It seems to be a right of passage that when a new teacher joins my team at ChungDahm, within the first semester we as a group must all experience Hongdae together. Hongdae, located in Eastern Seoul, is one of the most popular areas for expats and university students alike. Located in front of Hongik University (Green subway line #2), it’s the perfect place to spend both the day and night. Here are some of my top suggestions to do while you are there.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
It’s been ten months since I’ve been teaching English in Korea now. One of the difficult things I had to get use to was teaching six hours straight with five minute breaks in between. It isn’t that the job is too stressful or tiring, it’s the fact that I have to teach through dinner time. I’m the kind of person who makes sure I eat all my meals in one day. So, when my stomach doesn’t get its dinner when it’s dinner time, it gets really loud and hungry. Being a slow eater, five minute break each hour is definitely not enough time to get my dinner in.
I have heard certain branches give up to 15 minutes break in between classes and even provide dinner. Unfortunately, my branch is not one of those. Fortunately, I have learned to snack every hour to tame my stomach. I don’t recommend snacking on chips or junk food because it will definitely catch up to you, health wise. Here’s a list of my favorite “not so bad for your health” snacks that’s available at nearly every convenience store and bakery in Korea, which by the way. is on almost every corner as well.
- Triangle Kim Bab or Kim Bab: Simply put, this is a snack that has vegetables and/or meat with rice wrapped with seaweed. The price is good too! Expect to pay only anywhere between 700 won to 1,200 won (70 cents to $1). Personally, two of these will get me through six hours.
- Jar of Nuts: This is a great healthy alternative to eating junk food. Just recently, I bought a liter full of peanuts, pecans, macadamias, almonds, and cashews at Home Plus for 18,000 won. A bit pricey, but the jar will last you at least a month.
- Sandwiches & Salads: Around the corner from my branch is a Paris Baguette Bakery. Sometimes, right before work I’ll go there to buy some snacks for the day. My favorite is their breakfast sandwich, which has ham, egg, and cheese. Another favorite is their Caesar Salad with chicken. Expect to spend about 2,500 won to 6,000 won ($2.30 to $5.30) here.
I love to eat. While I would not consider myself a foodie, as a teacher in South Korea I am always excited to try new things. Yet, because of this, I am put in an interesting situation when it comes to our working hours. It should come as no surprise that we work different hours (I work till 10:30pm most nights) than what would be expected back home. I am here to offer a few tips on late night dining options.