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…

The Line That Divides Us

By Whit Altizer On Tuesday, the Koreas held a meeting at a infamous resort in North Korea for families separated by the Korean war. For some, this meant seeing faces and hugging people they haven’t seen in 65 years. Brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, sons and daughters laying eyes on each other for the first time…

Who Wrote Your History Book?

By Whit Altizer I’m finally putting my master’s degree to work this year teaching American history to international university students in Korea. I love it. I have Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and even an American student. They are active, engaged and ask interesting questions. This class has made teaching in Korea even more of a joy….

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…

A Taste of Korean Hospitality

By Whit Altizer Biking through the Korean countryside always makes me fall more fiercely in love with this country. The masses of people, the identical apartment blocks, and the breakneck pace of the city often feels inescapable. But take a step just outside the clamor of the city and you’re hit hard with a different side…

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…

Explore Korea by bike… with KIDS!

By Lindsay Nash Thanksgiving usually means sitting around a table and stuffing yourself with turkey and all the fixings. In Korea, on their Thanksgiving known as Chuseok, most Koreans are doing the same. Well, if you substitute the turkey for songpyeon and the dry red wine for clear strong soju. But we’re expats here in South…

7 Reasons why your family should travel in Asia

By Lindsay Nash 1. It’s kid-friendly! From its restaurants to shops to sacred temples and luxurious hotels, Asia wants to visit with your children. The it-takes-a-village-to-raise-a-child tenet reigns superior across the continent and your child will immediately be welcomed with open (and often outreached) arms. I can’t tell you how many times I looked at…

The Importance of Looking Forward

By Whit Altizer I had the pleasure of teaching American History this semester to Korean, Taiwanese and Chinese students. Like all American history surveys, we studied from the beginning to Reconstruction in a whirlwind. It had been a while since I really thought about American history and I had never studied it from the perspective…