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Sunset in Yeongwol

Wait – I’m Leaving Korea?

No matter how long I have to prepare for goodbyes, I am never ready. Jared and I, we got ready well in advance. Received our final pay packets, sorted our pension, closed our bank accounts, even got criminal record checks from the Korean police department in case we need them later. We gave my co-teacher […]

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Holistic medical supplies in Korea

When a Waegook Visits the Doctor in Korea

Six months ago, I was successfully vaccinated against Hepatitis A. At least partially. “Come back in six months,” Dr. Won told me. “For second shot.” Today, I returned. The waiting room was packed with old women and children. There were shoes strewn about the entryway, and nearly all of the slippers were in use. I […]

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Photo from the Gangwo-do Min Ilbo.

How to Win a Bike in Korea

The race was scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m., so Jared and I arrived at 7:30. We picked up our freebies: a t-shirt, number, and – my favorite – SLEEVES. Now we’ll fit right in at our next baseball game. Then – we waited. The race was only a 6km fun run, but we both […]

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Family Mart YW

Hanging out at the Family Mart

There’s a new watering hole across from our apartment building, so Jared and I went there last night to grab a beer after work. The prices are incredibly reasonable, and while food is available, you aren’t expected to buy any (as you usually are at Korean bars). We sat outside, on a pretty wooden balcony, […]

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The Things About Korea I Can’t Get Used To

There were a lot of things that I had to get used to about Korean culture. A lot. After two years, most of those things don’t seem weird anymore. I can get behind the bowing as a form of greeting. I’ve found ways to avoid the terrible local beer. These days, it doesn’t even faze […]

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Keeping the Carrot at Bay

  I have a new theory that most people – but not all – have at least one Big Thing they want to accomplish in this life. The kind of Thing that if you didn’t do, you’d find yourself lying on your deathbed going, “Why the hell didn’t I do that?” It’s the carrot dangling […]

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