I hope you’re a regular visitor to our little corner of the internets. The Aclipse blog offers near daily and definitely awesome tidbits of expat adventures in South Korea. This site’s not only a great source for potential teachers to see what life in Korea is really like on a daily basis, it’s a roadmap for innumerable weekend adventures for those already living in the ROK. What kills me is that great posts by our resident bloggers are lost to the depths of our long archives after a week on the first page. So to give them a little more life, I decided to take a few of my favorite posts from the past month and feature them here a bit. Do click on the links and enjoy.
Our January 19th post features one of Zannah Smreker’s Seoul destination highlights that she’s so good at. In this particular one, she stumbles upon the Seoul Folk Flea Market. After reading the post and seeing the vibrant pictures, you’ll shove the market to the top of your to-see list.
Zannah describes what makes the market so interesting. “If you take a Goodwill thrift store and mix it with equal parts antique shop and estate sale, then throw in a pinch of distinctly Asian flair, you've got the Seoul Folk Flea Market.” In this blog, Zannah does a great job of describing the feeling you’ll experience as you meander through the apparent mounds of goods. “Aside from the obviously ancient antiques, looking through most of the booths was like a bizarre time warp through the past 50 years. … The entire building is just steeped in nostalgia, making any attempt to shop with purpose nearly impossible due to the overwhelming desire to just carefully look at everything.”
Cindy Ung reflects back on a few years of life in South Korea as she prepares to leave it behind. The longtime Aclipse blogger mentions amazing Korean food with endearing honesty. “I put on a TON of weight, literally 25 pounds (12 kilograms) and that's because Korean food is amazing! The price, value, taste, and service you get here beats everything back in New York about ten fold.”
Cindy also touches on the indelible relationships one inevitably builds in the good ol’ ROK. “The friendships and bonds that I have made here is something that I am definitely not ready to leave. ...I have met so many great people here, locals and foreigners, that it makes leaving this life difficult.” Finally she ends with thoughts of a return. “Korea has been the place where I have started and fulfilled most of my bucket checklist before I die. … I just might come back one day!”
Ariel Rosen claimed she was not “much of a chef at home,” in her January 27th post. What follows in the blog suggests otherwise. Ariel managed to fit four unique, Korean home cooking adventures into this one post. She describes her first mission, dukbokki (rice cake in a red sauce) as “a true DIY in three easy steps.” Ariel does a great job of making this dish look like a good first attempt at Korean home-cooking for beginners.
After discussing how to make ketchup fried rice, she briefly outlines her time making kimchi mac and cheese! The pictures included with the blog are tantalizing. I know what I’ll be trying my hand at next. Ariel didn’t stop there, however. She ended by baking chocolate chip cookies. So hungry!
Currently residing an hour outside of Seoul, South Korea, Sergio Cabaruvias is doing his utmost not to appear lost or confused. So far, he’s managed. After graduating with degrees in English and journalism and after working with underprivileged youth, Serg embarked from Southern California for Pyeongtaek, South Korea to gain experience as an amateur adventurer. Since arriving he has swung on vines in the jungles of Taiwan, scaled mountains in the rocky city of Busan, driven a scooter along the edge of a massive, marble gorge, and explored some of Tokyo’s seedier areas. Moving to South Korea has been the best decision of his life.