Dispatches From Korea: September

After the summer of 2016, I didn’t think my life could get much crazier, but September, my first month in Korea, easily destroyed that assumption. Here is a brief summary of what I did in September divided into food, outings and highlights. I should probably also note that I worked full time, but you wouldn’t know it looking at these lists.

Food

-Tried about 100 types of kimchi (a spicy vegetable side dish most often made with cabbage or radish).

Kimchi, Seoul, South Korea

– Discovered how delicious and affordable school lunches are (about $3 a day). I tweeted pictures to the USDA to shame them into improving the horrendous lunches in America. They never responded.

-Sampled all sorts of Korean street food: tteokbokki (rice cakes in a spicy sauce), pajeon (fried vegetable pancakes), odeng (fishcake skewers).

-Became a pro at cooking samgypsal. No I’m totally lying, the waitresses won’t let this waygook* anywhere near the grill.

-Devoured bingu three times.

-Had my first (of many)Korean bread oopsie. The bread was filled with cream (why Korea, why?).

Outings

-Went to Seoul for the first time to see friends from France Thibault and Jiyoon.

-Visited two palaces (Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung).

-Traveled to Sokcho, a town in Gangwon Province about two hours away from my town. It’s popular because it’s not labeled on maps of Korea as a way of tricking the North Koreans. Because of that, it was the first and only city to have Pokeman Go! for a while. No, I don’t play.

-Met up with friends from orientation in Seoul for the Chuseok holiday (Korean Thanksgiving). Our four day visit consisted of waiting in line at Lotte World, arguing about what to eat and completing an escape room. Despite all the hiccups it was a fun long weekend.

No resemblance to Disney World at all. Lotte World, Seoul

-Admired the beautiful lanterns at the Wonju Paper Festival with Julie.

Highlights

-Dancing on stage all night at a nightclub in Seoul. Thanks waygook power!

Right after watching this…

-Welcoming Julie for a three week visit.

Not impressed? Terrified?

-Turning 25 and realizing it was already my third birthday abroad *cue quarter-life crisis.*

*foreigner

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Life Update: Summer 2016

This is the post I had originally intended to write to break my blogging hiatus, but when I sat down to write it, something completely different came out of my keystrokes. I think that’s one of the most amazing aspects of writing; the fact that it can take you to places that you hadn’t intended to go or it can open new horizons that were blocked from you daily mindset. But I digress.

In my last post, I discussed my past, present and future mindsets regarding this blog. I enjoy writing reflective pieces like that, but I know the internet and the average blog reader don’t prioritize cerebral posts. People want facts, updates and juicy details. And in less than 20 words a sentence please! So here it is internet, a summary of my life these past months. This post will cover the summer of 2016 (July and August). I’m only covering two months because it was crazy-busy. Continue reading “Life Update: Summer 2016”

A Change of Perspective

I’m going to warn you upfront that this is a reflective post (that’s why it’s tagged in the reflections category, duh). Usually I don’t like to get too personal online, or too deep, because I know y’all come here for a taste of my biting wit, but I’ve felt compelled to write this post about changing my perspective.

Why do I feel the need to write about perspective? I’m not 100% sure. Maybe I’ve spent too long ruminating about all my problems and I’ve reached a breaking point. Maybe it was the attacks in Paris two weeks ago that violently reminded me how fleeting life can be. Maybe because yesterday was Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s all three; may it’s none of these.

Regardless of the reason, I reached a point recently where I seriously needed to evaluate my life. Not in the sense of “what am I going to do with my life?,” but rather, why do I spend so much of my time brooding? Why is my perspective on life so negative all the time? Continue reading “A Change of Perspective”