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,…

An Introverts Guide to Travel

An Introverts Guide to Travel Hello my name is Devon and I am an introvert. My Myers Briggs personality type is INFP which basically means I'm an idealist puddle of sensitive mush. I'm quite shy and not great at being in big groups of people or being the center of attention. And I've decided to make a career…

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…

Korean is Hard – 한국어 어려워

Korean is hard. I'm sure that doesn't come as a surprise to anyone, especially native English speakers. I've studied Spanish for a long time now and am plateauing comfortably at my high-intermediate level of being able to express everything at a very basic level but communicate almost nothing on a deeper level. Spanish is easy enough because…