March 26, 2017

AIDS, Xenophobia and Multiculturalism in South Korea

This is the cover of a famous English magazine in South Korea called Groove

You heard it, all foreigners have AIDS and the Korean people are determined to stop the flow of foreigners who carry this deadly disease from entering their country! This is a very, very common idea within Korean society, and the government creates laws to reduce the capacity for foreigners to work legally in South Korea. […]

Cultural Awareness: Fan death in South Korea

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All countries have unique and idiosyncratic superstitions that arise and, sometimes thrive, because of past historical or culture circumstances, and South Korea is no different. It is a widely held believe in South Korea that if you go to sleep with an electric fan running overnight, while in a closed room that you will die. […]

Top 10 Must-Sees in Seoul, South Korea

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  Seoul is not exactly a city that never sleeps but it is definitely full of life and personality. Seoul has a long, exciting history full of beauty and tragedy. Seoul’s diversities range from ancient Joseon Dynasty palaces to extremely modern skyscrapers. Seoul is a city with beauty around ever corner. I have complied a list of […]

Cultural Awareness: The Korean emotion of han (한)

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But still there is hope… I have always been fascinated by East Asian cultural traits but none so much as the Korean emotion of  han. Like with many concepts from different cultures, han has no direct translation to Western languages or culture but can be felt none the less. Han permeates through Korean society and […]

The Subway-Sardine Experiment

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열차가 들어오고 있습니다! The train is now approaching!As I have been living in Seoul for roughly 10 months now I know this quick announcement to mean that in less than 30 seconds I will be hurdled into a subway train and become a veritable sardine. This experience can be remarkably unpleasant and awkward during rush hour because […]

Tolerance and Travel

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Years ago, before I ever left The States, I distinctly remember going through the drive-thru at my local McDonald’s in my hometown in Central Florida. After ordering my burger and fries I strolled on up to the window and was going to hand the man at the window my money but, with great unfortunates, I could not […]

Jeju Island: The Hawaii of South Korea

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Working life in South Korea can be a tiresome venture, so when you get a few vacation days you appreciate every waking and slumbering second of them. I just recently had a few days off from teaching and decided to take a trip to Jeju Island, which is a hop, skip and jump away from […]

Korean food: Sannakji (산낙지)

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Food to die for! Sannakji, small live octopus, is one of the most unique foods I have ever munched on. Sannakji is one of the rare foods that actually fights back when getting eaten, so you can’t take this food lightly. Sannakji is a small octopus prepared alive, and generally the tentacles are the meal. […]

Wat Arun (วัดอรุณ), Thailand

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Temple of Dawn Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand and is one of the more remarkable temples I have ever seen. This is a very famous temple for travelers to visit but I do feel that most people miss the real beauty behind The Temple of Dawn. The rich history and architecture really brings […]

Localize! Giving the Middle Finger to Tourism

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When travelling I have always found the most memorable and heartfelt times were when I was having a great conversation. When two, three or even four people from different parts of the world can sit down, share a meal or a drink, and discuss their thoughts and experiences life becomes richer. Strangely enough, I also […]