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Korean Costco food is delicious. The bulgogi wraps are hands...



Korean Costco food is delicious. The bulgogi wraps are hands down, the best thing I’ve ever eaten at any Costco.

There is something very unique about the way that the Koreans eat at Costco. I have tried to get a photo of this several times. I was very secretive about obtaining this photo (not really), but adjussi was doing a good job of blocking me. Hopefully you can see that he is helping create —what I refer to as— a condiment pile.


Oh Korea, I will miss your convenience stores (marts) on every...



Oh Korea, I will miss your convenience stores (marts) on every corner. 7-11, Family Mart, Buy the way, GS-25… the mart names are like music to my ears. You severely lack slushies, but you make up for it with your stock of 1250₩ soju.


I took a photo every day in April. This month I was consumed by...



I took a photo every day in April. This month I was consumed by beautiful flowers, bad food and bowling. Another month down in Korea, two more in the hopper.


An American in Joseon Korea: George Foulk



Born in 1856, George Clayton Foulk was an officer of the US navy who was sent to Asia at the end of the 19th century. During his first mission he became fluent in Korean and Japanese and was later appointed Minister to the Kingdom of Korea from 1885 to 1886 and again from 1886 to 1887. The numerous pictures he took during his time in Korea are an invaluable historical legacy.


I love bowling back home in the States. I was briefly on a...





I love bowling back home in the States. I was briefly on a bowling league in middle school, and I even took a bowling class with my friends in University. I am not a very good bowler, but I’m not too shabby (for a girl).

Let me tell you what Korean bowling alleys are missing: (1) cheap pitchers of beer, (2) gross but awesome fried food, (3) sleazy old, fat dudes that bowl like wow, (4) a cloud of cigarette smoke that wafts across the lanes, and (5) black light bowling.

Again, Korea makes up for it with a mart down the street that sells soju, and three games and a pair of shoes only cost 11,900₩.


Spent Faithe’s last weekend competing in a flip cup...









Spent Faithe’s last weekend competing in a flip cup competition. Our team name was “Team America,” as we all come from the States. We failed miserably, not even beating one team. Oh well. Silver lining? I ate a delicious burger at Breeze Burns. Bygones.


A while ago, I went to Beomeosa for a temple stay. It was…...





A while ago, I went to Beomeosa for a temple stay. It was… interesting. Their English translator recently left and the monks didn’t speak any English. So what happened?

A monk chastised me for pronouncing Beomeosa incorrectly, I woke up at 3am to meditate, I bowed 108 times, made a cool necklace (that smells like cedar chips) from all the bowing, and saw a painting of naked ladies with huge knockers trying to “tempt” Buddha. From that last thing, I learned that women are the “greatest temptation” for men.

Glad I spent the night in a temple. Don’t think I need to do it twice.


I took a photo everyday in March. This was a month heavy on the...



I took a photo everyday in March. This was a month heavy on the Korean food and good byes. It is sad that living a life as an English teacher abroad means saying often “good bye” to good people. It is even more sad that it is somehow getting easier.


I found an awesome Hello Kitty store after visiting the UN...



I found an awesome Hello Kitty store after visiting the UN Memorial Cemetary in Danyeon.

There was so many cute things in there! From car seat covers to garbage cans to toothbrushes, I wanted to buy everything.

As Hello Kitty would say, “You can never have too many friends!”


My new kindergarten class is still a challenge but I love them...



My new kindergarten class is still a challenge but I love them more everyday. We have good days where we seem to be able to communicate everything. We have bad days where I’m shouting “No speaking Korean!” and they’re shouting “No speaking English!” back to me. “English time!” is a popular phrase.

But they are very sweet. When I was sick a few weeks ago and had a sore throat, Sophia (in Korean, of course) said, “Teacher, throat hurts?” and then rubbed my throat with her soft little hand. She didn’t have any magical healing powers, but I teared up as I nodded because it was so sweet.


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