Category Archives: Food

Boseong Tea Festival

Korea has all sorts of festivals and lately it seems like anything can become a festival to bring in more tourism (and it works too!). This weekend became a splendid 4-day weekend since it was also Children’s Day (a national holiday in Korea). As a lover of tea, and just to do something on a […]

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Winter Trip to Vietnam

I had heard so much about Vietnam that it was one of the top countries in South East Asia that I had wanted to visit. I originally had planned on doing all of Vietnam (north to south) and then going west into Cambodia. However, because of my school changing my vacation dates I ended up […]

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Traveling Japan (Part 1)

After the difficulty of negotiating dates throughout December and desk-warming for a week, I was excited to finally stretch my wings and go to my first planned winter destination: Japan (January 7 to 20). Overview Part 1 of the Winter Break: I spent five days visiting, Shiori, a good friend from college who had been […]

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Happy Lunar New Year!

새해 복 많이 받으세요~ Happy Lunar New Year! Throughout many Asian countries, today marked the start of the New Year of the Monkey! In Korea, it’s called Seollal (Hangul: 설날). This holiday is one of the most significant, including Chuseok. Here, the celebration lasts three days: the day before Korean New Year day, Korean New Year […]

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Christmas/New Years in Seoul

Since Christmas isn’t celebrated (although I kinda did celebrate it with my host family) we decided to celebrate together. Of course any meetup usually happens in Seoul. Most of my friends from Orientation are spread to all four corners: as far north as Hwacheon (it actually lies above the 38th parallel) and as far south […]

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Ending a Semester: Yeosu and Odongdo Island

Today was the last day of the “normal” semester. This past week of teaching has been crazy. For reasons beyond my comprehension, the finals aren’t the last week of school. There’s still 1-2 weeks after finals that students need to attend. During this time, the graduating 3rd students prepare watch movies, play games, practice dance […]

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Thanksgiving Desserts at the Chuseok Table

We celebrated Chuseok (Korean: 추석) this weekend. As I said in my previous post, Chuseok is known as “Korean Thanksgiving” since it’s Korea’s autumn harvest festival that also commemorates the ancestors with the gathering of family and the consumption of large quantities of traditional foods. This year, Thanksgiving was November 26 and Chuseok was September […]

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Chuseok (Thanksgiving) in Korea

This past week we celebrated Chuseok (Korean: 추석). This is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in Korea celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. When I ask students to describe Chuseok, the easiest way to describe it is “Korean Thanksgiving”. My host family invited me to […]

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