Wrapped up, Tangled up in Loc Love: My Loc Journey (6 mo)

To those who didn't want me to do this: Sorry, not sorry. Every time I've mentioned getting dreadlocks in conversation (henceforth referred to as "locs" because there's nothing dreadful about them 😉 ) the person I'm talking to has flinched or recoiled, saying, "Ew, no, why would you want to do that?" or has raised… Continue reading Wrapped up, Tangled up in Loc Love: My Loc Journey (6 mo)

Korean Host Moms: Love ’em or Hate ’em

Doing this homestay comes with some obvious advantages, but we must not forget the disadvantages to living with a host family including but not limited to: curfews, lack of freedom and privacy, not being able to walk around in your underwear, etc. But by far the worst one is: the NAGGING. It started with small… Continue reading Korean Host Moms: Love ’em or Hate ’em

20 Things I’ve Learned in Korea (so far)

If a middle-aged person wants to talk to you in English on the subway, just let them do it. No matter how much you want to practice your Korean, I assure you they are just as persistent (if not moreso) with wanting to practice their English...especially 아저씨 (middle-aged men) Always have a fake name/email/address/phone number to… Continue reading 20 Things I’ve Learned in Korea (so far)

What’s Open During Chuseok?

This past week I had the opportunity to see Seoul the emptiest I've ever seen it. "How empty?" you might ask. Well, empty enough for Simon and Martina to dress up in costumes and dance in the streets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bamYJaCpTqI That video was from several years ago, but I would say it's still a good representation… Continue reading What’s Open During Chuseok?

On (not) Making Friends in Japan

The study abroad program representative with the big grin and flashy powerpoint will tell you to befriend the locals to make the most of your study abroad. I've seen many an extroverted classmate get buddy-buddy with the natives (sometimes snagging a romantic partner!) and reap the benefits of more natural Japanese, knowledge of the latest… Continue reading On (not) Making Friends in Japan