The first days of Summ… er Winter ;)

Have you ever walked around with a grin that just won’t leave and an unfaltering positive attitude?  Ever since I started teaching in 2008 I’ve had the good fortune of long vacations and a smile glued to my face on the first day of each one.  I love teaching (I’m even getting my masters in it) Read More …

Teacher’s Day – South Korea

Teacher’s Day is one of my favorite Korean holidays.  Its not just the cute notes, buckets of flowers, snacks and other assorted gifts.  Sure those help but what really makes me love Teacher’s Day is the realization of how much value Koreans have for teachers. There is a separate holiday where the entire country devotes itself Read More …

My old hagwon closed!

You may have heard about my awful first 6 months in Korea with CPIS.  I arrived and started working within 12 hours only to find out the “school” that hired me was a huge web of lies.  We had issues with paychecks, health insurance, eviction notices, incompetent administration and just about every issue that you hear Read More …

My students picked this picture because…

My Korean co-teacher came up to me and asked if it was okay for the students to show me pictures.  I heard him using my name in class and then speaking Korean for the last 15 minutes but thought nothing of it.  But then they explained in English why they choose each picture specifically for Read More …

Korean Tug of War

Last Friday our Korean teachers planned a Team Building afternoon for the students.  Little did I know that I’d be an active participant and not simply there to keep the peace.  Enjoy this debacle which cost me 2 (already beat to hell) indoor shoes and a few shreds of dignity.   I certainly haven’t gotten my Read More …

Starting a new school year – Korea

The 2015-16 school year started at the beginning of March and its been a whirlwind of excitement.  I still can’t believe I’m almost finished with 2 full years living in Seoul.  Time certainly files by and I miss each and everyone of you reading this back home! I am the new 4th grade team leader Read More …

Same Same – LiveLearnVenture: a new Blogging Buddy

Through the wonders of social media I just stumbled across a fellow blogger and couldn’t help but think of the South East Asian phrase “same same!”  Check out Natasha & Nick’s adventures teaching in the south of South Korea and traveling just like me! www.LiveLearnVenture.com  

Shanghai to Newark – 3 Planes

Nothing could have prepared me for the wave of emotion that overcame me when I got in line at PVG, Shanghai’s airport.  My gate read SEATTLE, printed neatly in digital letters just above it.  After a year and a half of living in Asia I was actually going home.  Soon I’d board for a mindless trip across the Read More …

Top 10 Travel Photos of 2014 #9

2014 was my most traveled year yet.  I had the good fortune to bring in the New Year in the Philippines before returning to my job in South Korea.  Summer vacation was spent backpacking Vietnam and Chuseok (Korean thanksgiving) brought me to Japan.  I ventured to Shanghai before heading back to America for the end Read More …

1 year anniversary, wait what?

365 days ago I landed at Incheon International Airport and immediately began one of the biggest changes in my life.  In spite of some difficult times I’ve had an incredible experience full of adventures. So I guess its no surprise that this year living in South Korea has flown by!   Sitting down to start writing Read More …