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…

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…

Wordless Wednesday

We’ve been quiet for a while. Family trips, bike trips, visitors. We’ve had a nice August. We’ll try to catch you up on our adventures this week and give you some travel tips. Biking on Bigeumdo.

Wordless Wednesday

Surprisingly, to me, he was found dressed most like the bottom right picture. Thug4Life.  I’ve been left speechless a few times this week. Especially by Yoo Byung-eun’s story. In case you missed it, he has been on the run since the Sewol ferry sunk due to his possible involvement. Here’s his Wanted poster posted at…

Falling in Love with Korean Food Again

By Whit Altizer It’d be hard to say that I had completely fallen out of love with Korean food, but ever since we moved back, it hasn’t tasted the same. Our first home in Jeollanamdo (southwestern province) is famous for its food and from what I understand the cuisine from our new home in Gyeongbuk (southeastern…

Food Truck Nostalgia

Today, I woke up to a message from a friend telling me that my old Korean taco food truck got some love in a local online publication. I read it and for the first time felt nostalgic for my brief food truck venture. I’ve tried to completely wipe the experience from my memory, but the…

Your Momma’s Radish Kimchi

I love kimchi. I especially love radish kimchi (깍두기). Thanks to Maangchi’s website now I can make some ajumma-grade kimchi at home. You should have no problem finding these ingredients at an Asian market in the west. Unfortunately, I ate it at my desk today in my office full of other foreign teachers. I’d venture…

Taegyo and toe sweat: This mother’s guide to learning Korean

As you may or may not know, we are now expecting baby No. 2 in our family–due to arrive in October. Pregnancy in Korea as a foreigner is nothing new to me–in fact, as an American expat, I know more about prenatal, birthing, and postnatal health in Korea than I do in America. And, despite…