Learning how to paraglide in Korea

Learning how to paraglide in Korea

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

For the past year and a half, I’ve wanted to go paragliding. I signed up for two trips at separate times, with romantic visions of myself floating over Korea’s mountainous terrain, but unfortunately, due to the¬†finicky nature of the sport, both trips were canceled because the wind velocity was not quite perfect. Luckily, I seized […]

Spring festivals in Korea: the Jindo Sea Parting and Butterflies

Spring festivals in Korea: the Jindo Sea Parting and Butterflies

Posted by on May 1, 2013 | 4 Comments

Last weekend, I walked across a parted sea wearing thigh-high rubber boots, chewed on wiggling octopus tentacles, and saw a baby wild boar poop on a guy’s t-shirt–all within 24 hours. With Adventure Korea, a budget travel company catered to foreigners, I traveled to Jeollanam-do, Korea’s southwestern province, to attend two annual spring festivals. On […]

Biking around Upo Wetland, strawberry picking, and experiencing my own funeral

Biking around Upo Wetland, strawberry picking, and experiencing my own funeral

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 | 6 Comments

Last Saturday, I embarked on a weekend trip to the southeast province of Gyeongsangnam-do to bike around a famous wetland, mingle with other travelers and teachers, pick fresh strawberries and visit a festival celebrating the Daegaya Kingdom. Once again, I traveled with Adventure Korea, a well-established tour company catered to foreigners and travelers in Korea. […]

4 memoirs portraying the realities of present-day North Korea

4 memoirs portraying the realities of present-day North Korea

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 | 4 Comments

With North Korea flooding the news with “threats” and strange photos of Kim Jong-Eun bonding with Dennis Rodman, it’s hard not to think about what life is really like for our northern neighbors. We often hear about nuclear weapons, missile testings and famines, but throughout the past four years, I’ve been curious about what daily […]

Skiing in the Year of the Snake

Skiing in the Year of the Snake

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 | 5 Comments

Last weekend, Koreans celebrated Seollal, the Lunar New Year. On Monday, everyone officially turned one year older, and on top of an extra year for being in my mother’s womb, I’m now 27 years old in Korea. Damn. I think I’ll stick to my Western age of 25. Koreans welcomed the Year of the Snake […]

Ice Fishing in Hwacheon: embracing Korea’s sub-zero temperatures

Ice Fishing in Hwacheon: embracing Korea’s sub-zero temperatures

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 | 8 Comments

The stressful holidays have passed, and now it’s January and time to relax. In Korea, we are currently living in frigid, sub-zero temperatures. Everyday I bundle up in my thick winter coat and Uggs, which I refused to wear in the past because they are so hideous-looking, but now I wear them with pride. Sometimes […]