Prior to moving abroad to teach English in Korea, one of my concerns was about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. At home, I enjoyed regularly exercising at a gym and have done so for years. Coming to Korea, I was apprehensive about whether or not I would be able to access an athletic center, and how my body would, inevitably change. I have been pleasantly surprised at how simple it has been to exercise regularly and stay active. I'm going to share some of my experiences so far related to health and fitness living in Seoul.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
When I told my friends and family that I was moving to teach in South Korea, often their first question was, “Wait, why are you going there? and the second question typically asked was, “Are you living in Seoul?” For most people outside of this country, Seoul is the only city that comes to mind. If you have more worldly and cultured friends, then possibly they might have heard of Busan as well, but beyond that South Korea is by and large a geographical mystery to most. Well, I am here, as the eloquent Young Jeezy would say, “put on for my city”, which does not get nearly the respect or acknowledgment that it deserves. Friends, allow me to introduce you to Daejeon, the nerdy younger brother of Seoul that is desperately craving your attention. While Daejeon may not have the big city credentials of its beach brother to the southeast or its cosmopolitan cousin to the north, here are three reasons why I love my Korean home city.Read More
When you arrive to teach English in Korea, it will be obvious that this country is in love with green tea. From green tea lattes, to green tea ice-cream and green tea itself, they are in love with it. Admittedly, when I first arrived, as much as I like green tea, as a drink, I was not a fan of it in cake or ice-cream. Well, almost two years later, how things have changed. I love it. In fact I cannot get enough of it, and since green tea is good for you, I do not feel as guilty when eating green tea cake or ice-cream.Read More
My three years teaching in Korea were, to put it simply, amazing. My return to the States in November has made me reflect on my time in Korea, analyzing and reminiscing about every facet of my expat life. As a way to neatly conclude my blogging duties here, I'll be posting a three part series on these reflections. This first part is inspired by my recent posts about my favorite adventures of 2014, opening that topic up even more to become a list of my all-time favorite activities to do in Korea during my three years of living and teaching there -- ones that you absolutely cannot miss during your time abroad...Read More
This year has been one of the busiest years that I have had in a long time. Since I’ve been living and working in Korea for over the past 3 years, there have been so many adventures in both teaching and traveling that I have been lucky to take part in. With 2014 wrapping up, it seems best that I go ahead and share my favorite blogs that I’ve written!
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Now that the autumn season is quickly passing us by, I thought it was best to share my last experience hiking in South Korea for this year. Usually when I go hiking, I like to stay near the Seoul area but this time a couple of teachers and I decided to go hiking near Daejeon. Daejeon is the fifth largest city in South Korea and is known as the ‘Silicon Valley’ of South Korea. Here, you can find KAIST (Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) University where many of my students aspire to attend. On a side note, KAIST is one of the top universities on the Korean peninsula.
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3 Difficult Mountains to Climb in Seoul
One thing that I really love about living in Korea is the history that's simply everywhere. With Korea's rapid modernization, fancy cities have sprung up around old structures, creating a really interesting contrast of the new against the historical. One of the coolest examples of this is Suwon's Hwaseong Fortress. It's right outside of Seoul, easily accessible via the subway, making it an excellent daytrip that you should check out this summer!
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If you have been around Korea for a while and have the determination to wake up early in the morning, you may have noticed the many Koreans on the subway with their hiking gear on. Hiking and mountain climbing are some of Korea’s favorite pastimes. When I first came to Korea, I was overweight and didn’t have a lot of money for a gym membership. A really good friend of mine said we should hike together. I was dreading exercise, but I was so happy with my decision to do it. I got so into hiking, I lost about 15 kilograms (33 lbs.) over five months. Instead of staying in and working out at the gym, one day a week I do my best to get outdoors and do some hiking. These are my top 3 mountains to climb if you are a novice like how I was.
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