What To Expect The First Week Studying Abroad

What To Expect The First Week Studying Abroad After I arrived in South Korea I know that I needed to go to my nearest Daiso store it seemed like every day.  Imagine you’re moving into a new apartment what are the products you will need to purchase; close hangers, a broom, shower slippers the list could go on. However, that’s not what I’m going to … Continue reading What To Expect The First Week Studying Abroad

A Thirty-Something Korean American’s Journey To Korea

This guest post is written by Linda.  I first met Linda, during the one day tour of the Garden of Morning Calm and Petite France in South Korea.  It has been over a year since our first meeting.  During that time we have bonded over our love of travel, food, and family stories.  Below is her inspiring journey of moving and finding employment in Korea.  It … Continue reading A Thirty-Something Korean American’s Journey To Korea

American Misconceptions About Living In South Korea

Expat Life In South Korea After arriving in South Korea there are always expats who are disappointed and want to go back home.  Usually, there are several reasons why they want to return home after such a short time living abroad. I want to write this post not about whether you should apply to become a teacher or study abroad in South Korea.  I want … Continue reading American Misconceptions About Living In South Korea

Breaking Down Cultural Barriers In Seoul South Korea

How To Stay Warm During Winter In South Korea

No Heat & No Flannel Pajamas!  Lesson Learned. Since, the weather keeps reverting, rain and snow in some parts of the United States when it should be getting warmer outside, I want to go back to something that happened during my first Winter at Hankuk University dormitory I forgot to post. My heart went out inside my dorm room.  At first, I thought I just … Continue reading How To Stay Warm During Winter In South Korea

The Last Hurrah: At Least For This Trip

Seoul, South Korea Expat Finality My last month in South Korea I would go out every weekend for lunch, and desert, mostly I combined the two, like when I went to my first vegan festival.  I shared this recurring theme with my friend who lived in Korea the longest. What were my plans for returning to the United States was a recurring question she asked? … Continue reading The Last Hurrah: At Least For This Trip

Visiting Dongdaemun Design Plaza Seoul International Handmade Fair

Visiting Dongdaemun Design Plaza Seoul International Handmade Fair

Visting Dongdaemun Design Plaza Seoul International Handmade Fair The weather was warmer and people wanted to spend time outside enjoying the outdoor activities they had missed because of the Winter.  This was my first trip going to Dongdaemun Design Plaza.  I was having a lot of first since coming to South Korea.  I read somewhere that’s why it feels so great to travel you’re taken … Continue reading Visiting Dongdaemun Design Plaza Seoul International Handmade Fair

Insadong Street Shopping & Gyejeol Bapsang Korean Buffet

Insadong Street Shopping And Gyejeol Bapsang Korean Buffet I decided to meet with my two new friends whom I met on the one day trip to Petite France and Garden of Morning Calm.  We met on a Saturday, in Insadong (인사동) a little past 11:00 a.m. since we wanted to beat the afternoon lunch crowd. In my opinion, midday is the perfect time to go to … Continue reading Insadong Street Shopping & Gyejeol Bapsang Korean Buffet

Informing Friends and Family You're Moving Abroad

Informing Friends & Family You’re Moving Abroad

Bridging The Gap Between At Home & Abroad The confusion of having to tell your family and friends that you want to move to another country is nerve-racking and requires plenty of advanced preparations.  I informed co-workers and family I intended to study at a University in South Korea I experienced a myriad of questions.  Because of the current political climate (Fall 2016) they didn’t … Continue reading Informing Friends & Family You’re Moving Abroad

Breaking Down Cultural Barriers In Seoul South Korea

Breaking Down Cultural Barriers In South Korea

예뻐요 at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies I continued taking Korean Language class even though I realized that it would take longer than I initially believed.  One caveat about immersing yourself in another culture is that a part of you wants to hold onto your own culture. In a country where beauty is considered thin with pale skin, both of which I don’t have or want … Continue reading Breaking Down Cultural Barriers In South Korea

Confucius Ceremony At SungkyunKwan University In South Korea

Confucian Ceremony At Sungkyunkwan University In South Korea

Religious Dances and Formal Ceremonies I went on another day tour with the Royal Asiatic Society.  I met up with my tour group outside of Anguk subway station, exit 6, at 9:30 a.m.  There was a vendor selling socks and writing supplies nearby, while we waited a lot of the other attendees browsed the merchandise.  I met with my friend who I had met on … Continue reading Confucian Ceremony At Sungkyunkwan University In South Korea