The Thing About Vanity

It’s different here. Nor is this a jab at the choices that people are capable of making out of their own free will. It’s an acknowledgment that some norms aren’t norms for everyone. I mean, duh, but when faced with the reality of it, there’s still an Aha! Moment.

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10 American Misconceptions about South Korea

The American Misconceptions from Back Home After returning home from teaching in Korea for four years, I’ve fielded a few questions from friends and family.  I appreciate the honest questions and curiosity.  Unfortunately, this has not been my common experience when out mingling or in the workplace.  Once people learned I lived overseas, they were typically more interested in informing…

Seoul Zombie Walk 2013: The Undead Walk in a Big Circle

Across the world, cities host Zombie Walks where people dress up like zombies and . . . walk.  If you don’t understand why this concept is appealing, imagine that you are driving your car down the street and you stop at a red light.  As you wait, you do a double-take as you witness a…

Korea Burn 2013: One Step Forward, But One Foot Stuck in the Mud

Korea Burn 2013 was a disappointment this year.  With that said, it was still my favorite event of this year.  The problem for me was that 2012’s version of Korea Burn set the standards ridiculously high.  After experiencing such a wonderful event last year, I was foolish enough to think last year was the norm…