I can’t believe how fast 12 months can go. One year ago, Asiana Flight 207 touched down at Incheon International Airport. Strapped down and channeling my inner pack mule, I emerged into the sticky summer air. I physically gasped for air as I mentally gasped for clarity. I had no idea where I would … Continue reading One Year Down
I spent the past week working with middle school students at Dongshim University in Naju. That is why I didn't post last week. I plan to post a piece of writing on the matter soon. In the meantime, however, enjoy some camp photos. I barely fit in this room. I can't imagine how two people … Continue reading Super Photo Corner – Naju Camp
Last year, I have fond memories of spending each and every weekend with friends. We would romp around Gwangju, take day trips to museums, explore countryside historical sites, immerse within a local festival, or simply enjoy a drink in Mokpo. I procrastinated on spending a weekend alone for nearly three months. However, these solo weekends … Continue reading Solo Weekend or Lonely Weekend?
“This was unforgettable.” This thought has flitted across my mind many times in the past year. I will likely remember many Korean adventures for as long as I live. However, one afternoon I had the pleasure of hearing this from one of my own students. Ascencio is currently in the third grade. I don’t teach … Continue reading Lunch With Ascencio
I recently signed my “intention-to-renew” paperwork, nearly sealing my fate for one more year at Namak High School. While I penned these papers not long ago, I happily resigned myself to renewal months earlier. Four months into my Korean experience I began weighing my blessings and my blights. Blessings won in blowout fashion. The scoreboard … Continue reading One More Year!
After beating the odds of seedy cab ride roulette, our next destination was the Naju Image Theme Park - a popular set for filming historical Korean movies and television shows. Potato and Sugar debated bus numbers and we searched for the right bus stop. "180?" "No, 160." "Are you sure? We could take 106." 106 … Continue reading Hampyeong and Naju Travel Troubles (Part Two)
After tough vacation-free March and April, a contract-sanctioned holiday arrived on May 1st Korean Labor Day. However, for some reason, only the foreign teachers had the day off. I don’t make the rules. I just follow them faithfully. One must maintain at least a modicum of contract compliance as a foreigner. I took up Sugar’s … Continue reading Hampyeong and Naju Travel Troubles (Part One)