It has been a few months since I moved on from my first English teaching assignment in South Korea. Since then, I have volunteered in Indonesia, traveled extensively through Mexico and Colombia, and started a graduate school program at Universidad EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia. I could not be happier with my current situation in life and I want the same for everyone else. None of what I am doing would be possible though if it weren’t for the fact that I first decided to take…Continue Reading “Teach English in Korea, Save $25,000 in One Year, and Change Your Life!”
My time in Korea has finally come to an end. The period of my life I have spent in this country has absolutely flown by and I am slowly trying to piece together where the last thirteen months have gone. This past Friday I enjoyed a wonderful going away celebration with my closest friends and students. In addition to my farewell bash, I have been saying numerous goodbyes and trying to tidy up every relationship that I have made before I leave the country. I…Continue Reading “At last….the day has come ㅠㅠㅠ”
Not everyone is as blessed as I am. I truly have some of the best friends in the world. Last week I had the great pleasure of hosting some of my favorite friends from college in Korea. I had a wonderful time blending old friends with new and really giving my USA buddies a good taste of Korea. I had a number of Korean friends help me plan the visit for my friends and we ended up having a ball. Over the week my USA…Continue Reading “The kids do Korea!”
I shot this video last October but just now found the clips to put it together. Anyway, better late than never! The Jinju Lantern Festival takes place every fall in Korea and is a must see for anyone who can get over to it. See a little bit more information on the festival below: Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival originates from the lantern lighting custom used during the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle of the Imjinwaeran War (Japanese invasion, 1592) as a military strategy to prevent Japanese troops…Continue Reading “Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival (진주 남강유등축제)”
Had a great time visiting Hwaeomsa the other day with a family that I have become very close with. Their little girl is ridiculously adorable. Hwaeomsa (Sino-Korean: hwa-eom-sa 華嚴寺, literally “Flower Garland Temple”) is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It is located on the slopes of Jiri-san, in Masan-myeon, Gurye County, in the province of Jeollanam-do, South Korea. It was constructed under the Silla dynasty in 544, burned down during the Seven Year War in the 1590s, and rebuilt thereafter.
Recently, the internet has gone crazy about an article published in the Wall Street Journal regarding an English teacher in Korea who makes $4 million a year. A link to the article can be found here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324635904578639780253571520.html. I wanted to comment on the aforementioned article a little bit on my blog to give people a better understanding about what the significance of this article really is (in my opinion, of course). Can you make a lot of money teaching English (or any subject) in Korea? Sure,…Continue Reading “$4 million a year…teaching English?”
I took a trip over to 비진도 (Bijin Island) this past weekend with a group of great people from an English study group that I participate in every Friday night and we had a great time. I highly recommend this island for anyone looking to escape some of the bigger crowds on the beaches in Korea. 비진도 (Bijin Island) is truly a unique and wonderful experience.
Last weekend I visited yet another place in Korea that I absolutely fell in love with. 비진도 (Bijin Island) has now climbed to the top of my list for hidden gems in Korea, and I’ll give you three reasons why you should consider visiting this place if you are travelling in Korea. 1.) Uniquely picturesque: 비진도 (Bijin Island) is located in the southwest sea of Korea, just a 40 minute ferry ride away from a bigger city called Tongyeong. Bijin Island is basically a small…Continue Reading “비진도 (Bijin Island)….better than the rest”
The other day I had the pleasure of trying yet another new dish in Korea that I had surprisingly not yet encountered. Nogari (노가리) is dried fish that is typically served as a side dish. From what I have been told this snack is best enjoyed with the traditional Korean alcohol, soju. There are a couple neighborhoods in Seoul where you can find the streets lined with places that serve this stuff. Nogari (노가리) is something that is probably not going to go over well…Continue Reading “Nogari (노가리)”
Here I go again, raving about the cafes in Korea. I cannot help it! It turns out, I am actually writing this post in one of my a favorite cafes in Masan right now. Lol. Anyway, the cafe culture in Korea is for real and there are many varieties you can choose from. Yesterday I had the unique opportunity of visiting a dog cafe. My friend had mentioned to me that there was a “pet cafe” in our city about a month ago but I…Continue Reading “Dog Cafes in Korea”