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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...
My Grandmother and her House on Robie Street

My Grandmother and her House on Robie Street

My grandmother’s house on Robie Street was like my second home growing up. I spent countless hours sitting around the dining room table, inhaling the fresh aroma of pasta sauce and listening to soft, slightly scratchy tunes from the 1940s on the radio. Sometimes Grammie and I would sit next to the wood stove. I’d...
Christmas in July...or a night out in rural Maine

Christmas in July…or a night out in rural Maine

Thursday night. It begins like other thrilling nights out in rural Maine–with my mom dropping me off at a dive bar. I’m in no position to walk into that bar sober–especially since my mom is driving me–so I chug a glass of wine before hopping in the passenger’s seat. Even so, I feel like I’m...
My ever-growing attraction to Asian men, and how the US prevented it from happening earlier

My ever-growing attraction to Asian men, and how the US prevented it from happening earlier

How can you NOT find these washboard abs irresistible?    “Sarah you’re definitely going to have a Korean boyfriend when you move to Seoul,” my Korea-American friend would tease me back in 2009, as I was preparing for my semester abroad. “No way,” I would respond, laughing. “I’m not attracted to Asian guys.” How wrong was...
Dueji and 'Diet' stamps: the importance of weight in Korea vs. the United States

Dueji and ‘Diet’ stamps: the importance of weight in Korea vs. the United States

“What did you do last weekend?” I asked my class of 24 twelve year-old students. “I played with these two pigs!” shouted one of the skinny boys, referring to two of his friends. His friend turned around and slapped him playfully on the head. Later in the day, I was playing a Powerpoint game with...
Remembering life as an art student in Brooklyn, NY

Remembering life as an art student in Brooklyn, NY

“Okay everyone, repeat: When did you go to New York?” “When did you go to New York?” my class of 30 Korean students chimed, looking at the title of chapter 13. I then clicked on an animation where a blond character named Jenny skypes with her friend Jimin, and tells her about visiting the Statue...
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...
Documenting desolation in Lubec, Maine

Documenting desolation in Lubec, Maine

West Quoddy Head in Lubec, Maine marks the most eastern point in the United States. (West Quoddy Head Lighthouse is shown above.) The warm summer months and famous Maine landmarks draw visitors to Lubec each year. In the fall of 2010, before I moved to Korea, my mom, grandmother and I took a trip Downeast....

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