The Korean Adventure

Here is a collection of the more pertinent stories from my 16 months teaching and exploring in Korea!  I taught ESL there from 2011 - 2012.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.  I enjoy talking about my experiences there, and I would love to help you plan your trip, chat about teaching abroad, or tell you about the strangest thing I ate on my travels!

  My Journey to Korea
The Idea: Part 1Part 2, Part 3
The Work Behind the Scenes: Part 1, Part 2
Kind Koreans Taking Care of Me 


Teaching at a Hagwon
General Observations
Racism from my Co-Teacher

Elegance Class (My every day preschoolers)

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
What Ruby Said: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Elegance Discusses Long Distance Relationships
Elegance Creates Dinosaurs
Fox Teacher
Judy Forces Me to Eat a Whole Fish
The Children Have Noticed I'm Not Korean...

Holidays and Field Trip Pictures
 Halloween: 2011, 2012
Gym Day
Rose Garden Field Trip
Swimming Pool Field Trip
Science Museum Field Trip

Classroom Stories
 Falling in love with my students
Don't look to your students for your sense of self worth (Video)
Classroom Quotes: Part 1, Part 2
Summer Intensive Classes
Elementary Perspective on Obama: Part 1, Part 2
Students' Writings: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7
What NOT to do with your Alien Registration Card
Hanging Out With My Students in the Park 


  Korean Culture
Traditional Culture
Food Culture
The Public Bath House: Intro, Personal Experience

Korean Pop Culture


Places to Go and Things to Do
Experience Korea
International Fireworks Festival (Yeouido, Seoul)
Andong Mask Dance Festival: Part 1Part 2Part 3
Sokcho and the DMZ: Part 1Part 2Part 3
Namsan Tower (Seoul)
Dog Cafe (Gangnam, Seoul)
Insadong: Part 1, Part 2 (Seoul)
Garosugil (Apgujeong, Seoul)
Photo walk near the palace (Gwanghwamun, Seoul)
13-Day Date in Seoul
Non-extensive Korean Bucket List: Part 1, Part 2

Other Travel
The Phillipines
Japan: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Seoul Restaurants and Food
The Boiling Crab (Bangbae)


  Personal Observations and Stories in Korea
Commentary on Being an Expat

I got Laser Hair Removal: Part 1, Part 2
The Epic Tale of Visiting Home for Christmas: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3