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For expats and travelers: the e-book vs. real book debate

For expats and travelers: the e-book vs. real book debate

Since I’ve been roaming beyond US borders without a permanent residency for the past few years, I have several paperbacks, journals, and big, beautiful art books gathering dust on a bookshelf in my parents’ house. I love these books, but I’m a minimalist. Fascinated by the thought of storing unfathomable amounts of text on a single...
Costeño Slang: 10 words and phrases

Costeño Slang: 10 words and phrases

I arrived in Barranquilla, Colombia eleven days ago. I’ve already moved in with a host family and started Peace Corps training, including Spanish studies and teaching workshops, and throughout it all, I’ve only managed to get lost once. From Monday through Friday, we have eight hours of training a day–four hours of Spanish and four...
Guest Post: Jason's Tips for Living in Colombia

Guest Post: Jason’s Tips for Living in Colombia

It’s hard to imagine that I’ll be leaving Korea on Monday, traveling through Mongolia for a couple weeks, traipsing around the States for a month and a half, and at the end of August, moving to Colombia and beginning my Peace Corps service. Time flies, or as I’ve recently learned, 세월이 참 빠른 것 같아요....
How to get a scholarship to study Korean at Geumgang University

How to get a scholarship to study Korean at Geumgang University

Next semester, I’ll be leaving my cushy public school job, but I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to Korea. A couple months ago, I applied for a Spring 2013 scholarship to study Korean at Geumgang University, a Buddhist university, located between Nonsan and Daejeon in Chungcheongnam-do, Korea. Yesterday, I received word that I was accepted...
7 ways to learn Korean for free

7 ways to learn Korean for free

THIS IS FOR ALL YOU WAEGUKINS out there who’ve accidentally ordered a nose bleed (ko-pi) instead of a coffee (keo-pi), or tried to tell your Korean language partner your cat wanted to eat, but instead said you wanted to eat your cat. 1. Take advantage of online resources. Talk to me in Korean Pros: TTMIK has...
Where to see art in Portland, ME

Where to see art in Portland, ME

Photo: Swoon, a well-known contemporary street artist, adhered wheatpaste prints to the exterior of Space Gallery located on Congress St.  My newest service article titled, Where to see art in Portland, ME, was published on Matador Trips today. The Portland art scene is rather small, but there’s some innovative, inspiring work to be seen in...
Pimp your travel photos with Android: PUDDING CAMERA

Pimp your travel photos with Android: PUDDING CAMERA

Pudding camera is an Android camera app with eight different camera types and eight different types of film to alter your photographs. The camera types consist of: Basic, Snap, Panorama, Fantasy, Motion 2×2, Motion x4, Fisheye and Triplex. The film types consist of: Basic, Vintage Brown, Vintage Blue, Vignetting, Dazzle, Mono, Vivid, and Noir. You...
Seoul Expat Living: 6 ways to exercise and stay active

Seoul Expat Living: 6 ways to exercise and stay active

Despite the thrills of living in a new environment, making new friends, learning a foreign language and exploring a new culture, life as an expat is not always easy. At times you’ll experience culture shock, homesickness and loneliness. Trying new activities and keeping yourself busy is an effective way to combat these challenges abroad. In...

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