From Korea to Colombia: an illustration of my cell phones

From Korea to Colombia: an illustration of my cell phones

When I was a child, my family had an old fashioned rotary phone connected to the wall by a curly cord. The numbers were arranged in a circle, and in order to call someone, you had to spin each one to a fixed stop position. I can still picture my mother, with her post-eighties perm, hurriedly twisting […]

2013 in Photos: Goodbye Korea, Hello Colombia, and some stops in between

2013 in Photos: Goodbye Korea, Hello Colombia, and some stops in between

Maybe it’s the tropical climate, or maybe all the shuffling around, but it’s hard to believe that Christmas is in a few days and we’re nearing the end of 2013. Also, I just realized that I’ve been blogging for two years, and I have published 200 entries. Insane! I spent a couple hours this morning reading […]

Monks Hitchhike and Nuns Use WhatsApp

Monks Hitchhike and Nuns Use WhatsApp

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Americas, Asia, Colombia, Korea, Narratives, Religion | One Comment

From the middle of the winding dirt road, we heard an engine roar in the distance. Bryan, the Canadian, and Sunnim, the Chinese monk from my Korean class, stopped in their tracks. “Was that the bus?” Bryan asked, with a wrinkle forming on his forehead. I sheepishly looked at Bryan, knowing it was my fault […]

A portrait of Sangweol Village

A portrait of Sangweol Village

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Asia, Korea, Living Abroad, Photography | 7 Comments

When I began studying at Geumgang University, a Buddhist university located in a village called Sangweol-myun, I experienced the sharp contrast between city and country life in Korea. As is evident in most countries, country life in Sangweol-myun is slower, many buildings are deteriorating, and the local buses are mostly comprised of elderly folk. (I […]

ㄱ through ㅎ: What I’ll miss about Korea

ㄱ through ㅎ: What I’ll miss about Korea

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Asia, Korea, Living Abroad, Musings | 4 Comments

It’s been awhile. My semester at GGU ended in June, so I packed my life into two bags and spent two weeks in Mongolia, living in yurts with nomadic families, drinking fermented mare milk, traveling by horse, and eating way too much goat meat. A few days ago, after a 14-hour flight to New York […]

Faces of Geumgang University’s Korean language program

Faces of Geumgang University’s Korean language program

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Asia, Korea, Photography | 13 Comments

My semester at Geumgang University has officially ended. I took my (mock) TOPIK test yesterday, and today was our graduation. We dressed up and filed into a conference room and sat in swivel chairs around a lacquered table. We listened to a short speech from the president and from one person from each country who […]

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