Welcome to Saipan

“Do we have typhoon-proof windows?” I paused. Is that what they’re called? Typhoon-proof? Is that a thing? I leaned my head around the white concrete corner of my office to ask Whit. The winds howled. The palm tree in our front yard leaned toward us, bowing after its surprise performance. The sea raged in the…

American Expat Taxes (and the best way to file them)

I’ve been telling my children for years that they are not American. (I have to remind them frequently that they’re not actually Korean, though they think they are). “You are citizens of the world,” I say. My oldest, 7, has already learned to roll his eyes. I continue to remind him anyway. However, every year…

Family hiking in the Korean mountains

  We’re going to the beach! We’re going to the market! We’re going to ride a train! Poppy was confused on where actually we were going on this weekend trip since we’ve taken so many recently. But I reminded her again. Oh, right! We’re going to the MOUNTAIN!!!! We’ve recently discovered a newfound desire to…

Say Kimchi! Gimjang, a Korean winter tradition

When I think of winter, I think of snow blanketing the ground (or dreams of snow blanketing the ground). I think of decorating the Christmas tree, hanging wreaths around the house and on the front door, traipsing around the house with strands of garland and lights. But here in Korea, as often is the case,…

Review: Trick or Trompe at Seoul’s Trickeye Museum

Dance on the beach with the woman in the red dress in Jack Vettriano’s Singing Butler. Climb a tall bamboo with a panda bear. Ride a bicycle through the clouds. Or ride a unicorn through the blue waves. This is just a sampling of the cheeky fun available at Seoul’s Trickeye Museum, a place where art and…

Dear America, a dispatch from abroad

I am a foreigner. And I was with Her. Many of us are – we’re just one of 8 million American expatriate citizens dotted across the globe. We have a strange relationship with America. It is our homeland, where we vote, where we visit family, and, sometimes, even where we vacation. But my true home is…

10 Cool Biking Parents Reinventing the Wheel

A big thanks to Red Tricycle for featuring us as “Wheely Cool” parents who bike with their kids. If you can imagine jetting off with your partner-in-crime to a country halfway across the world, and then raising two kids as avid bikers while exploring a foreign culture halfway across the world, then you’ve got a good…

I am Expat (And So Can You!)

By Lindsay Nash “But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are…

Korea changes its postal codes

For all you online shoppers out there in Korea, this is an important announcement! The Korean postal service adopted a 5-digit postal code for all Korean addresses, effective since August 1, 2015. If you like to shop on Amazon or iHerb like I do, you’ll need to know your code to continue receiving packages at your…

The inevitable pull of Taekwondo

Finn started his first taekwondo class last week. He was nervous about it, but once his best friend Abby signed up, he was ready to go. Especially since that meant a really cool white uniform and a class with bigger kids who doted on him the entire time. 6 fun facts about Taekwondo: Taekwondo is…