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…

How People Respond When I Say I’m Moving to Korea

I made my official decision to move to Korea during Thanksgiving break of last year. This came at the end of a long internal battle between the side of me that felt like I'd be cheating on my first true love, South America, and the other side of me that increasingly knew that Korea was…