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This kid, Robin, has a perm. Another kid at my school has...



This kid, Robin, has a perm. Another kid at my school has contacts. Kids are often very nice accessories for their parents in Korea —but only if they’re cute.


My co-worker, Dani, and I were initially frightened by the...





My co-worker, Dani, and I were initially frightened by the police at our school after lunch. I asked her what mess she got into the night before and her response was, “I dunno!”

Then, we found out that they weren’t there for us.

So we asked if they would take photos with us. The Korean teachers and kids laughed at us. Whatever.


Still rockin’ the parasol. Figured you needed an update...



Still rockin’ the parasol. Figured you needed an update since the last one I posted was in July.


I love late night mart drinking. Many have chairs to relax in,...



I love late night mart drinking. Many have chairs to relax in, either inside the store or just outside. I love to buy the pineapple cookies. Mmm, so good.


Swimming around Haeundae Beach. Probably for the last time this...









Swimming around Haeundae Beach. Probably for the last time this year, as it is getting chilly fast around here!


I forgot to mention that before Chuseok, we had “pajama...







I forgot to mention that before Chuseok, we had “pajama day” at my hagwon. As usual, the Korean teachers told us nothing about how the day would go. They just told us foreign teachers to arrive to school early and prepare to stay late. We asked if we were supposed to wear pajamas, and they laughed as if it was a silly question.

By the way, no, we were not supposed to wear pajamas.


Lovely Jeju-do

Not sure how I can wrap up my trip to Jeju-do in a quick and easy write-up, so I am going to litter it with a ton of photos.

First of all, this was the view from my room at New Kungnam Hotel.

Such a great way to start off each day!

We went to the Jeju Folk Village Museum, where my favorite Korean drama was filmed.

I loved exploring all the little villages. It is amazing to see how the Koreans used to live. I love this country, the people, and its history. Such a great place to be if you feel the way I do about Korea.

We went to Hallim Park.

The caves were beautiful! I stepped on a snake and saw two turtles having sex. Really got my heart racing! The snake, that is —not the turtles.


Jeju for Chuseok

A group of us from Busan have are on Jeju Island for the Chuseok holiday. A 6,000₩ Busan airport limo ride and 50 minute $115 USD round-trip flight and I was on this beautiful island! Booked rooms at New Kungnam Hotel for $40 USD a night. Accommodations are bare, but it’s in a great location (Seogwipo) and all the taxi drivers recognize the name.


Late birthday present from my friend, Hyunmi. I feel so much...



Late birthday present from my friend, Hyunmi. I feel so much more Korean when looking at my appearance through a beautiful hand mirror.


Lauren and I went to Costco on a Sunday. Bad idea. I thought...





Lauren and I went to Costco on a Sunday. Bad idea. I thought Costco was crazy back home on the weekend, but the Korean crowd is even more mad. The second line I waited in for my pizza was a test of wits. I had to deny a bulgogi pizza at least five times, and then stare down an adjumma for a hot combo pizza. No one puts baby in a corner.

Our Costco cart made me laugh… So American. Lipton iced tea, pickles, bagels, big towel, salsa, cheese, mac and cheese, Tobasco, tortillas and shredded cheese. Awesome!


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