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One of the Korean foods that we discovered while living in Korea, was Korean porridge, or “Juk.” The one in our town was called “Slow Food.” The porridge is usually made from grains such as akuki beans, cooked rice and sesame. We had heard from Korean friends that it is good for digestion and is often used as baby food or food for those recovering from health issues.

There is just something about being pulled out of your comfort zone by unplanned or unexpected events. Sometimes we find ourselves in such a rut that we do not allow ourselves to be surprised by life.

I often hear other expats saying that these type of holidays are always the most difficult when you find yourself all alone in a foreign country. Not only are you alone but you also do not understand the local language and the way they celebrate holidays is vastly different to what you are used to back home.

(1) The bus stop in the village where two of my travel schools are, is right in front of the little cigarette store where we buy our bus tickets. Today it started snowing and I joined the ajumma’s and ajeossi’s huddling against the wind and the cold in front of the store.

It’s the holiday season – slightly more than a week to go before Christmas – which means it is time to make sure dear old grandma’s insurance is paid up.  I’ve been recruiting ESL teachers for 10 years, and have a decade’s worth of data showing that more grandparents die the week before Christmas than any other week of the year.

A Korean Air executive who delayed an international flight because she was angry with the way she had been served Macadamia nuts on a flight leaving New York  resigned today.  This seemingly trivial story broke yesterday – notably because of its absurd nature.  It turns out the former executive in question is the daughter of the chairman

I teach at four different schools; two elementary and two middle schools. The English levels are pretty low being in the rural areas and not having had many NET's to date. Also, I have one day per week with my kids because they have a Korean English teacher on the days that I am not there.

My previous teaching experience transpired like a dream. But, at first, it probably felt more like a nightmare – for the students. As an African-American female, they had never met a person who looked like me before. Many of them were afraid of me – in fact, one student, 4th grader YeoJin, cried during our first class, and refused to look at me in the eye for two months!

Having had no prior experience teaching kids before coming to South Korea, I thought that being a mom would at least allow me to ease into teaching a bit more easily.


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