Smoldering Memories

Yesterday was the 42 anniversary of the May 18th democracy movement in Gwangju, South Korea. If you want more information about this movement, you can read my post here or check out the 518 Archives. I happened to be in Gwangju for the anniversary yesterday, so I wandered around the ACC and into the formerContinue reading “Smoldering Memories”

Juknokwon Bamboo Forest

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you should be excited about your weekend plans, but all you want to do is cancel all of them and not leave your bed? I don’t know if was stress from finishing the year up at work, hormones, falling and banging up my knee, or theContinue reading “Juknokwon Bamboo Forest”

Jinju Antique Street

Walking back to my hotel after the Jinju Lantern Festival, my friends and I stumbled across Jinju Insadong Antique Street! Intrigued, we came back in the morning to capture it in the daylight. Between homes and murals, there are many antique shops hidden away in this neighborhood. Although they were all closed, it was stillContinue reading “Jinju Antique Street”

Jinju Lantern Festival

Tucked away in the south western corner of Gyeosangnam-do 경상남도 on the eastern side of South Korea. Jinju 진주 is a small city that has always been a center of life for the surrounding farming communities. Before it was a modern city it was a Fortress in the Jeosan Dynasty, the Silla Dynasty 신라 新羅Continue reading “Jinju Lantern Festival”

The Wildest 24 Hours of My Life: My First Hoesik

They told me I was going to Boseong 보성군. I did not sign up for what happened next.  Since covid, the Korean Hoesik 회식 has been canceled. Hoesik is really any gathering of people to eat, get drunk, and marry; however, it has become synonymous with workplace culture in Korea. Pre-covid, you were expedited toContinue reading “The Wildest 24 Hours of My Life: My First Hoesik”

Suncheon Bay Gardens

순천만국가정원 Have you ever had one of those days that fill you with immense joy? My trip to Suncheon Bay Gardens 순천만국가정원 was just that. A combination of beautiful weather in a strikingly stunning place with the best company I could hope for made the day joyful. To quote The Perks of Being a Wallflower, daysContinue reading “Suncheon Bay Gardens”

Summer on Jeju Part 1

Jeju 제주도 is lovingly referred to as the Hawaii of Korea by many ex-pats. They are not wrong. This semi-tropical volcanic paradise is the ultimate getaway for many Koreans. An hour’s flight out of Seoul, Jeju island has some of Korea’s best surfing and diving spots. You can spend a week here without seeing halfContinue reading “Summer on Jeju Part 1”

The Little Things in Yeosu South Korea

Now that I live in Korea, it’s easy for my life to be perceived as one fantastic adventure with only highs and never any lows. The truth is my life continues to have many lows dispite living many peoples dream. When I travel on my weekends I get hangry and plans often fall apart. ThisContinue reading “The Little Things in Yeosu South Korea”

A Screenshot of Mokpo

Mokpo 목포 is a small port city tucked in the southwestern side of Jeollanam-do, South Korea. Many would consider Mokpo sleepy and small, but it has yet to bore me after 5 months living here (by here, I mean 30 min north, but I will save the story of my ruralish town for later). EveryContinue reading “A Screenshot of Mokpo”

Gwangju: A Flame of Democracy

Gwangju 광주시 took me by surprise. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting from the sixth-largest city in Korea. Maybe I expected it to be overcrowded, dirty, and to have more of a New York or LA vibe. I certainly didn’t expect to see the natural beauty of Mudansan National Park juxtaposed against livelyContinue reading “Gwangju: A Flame of Democracy”