Monthly Archives: September 2015

Itaewon: I feel a little less foreign

It’s no surprise that I stick out a little here.  South Korea is an extremely homogenized society.  About 97% of the population is ethnically Korean. But that percentage doesn’t apply to Itaewon. Itaewon is in the Yongsan district of Seoul.  … Continue reading

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Bear Tree Park with real bears

I wish I could say I came across these bears in the wild while hiking through mountains.  Okay, no I don’t.  I hope I never run into wild bears. Apparently Bear Tree Park is popular with American military members who … Continue reading

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Daecheon Beach

When you think of Korea, you probably don’t think of beaches.  Korea is not really a world surfing, fishing, or scuba diving destination. But I’m from Missouri, so I’m easily impressed with any beach.  That probably wouldn’t be the case … Continue reading

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Impromptu Teacher Lunch

“No one tells me anything.” This is a common complaint I hear from my fellow American teachers.  When important news goes around, people often forget to tell the foreign teacher.  They aren’t told about an important meeting until the last … Continue reading

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Tokyo: When can I go back?

I’ve been lucky to travel to some amazing places in my short life, but Tokyo is special to me. It was the first place I traveled to without my parents.  It has every convenience and activity you could want in … Continue reading

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Shirakawa-go and naked Japanese guys

Don’t worry, I’ll get to the naked guys towards the end. Shirakawa-go is a village in Gifu prefecture.  I’ve had a fascination with the thatched roofs on the houses in the village for some time and now I can cross … Continue reading

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Takayama

Takayama would be an easy town to live in.  It’s surrounded by mountains, it’s clean, it has a historic downtown area, and it’s close to the UNESCO world heritage village of Shirakawa-go. You can stumble upon temples while taking a … Continue reading

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