One of the unique things about the Korean workplace is that it is never just a workplace—it’s also your instant social group, whether you’re looking for a new social group or not. Now, I’m 22 years old, and a very recent college graduate with zero experience teaching and little chance of making teaching a career. […]
Not all discoveries involve sunshine. This week I found one of my favorite South Korean surprises inside a basement cafe—Bingsu, Korea’s version of, well, everything dessert-related. Shaved ice. Ice cream sundae. Fruit Parfait. Breakfast cereal. All in one bowl.
Jeju Island. For months I’ve been throwing the name around as “that island” off of South Korea where I will be living and teaching for the next twelve months, but on Monday I finally stepped off of a plane and into a breeze 60 miles from the nearest land. It is easy to measure the […]
Every morning the sun rises, and every evening the sun sets. Such is the basic assumption of human life on this planet. But today, I left that surety in LAX along with all my other assumptions. Today, I boarded an airplane and followed the sun to South Korea.
When most of us think about the places we want to explore, the list starts somewhere just over the equator or on the far side of the mid-ocean ridge. We want experiences that are exotic, new, unique. When I left for a semester in Kaikoura, New Zealand my junior year of college, I couldn’t wait […]
Almost as soon as our car left Vancouver in British Columbia, the road ahead of us rose into scenic blue mountains layered in snow fields. So far, everything was in its place. But as we drove northeast over the next nine hours, the mountains morphed into something different entirely. The smooth slopes slipped, roughed, cracked […]
So, you want to go on a road trip. Maybe you have a craving to know the land outside of your home area. Maybe you want to see if those lakes and rivers feel as delicious as they look. Maybe you’re like me—fresh out of school and restless to get on the road before life […]
It seems ironic to begin a travel blog from home, but I can’t think of a better spot to center future explorations than the place that taught me to explore. I write this sitting a few dozen feet from the high-tide line of the Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, California. The wind is insistent for […]