The roosters are crowing and the sun is coming up. As I pry open my heavy eyelids, I can see some fishermen walking towards the water. My back hurts; I’ve just spent 7 hours on a bus through the night, and 2 hours sleeping on a wooden bench waiting for the ferry office in Kuala […]
Every summer in Korea, masses migrate to the east coast to inflict chaos and spread mud over the small town of Boryeong. The Boryeong Mud Festival runs for 2 weeks on the nice stretch of Daecheon Beach. The mud is believed to have beneficial effects on the skin, and is trucked in from nearby mud flats.
This week I turn 24. But I am not sure how this happened. In my mind I was supposed to be 22 forever. Now 24 is approaching and I don’t know how to feel. I’m happy but confused, content but insecure. And why do I keep finding this one grey hair in my bangs?!
It’s 3:30 a.m. and I’m surprisingly alert. Since moving to Seoul, this hasn’t been a strange time to be awake on a weekend. But this time it is completely different. I’m supposed to be fully focused, facing straight ahead, but I can’t help but look around. The chanting monks continue with the mantra; an incomprehensible melody […]
The faces of the Andean Highlands are those of a modern contradiction. A charming and radiant smile peers through a dirty and fatigued face. A striking tapestry worn on the shoulders of a woman is as piercing as the look in her eyes, but the tired wrinkles tell another story. A subtle glance from one […]
There is a certain type of person who measures self-worth and life experience in the places they’ve been; the bumpy roads traveled, the greasy street food eaten, the smudged passport stamps. When labeling oneself in words, the self-defined traveler/adventurer/vagabond feels this title triumphs over any daytime professional one.
Quito is the capital of Ecuador, a country sandwiched between two more well-known Andean countries: Colombia and Peru. I happened to spend 3 months there doing an internship for my college degree. While here, I acquired a love-hate relationship with the place, and I still have some mixed emotions about it.
A city with the best of both worlds. Latin American vibrancy and chaos, mixed with European refinement and class. Argentina is an enchanting mixture of its own, and this characteristic is what made me fall in love with it.
It only took me 5 months, 15+ pages of applications, recommendation letters, essays, background checks, securing university documents, 2 trips to L.A., many trips to the San Diego County office, dealing with the FBI and the IRS, getting a visa, lots of stress and a lot of waiting….to finally get accepted to teach in a public […]