My chip is your chip

Since, unfortunately, we cannot have all of you back home over for dinner or drinks to our home in Korea, we welcome you to the virtual version of our apartment. We also formally invite you all to visit. Seriously. We love visitors!! So, yes, this little project inspired me to clean the apartment this afternoon….

Returning to the regular

It’s funny how many of the small things in Korea that I had forgotten about in our five-month sabbatical in the states. Here are a few small things that I was excited about in the past day or two: Randomly-placed exercise equipment on the trails. Whit and I now live about 10 strides away from…

The Dirty South-Take Two

Saturday night Lindsay, my little sister Becca and I took in the Drive-By Truckers show at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh days before Lindsay and I head back to Korea for the second time. The last time we saw the Truckers we were heading out for our first year and first look ever of Asia. …

목포 Mokpo by the sea

A reader just asked us about Mokpo, so I thought I’d share a little bit of information about this charming little city by the sea.Whit and I mostly used it as a jumping-off point to the many islands sprinkled away from it, all accessible by quick (or slower-paced open-air, my favorite) ferry.But Mokpo, with a…

So long Black Mountain….again

Coming back to the warm embrace of Black Mountain was something that I dreamed about more than once my first year in Korea. To run those mountain trails, drink microbrews at the local brewery, eat at my favorite burrito shop and laugh with some old friends seemed like a world and a lifetime away. But…

My life in a suitcase

Whit and I are getting excited about our imminent return to Gwangju, South Korea. After being home for about six months, we are aching to get back out into this big ol’ world. We bought a new suitcase at TJ Maxx the other day. A really large one. Last time we moved to Korea we…

Consulates are like snowflakes

As Whit and I prepare to make our grand return to Korea (year 3: here we come!) I have been learning a lot about consulates. Especially as I help a lot of other people come to Korea through the recruiting biz. I always tell people I learn something new every week. And this week, it’s…

Korean Health Care

Living as a healthy, childless, young American under the Korean healthcare system is nothing short of magical. It’s cheap, accessible and from all of my experiences good. Koreans also seem to be mostly pleased with their nationally run health care. We found that we more often used the medical system because it was cheap.  Also…

Bringing your pet to Korea

Among the many reasons people don’t allow themselves the adventure of teaching in Korea is: “I have a dog and/or cat.”  No problem!  Bring them along! Four-legged furry pets are becoming a common sight around Korea these days. Mostly you see tiny white dogs with dyed green ears and maybe a bow in its hair being…

Top 10 Korean experiences of 2009

Another list. What did I tell ya? I love ’em! #1. Riding in the back of a Bongo truck around Bigeumdo (island). A big group of us had gone camping on our favorite island and befriended some fun Koreans, one of which offered to drive us around the island in his dad’s Bongo the next…