Being a Foreigner in Korea

The weight of being a "foreigner" in Korea comes and goes.  Some days it's heavier than others. Some days the term 외국인 feels like jab. Like when a co-worker who I'm close to calls me 원어민 쌤 instead of my name. Some days it can start to feel like all I am is my "foreign-ness."…

Story Time #2: The Time My Student Helped Me Get BTS Concert Tickets

This story beings a long time about when I first heard about SF Music Festival coming to Daejeon. It was one of those things that lingers in the back of your mind and occasionally you think, "I should really buy tickets for that," or "I should really double-check what date that is." And so, as…

What to Expect from Your First 6 Months Living in Korea

First Six Months in Korea This is part two of the what to expect in your first semester/6 months in Korea. Part one was about teaching and part two is going to be just about living in Korea in general. You can read part 1 here. Again I asked my several of my friends for their…

Reflecting on Semester One

February 12th I landed in Incheon airport with my entire life stuffed into two oversized suitcases. Now those suitcases sit pushed into a corner in my utility room holding my no longer wearable winter clothes. The past five months have been both the fastest and the longest of my life. I still remember landing in…

Korea Month 5: Rainy Season

Welcome to another update post. Since my last update we have started (and by the looks of it just about finished) the rainy season in Korea. It started very abruptly, like some flood gates had been opened two Sunday's ago and it rained for about four days straight without letting up. Since then it's been on…