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…

6 things I learned cycling across Korea

Even though we’ve been in Korea for almost a decade now, it seems like every year we find something new to love about the place. We are often reminded of why we came for a year but stayed for 10. Our recent family bike trip from Seoul to Daegu came with some new lessons and…

My Chuseok bike holiday from Seoul to Daegu

It’s now November 9th but my mind is still riding a bike in mid-October along Korea’s dedicated bike path from Seoul to our home in Gyeongsan. Since Korea’s Harvest Holiday, Chuseok, fell in such a way that the entire county got a 10 day holiday, we decided to take a bus up to Seoul and take a…

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…

A day at Guryongpo Beach

Yesterday, we set out in our car to Guryongpo Beach (구룡포해수욕장) in Pohang. An absolutely gorgeous day. Our drive was about as beautiful as the beach itself. We drove through Korea’s green mountains, passed green rice fields, and through a small village time has forgotten. The beach scene in Korea feels new, but that is…

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…