Daily Life: Korea

Zombie Preparedness

Zombie Preparedness

Asia would totally win the Zombie Apocalypse.

Changes

Changes

Yesterday, I saw three separate women in tank tops. I can only assume the world is ending. Bare shoulders are unheard of in Chungju. When we first arrived in Korea, our liaison with the Office of Education pulled the new women teachers aside to vet […]

Cultural Norms

Cultural Norms

Erin and I were hanging out in Gangnam when we spied a scene that left me thunderstruck.

Masks, MERS and Urban Legends

Masks, MERS and Urban Legends

MERS has been the big news story this summer, and much of Korea is walking around in surgical masks.

The good, the bad, and the seedy

The good, the bad, and the seedy

Love motels have a reputation in South Korea. And it’s not the one you’d expect.

Baby Names

Baby Names

Most Koreans don’t name their own kids. They ask a complete stranger to do it for them.

We’re Moving Again

We’re Moving Again

We’ve spent most of the last three years in Korea. In a few short months, we’re moving. Hopefully we can plan things better than last time. But even with the luxury of foresight, it’s a strange thing to uproot, to know that a few months […]

Korean Cinema

Korean Cinema

We missed last week. Sorry about that. We were trying to research a topic and it proved challenging. Mainly because it is difficult sometimes to find English subtitles. Yes, we want to talk about movies. Specifically Korean movies. Now obviously, this is a tricky subject. […]

Walking to Work

Walking to Work

Another cluster of high schoolers sees me coming and crosses to the other side of the street. It’s hard not to take this personally. Maybe they just don’t like my haircut. It is a terrible haircut. I look like a sheep caught in a lawnmower. […]

Safety

Safety

So THIS happened not too long ago. And since it was a fairly violent attack, full of bloody photos and breathless descriptions, we thought it might be a good idea to address an issue that is pretty important for travelers anticipating a trip to South […]