TOPIK I: Korean Exam Experience

Last Sunday I took the TOPIK I exam. TOPIK stands for test of proficiency in Korean and is split into two different exams. One is a beginner level exam, and next is for intermediate/advanced levels. TOPIK I covers levels 1 and 2 whereas TOPIK II tests for levels 3, 4, 5, and 6. So for the exam…

Story Time: Teacher’s Trip to Tongyeong

Story Time: Teacher's Trip to Tongyeong. Alternatively, the first time I was, within the bounds of Korean workplace culture, forced to do some embarrassing in front of my co-workers.   It involved a bus full of teachers, soju, and the US national anthem. But I digress. Let me start from the beginning. So on occasion…

Alohanok (알로하녹) Cafe: Daejeon

I'm back with another café post. I may have opened a can of worms starting to do these kind of posts, what with the sheer number of cafés I visit. But then again, what with the sheer number of cafés I visit it's a shame if I don't try to document some of them. Plus English information on…

Daejeon, Dunsan Cafe: Pigment Picnic (피그먼트 피크닉)

This is going to be a different sort of post. Something came over me this morning suddenly I really wanted take some pictures. I realized I hadn't shot anything since my sister and I were in Kyoto. Which is a crying shame. So this morning, after a bit of a late start, I met a friend…

Thinking About Home

(Brace yourself for a crushing wave of sentimentality. Because if you thought I could over idealize, romanticize, and just generally be way too cheesy about Korea, just wait until you hear my thoughts on my home town.)   Thinking About Home The thing of "missing home" while you're living abroad is a complex and constantly…