Disgust, anger, acceptance, and appreciation. That’s pretty much how my emotions evolved over the course of my lunch today. I mean, I ate dog meat. Never (like ever…ever….EVER) did I think I would eat dog meat in Korea (or anywhere). In fact, I was pretty disgusted at the whole idea before I came here and had been told that people don’t really eat dog in Korea anymore. I was informed that “eating dog in Korea is outdated and no one really does it now.” It’s…Continue Reading “Today I ate dog meat….(please read before you judge me!)”
I’ve heard a lot about a popular dish in Korea called nakji from my friends here, but until yesterday I had yet to try it! Basically, nakji is a small octopus and it’s served in many different ways (including live). See below for a video of what was served up in front of me for lunch yesterday afternoon. Luckily, this thing was actually thrown into a seafood stew and boiled before we ate…..delissshhhh!!!!!
This week I added two wonderful new students to my advanced class, a teenage brother and sister combo who are from Korea but study in The Philippines; they come back to Korea for two months every year (in April and May during their yearly break from school). I’m ashamed to say that I cannot remember their names right now but trust me, it’s not because I don’t try. I get new students every week in some of my classes so it’s tough to always keep…Continue Reading “Chocolate from The Philippines….and Mangoes too?”
There are definitely some funny Holidays in South Korea. One of my new favorites is “Black Day,” which I just celebrated a couple days ago. April 14th is a South Korean informal tradition for single people to get together and eat jajangmyeon (noodles with black bean sauce). Since I don’t have a girlfriend, I headed out with a couple buddies the other night we celebrated together. Korea is a pretty romantic country and everyone likes to be coupled up. Korea has more holidays related to couples than you can imagine. It seems like every month…Continue Reading “Black Day(블랙데이)”
One of the most unique things about Korea (to me) is that the people I meet here all have dreams, goals, etc. and they aren’t afraid to tell you about them. Every single one of my students/friends is working towards something and it’s cool to be surrounded by such motivated people on a daily basis. In any case, I’m really proud of the friends that I’ve made here in Korea and I love talking about them to anyone back home who will listen. Recently, I…Continue Reading “I’ve got cool friends in Korea”
After my time in Korea is through, I know I am going to look back at these posts with nostalgia and miss this part of my life. One of my students took a picture of me in class the other day when I was messing around and left the sweetest message on Facebook as a caption. This is the kind of stuff that reinvigorates me on a daily basis and reminds me as to what I am doing here…. Now, let me introduce this guy!!…Continue Reading “Just clowning in K Land”
Every now and again when I speak with people back home, I get a question or two about North Korea. Usually a joke is made about my “crazy” Northern neighbor and I usually try to steer the conversation onto something else. North Korea is so misunderstood by the majority of people in the rest of the world that it’s not worth talking about the subject unless one has truly taken the time to understand the many variables involved with this conflict (myself included). Today while…Continue Reading “North Korea….a personal history”
Last week I found out that one of my students (and friends) has a blog too! Segyeong’s blog is in Korean so I’m guessing whoever reads this post won’t be able to understand it, but you can definitely take a look at some of the amazing paintings that she’s completed recently. Her artwork is legit. See some samples below. Segyeong, you rock. Keep it up! Segyeong’s blog, click here!
I’ve been in Korea for almost six months now and I’ve studied the language pretty intensely (though, admittedly I haven’t put in a good enough effort—coming up on the second half of my time here, my goal is to crank things up a notch). I still have a ways to go, but I have reached a point in my ability to speak Korean that I never imagined possible. It feels amazing to be able to walk around and not just pronounce words anymore, but actually…Continue Reading “Language Breakthroughs”
Wow. Lots and lots of catching up to do, but I’ll start with Seollal. Seollal marks the first day of the lunar calendar and it is the most important of the traditional Korean holidays. A good friend (and student) of mine, Changmin invited me over to his family’s house to celebrate Seollal in true Korean fashion. Changmin’s family welcomed me with open arms and we had a great time celebrating together. On Saturday night I spent the evening with Changmin grilling up some beef for the…Continue Reading “Seollal 설날”