Category Archives: Everyday Life

The Korea Effect

South Korea has an almost indescribable knack of drawing you right back in after it pushes you to the very edge. Take yesterday for example, I went to school as usual and got settled at my desk and half an … Continue reading

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Why Do Foreigners Always Look Sick?

Do we? Maybe we do because this was the first thing anyone said to me yesterday morning as I walked through the school doors. I must have looked terrible. I told myself otherwise, went into the office and convinced myself … Continue reading

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Afternoon Adventures: Munsu Folk Village

We were lucky enough to have an afternoon to spare during summer classes and not wanting to waste the sunshine (and unexpected free time) we decided to take our bikes out and go exploring. We’d often seen a brown sign for Munsu folk village and … Continue reading

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Do you belly dance for Christmas?

Teaching English in Korea is never boring. Sometimes the desk time can be a little tedious but the teaching part is anything but dull. My students are always non-stop entertainment but there are some moments that really stand out above … Continue reading

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Big Fat Gypsy…Pork Cutlet?

Following a weekend of hiking and camping in the beautiful Mureung Valley in Gangwon Province, we found ourselves with a couple of hours to kill and stomachs to fill (the terrible rhyming was unintentional, it just happened). We had time to … Continue reading

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Making Moving Easy – The Outdoor Elevator

When the majority of the population lives in apartment buildings and are constantly moving house (at least it seems that way), Korea needs a sensible moving solution. And so, they have completely mastered the outdoor elevator. The outdoor elevator compacts nicely … Continue reading

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Does the Queen Eat Corgis?

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee provided me with another excuse to force encourage my Korean middle school students to learn more about the UK because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to talk this wonderful nation more? It’s that good. As usual whenever I … Continue reading

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‘Teacher, you cross the road wrong’

I was informed yesterday that I have a road crossing problem. Apparently I’m doing it all wrong. Of all the things I do on a daily basis in Korea, this wasn’t the one I was worried about not getting right. I … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season

Hands down, Spring is the most enjoyable season in Korea. The sun is (usually) out, the temperature is just right, hot but not too hot and life awakens. This is not limited to plants and trees, it also applies to … Continue reading

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Comedy English on T-Shirts # 1

We are not the first and we will not be the last to delight in poorly worded English printed on T-shirts. It never gets boring. And luckily for us, Korea happens to have the highest number of printing faux pas I have yet to … Continue reading

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Feel the Fear

For months the Koreans warned us about the upcoming winter. And I mean months. Summer was only just on it’s way out when the warnings began, When winter comes you will not breathe well. Or go outside. Or be happy. … Continue reading

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