Few people out of all the world’s population have the privilege to travel…and exceptionally fewer choose to act on this opportunity or circumstance. My name is Linda Gaida and I'am from Spartanburg, South Carolina, and I graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. After the experiences I had during my undergrad years, traveling to different places in Europe, Asia, and South America, and witnessing varieties of opportunities available to people, I knew three things. First, I wanted to be valuable for others. Second, I wanted to be valuable for myself. And lastly, I wanted to travel or move. As a result I decided to pursue education.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
Although Korea saves you money in many areas, grocery shopping is not one of them. Buying fruit and vegetables in Korea can be really exorbitant and possibly on par with European prices. It’s probably because as foreigners we are craving all those delicious products from back home such as strawberries, cherries and walnuts. We are used to cooking with certain items and eating certain foods. One of the toughest parts of living in Asia is learning a whole new way of cooking and having to try new vegetables and fruits that seem foreign to us.
As I was preparing to move to Korea, I kept reading online that it was actually cheaper to eat at restaurants than it was to eat at home. This can definitely be true, but I still wanted to cook at home. It took me a while to fully suss out all of my grocery options without getting discouraged -- veggies and (especially) fruits can be significantly pricier here, as are things like ground beef. But, if you know how and where to shop, it's easy to find good deals and not break the bank while trying to cook at home.
Korean street food. Three words that will always, without a doubt, get my attention. As someone who's constantly hungry, the delicious options at the street food carts in Korea won me over instantly. Imagine my excitement, then, when a friend suggested stopping by Gwangjang Market in Seoul for dinner, telling me it offered basically every kind of street food imaginable...
One of the things I've learned about Korea is that Korea loves markets. While I think I've done a good job of exploring as many markets as I can in the past two years, I'm kicking myself for just now making it over to the Seoul Folk Flea Market. It's kind of amazing, offering a glimpse into the past with a slew of antiques and vintage items, and you should go check it out as soon as you can.
Imagine a warehouse with tiny booths packed so full of beads and yarn and fabrics they look ready to explode. Then imagine narrow little aisles sprawling out into an impossible maze. Multiply this by a thousand and put it into six floors of a building. Voila, you have Seoul's Dongdaemun Fabric and Craft Market. It's a total sensory overload of colors and textures and people, but for the crafty DIYer, it's basically heaven.
This past weekend, Osan hosted their monthly traditional market, so some fellow Chungdahm teachers and I went to check it out. Traditional markets are very common in Korea, and any length of time spent in this country needs to include a visit to a market. So what makes Osan's market so special that we traveled a couple hours to get there? Well, according to the great internet, it's been around for over 200 years. A mention of it exists in a publication from 1792 called Hwasong Kyolriji, proving it's been around for a very, very long time.
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To quote my favorite show, Girls, "You tend to over-think things and that's an issue for you." I do tend to over-think things, particularly when it comes to my creative endeavors. I paused for two years post-college contemplating the perfect writing platform and waiting for the proper 'experience' to come along that would prove to be blog worthy. Teaching and living in Korea helped me to realize that I could learn to write about anything anywhere and I could no longer wait around for perfect circumstances. I needed to write as much as possible and only then would I become a better writer.
Middle school exams are coming up and this gives English teachers in South Korea more time to explore.