broken, heart, Read Dealing with Language Barriers Abroad
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Coping with culture shock in Korea

Adapting to life and work in Korea isn’t easy. Even if by stroke of God, your school, apartment AND co-teacher is a dream, the odds are still against you…

September 20, 2010 1
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Just Show Me Pictures! When your Expat Honeymoon Fades (Hitting the 6-month mark)

Chuseok (추석), the Korean Thanksgiving is next week and EPIKers are abuzz with vacation plans… again. This is a six-day vacation for many NETs, so imagine the excitement! Though summer was only 4 weeks ago, the national holiday will give NETs a second wind for getting over the hump of months to come. Why? This will be our last…

September 16, 2010 9
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August GRRR! II: Back from Vietnam and Expacked!

I’ve just returned from backpacking Vietnam, during summer monsoon season- what a wet, wet, wet and sweaty adventure… I must have lost 10 pounds of water weight! Now I’m back in civilization, where a warm bath and a bed, without a silk liner woos me…

August 19, 2010 7
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How Being an Expat Helped Cure some of my Solo Travel Fears

Tick-tock… Vietnam. I leave this Friday! I’ll be launching solo again. I’m excited because I don’t know what to expect or how things will play out. While the unknown can feel a bit intimidating for a solo traveler, it’s also exciting.

August 4, 2010 12
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August GRRR!: Summer’s Monumental Moments- Writing, Travel & Working at ESL Summer Camp!

Updates: Published in Daegu Pockets, the conclusion to Summer Camp and my next big GRRRL TRAVELER adventure…

August 2, 2010 2
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5 Reasons to Join your Expat Community

I used to think of expats as isolated bunch, desperately clinging to each other to shield themselves from their foreign environment, but that’s not been the case. Many expats are very accepting of their environment and open to making local friends; unfortunately, that’s not enough for survival or sanity, sometimes…

July 28, 2010 9
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Review: “Goulash Soup & Bread Cafe” (Hongdae, Seoul)

Goulash Soup and Bread (Hongdae, Seoul, Korea), is a cute hole-in-the-wall Hongdae cafe, which serves what else?… gulash and bread! I love discovering hidden gems- especially when it fits my diet and this was perfect! For a 5,000W set-combo, the cafe offers unlimited goulash soup, fresh baked bread, rice and (gasp) a fresh green salad! The kind owners (a husband and wife team), knowing my vegetarian needs were cool enough to remove the meat for me! Everything was yummy-delicious and at an amazing price!

July 20, 2010 5
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Travel and Art Jeonju: The Love I let get away…

I seldom seek regret when it comes to the cities I’ve chosen to live in, except for now… It’s no secret that I’ve been making every effort to travel on the weekends. Aside from my inexpressible gasping-for-air-need to get out of Daegu, brought on by the culture shock I underwent my first months here, I actually think Daegu is-

July 13, 2010 16
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JSMP : 6 ways expats experience culture shock in Korea

Just when I think I’ve finally escaped my Korean Crud attacks and colds, there’s a new symptom in town… Okay, this is month #5 and I guess I can no longer call myself a “newbie” expat. This doesn’t mean I don’t experience moments when I feel like I’m still a beginner to life here. While I should be finding my teaching wheel and workload fairly greased as I’ve had a proper acclimation period, these days I actually find myself…

July 9, 2010 8
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