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So, do you think I... ?

So, do you think I… ?

Sweating like usual. “I recently read an article about a guy–I don’t know if he’s from the United States or England–but he invented a lotion that you can use instead of showering,” My co-teacher mentioned. We were chatting in English while the students copied a huge chunk of text off the white board. “Interesting…” “I...
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...
In Mongolia, don't be scared of shit.

In Mongolia, don’t be scared of shit.

Even though you’ll find yourself in a number of shitty situations. And yes, that is meant to be taken literally. I recently traveled to Mongolia for a couple weeks. I spent the majority of my time in the countryside, bumping along dirt roads and journeying to pristine lakes in northern Mongolia, and later staying with...
Booked: sipping whisky and mingling with men at a Korean booking club

Booked: sipping whisky and mingling with men at a Korean booking club

In the entryway, we approached a man wearing a black suit, waiting patiently behind a hostess stand. “Jeongbin,” my friend said briskly, referring to our waiter. We followed him through double doors into a dimly-lit club filled with rows of private rooms and an area filled with square tables and plush cushioned seats. Wearing sheer black...
My sick, sad obsession with my blog stats

My sick, sad obsession with my blog stats

For the past several months, I’ve been obsessively checking my blog stats. You know how you’ll subconsciously type an “F” into your browser, and after ten minutes of weaving through whiny status updates and photos of babies, you realize that you’re on your previous boss’ friend’s kid’s Facebook profile page? Then you realize, why the...
A broken air conditioner and an ajumma in charge

A broken air conditioner and an ajumma in charge

My middle-aged, ajumma Korean landlord has more energy than the girls who promote sales at beauty shops in Myeongdong, bouncing up and down in knee socks and repeatedly shouting the same phrase into a microphone for hours on end. She is never in my building, so she comes to my school once every three months...
That time the Thai masseuse tried to take advantage of my boyfriend...while I was next to him

That time the Thai masseuse tried to take advantage of my boyfriend…while I was next to him

I was studying as an exchange student in Korea when my boyfriend at the time and I decided to jaunt through Thailand for three weeks over our summer vacation. For our last remaining days, we were back in Bangkok, debating on what we should do during the day. “Hey, why don’t we get another massage?”...
Solo Daecheop: a flash-mob style blind date for the singles in Seoul

Solo Daecheop: a flash-mob style blind date for the singles in Seoul

In South Korea, Christmas is a romantic holiday, rather than a family or religious celebration. Couples spend the day flaunting their status in matching sweaters and reindeer horn headbands, making dinner reservations for two, and raising the armrest between their seats at the movie theater. In order for singles not to feel quite so lonely...

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