What It’s Like Being Single In Korea

We swagger in black, congregate, and lament over noodles coated in a syrupy black sauce that is obviously meant to resemble the inner workings of the single person’s heart. Because why else would you be single unless your heart pumps tar?

How to Become A Licensed Teacher in Korea: TeacherReady

For a few grand, some online work, and few months student teaching, I was able to translate my four years of teaching ESL in Korea into a teaching career that could take me anywhere in the world. What Am I Doing With My Life? So, you decided to come to Korea for a year.  Maybe your…

4 of the Best Foods to Try While Traveling in Korea

Korean food is delicious. This cannot be debated. After traveling for 2 weeks in Korea, where I am researching and writing exclusive Korea travel articles for email subscribers, I have had amazing opportunities to taste this first hand. Although there are many delicious foods in Korea and I haven’t had a chance to try them…

Visiting the Place Where the Gwangju Uprising Started

Outside the gates of Chonnam University in Gwangju city, in a patch of overgrown grass, next to a silhouette of a person walking, is a photo of a mass of students holding signs at the gate and facing down paratroopers. The photo was taken on May 18, 1980. It was the start of the Gwangju…

KPop’s Lessons for The Western Music Industry

The Rise of an unlikely Kpop Fan I am one of KPop’s more unlikely fans. In the past my musical preferences cycled through heavy metal and grunge as an angst-y teen, classic rock during the hazy college years, and eventually found a comfort zone with alternative/indie rock mostly originating from the US and Europe. I…

Alternative Itineraries in Japan: Suicide, Sadism, & a Side of Sushi

It was that time of year again when many of the teachers pack up and leave Korea for adventure or relaxation. Peering through the tiny perforations along the ribs of the airborne capsule, what looks like pools of mercury can be seen from below mirroring the residue of the abating sun. I relish the ritual…

10 Reasons Why Hiking in Korea Differs from the Rest of the World

  Why Everyone Should Hike at Least Once in Korea I spent the first 25 years of my life in midwestern American states that were expansive, flat, and virtually devoid of any scenic value. As I turned 25, I got the opportunity to move to the significantly more interesting state of California – specifically if…

A Beginner’s Guide to Korean Politics

What are the Political Issues in South Korea? When living in the US I tried to mostly stay out of political discussions. This avoidance was not because I am devoid of political views, but more because I have found these arguments to be an unproductive recounting of points and counterpoints that have been thrown out…

The Foreigners are Melting: Why Koreans Sweat Less and Smell Better

It’s Summer in Korea:  Am I the Only One Withering? Over the past two summers, my brain bank has been accumulating what I believe is mounting evidence pointing towards the fact that Koreans do not perspire to any meaningful degree. Under scrutiny I would have to admit that virtually all of this evidence is purely…