Moving to Korea

Culture Shock

Culture Shock

A few details on culture shock, with an addendum on how to get super cheap airfare in Korea.

Navigating the Intertubes in Korea

Navigating the Intertubes in Korea

Shipping problems, computer snafus, and other technological oddities in Korea.

Korean Dentistry

Korean Dentistry

Korean dentists have a reputation among foreigners, and it’s not exactly comforting. That’s the Waygook forum, a place for ESL teachers in Korea, and the thread on dentistry reads like a horror story. It’s full of drill-happy lunatics, a disturbing lack of anesthesia, and lots […]

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season

It starts with the little things. You catch your significant other humming Winter Wonderland, or fondling ornaments in the store. Perhaps you find a bit of eggnog in their cup, or that they’ve suddenly developed a taste for peppermints. Before you know it, their eyes […]

Crime

Crime

So, the other day Erin and I were in Seoul on one of our many “greasy breakfast” trips. We headed up to Itaewon, the foreigners’ district. It was early in the morning. The subway was mostly empty, and all the shops around the stations were […]

The Spiders Are Taking Over

The Spiders Are Taking Over

Life in Wisconsin will not prepare you for Korean bugs. This little beauty (“little” meaning 2 inches across) was perched in a bush near downtown Chungju. His web was part of a larger network that spanned ten feet of bushes. The bushes were about three […]

Learning the Lingo

Learning the Lingo

Erin doesn’t let me buy bus tickets. There’s a good reason for this—I can’t be trusted with Korean city names. It’s not really my fault, though. We live in Chungju. Most Americans (like me) instinctively pronounce the first “u” in Chungju like the “u” in “run.” […]

Regarding Recent Tensions

Regarding Recent Tensions

We’ve been getting some questions about our neighbor to the North. Specifically, “are you okay?” “when are you getting out of there?” and “aren’t you guys scared?” From reading the news, you may think that the DMZ is starting to look like a game of […]

Mad as Pants

Mad as Pants

You know that February thing where you go clothes shopping at the mall because you think it will be fun, but end up hopping around the dressing room on one foot while you try to cram the other down a pants leg in the size […]

Staying in One Piece

Staying in One Piece

When Sam and I announced our decision to move to the Republic of Korea, the first question people asked us was, “Do they have toilets there?” (Seriously) The second was, “Aren’t you scared of getting nuked?” The DPRK was in the news at the time, […]