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

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

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 | No Comments

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 […]

고장 난 에어콘 하고 우리 집주인: writing stories in Korean

고장 난 에어콘 하고 우리 집주인: writing stories in Korean

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 | 7 Comments

Three months ago, I began studying Korean full-time. Although my emotions constantly swerve along a spectrum of elation to agitation, I’ve surprised myself with my progression. Sure, I still make lots and lots of stupid mistakes, I frequently struggle to find the right words in conversations, and my vocabulary is very limited, but thanks to Geumgang […]