, 2012.Reading time 5 minutes.
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 […]
August 24, 2012.Reading time 3 minutes.
Re-acclimating to the US hasn’t been too difficult during this first trip home since I moved abroad. 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 […]