Bongeunsa 봉은사: The Temple in the City

Seoul basically feels like New York city, except that everyone is Korean. It wasn't until I got out into the country side that I really started to feel like I was in a completely foreign country. But the difference between Seoul and any other big city in the US is that you can be in…

The Weekend Adventure: Part 2 부산 Busan

After a perfectly exhausting day in Gyeongju we finally made it to the train station to head to Busan. The train was exactly 11 minutes late and my friend had started threatening to sue. That should tell you a little something about how efficient the transportation usually is here. But it did arrive, and roughly an…

The Weekend Adventure: Part 1 경주 Gyeongju

This weekend we went on an adventure. Adventure though, I'm coming to realize, was somewhat killed by the invention of the smart phone. Because while yes, we were sitting in a cafe in a rural city in Southeast Korea not sure where we'd be sleeping that night and not sure where exactly the train terminal was,…

From Lost to 북촌한옥마을 Bukchon Hanok Village

  Friday August 12th 9:15 am I decided it was time to call it. My bus to visit a friend who lives a little ways outside of Seoul was supposed to leave at 9:20 and there was no way I was going to figure out 1. where I was and 2. where my bus was in…

경복궁 Gyeongbokgung and 명동 Myeongdong: Two Sides of Korea

Yesterday two of my former students, now friends, and I went to Gyeongbokgung and Myeongdong and ended up walking a total of almost 9 miles. As someone who 1. never exercises and 2. has chronic feet problems to rival a 70-year-old, that's actually quite a feat. I had planned to meet up with them at…

Korea: First Impressions of a Country That Doesn’t Feel So Foreign

This is my view as I write this post, upstairs from a cafe in Gangnam. And even as I write this I don't really believe that I'm here. It's weird to have loved a country from afar for so long and to finally be here. It's weird that I know so much about this city and…