Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. I can’t believe it’s here already. You hear Christmas music in coffee shops and see mini plastic trees for sale, but otherwise, Christmas isn’t a big deal in Korea. Christmas is a couples’ holiday here, and you give each other Christmas cakes. Steve is here. I’m so glad. So far this … Continue reading Christmas is for couples and cakes
Seoul metro subway seats are heated.
I wish I had coined that term. BofA advertises $35 per international wire transfer. Bull. I made two online transfers of $1,000 each to Woori Bank in Seoul last week. Current conversion rate is $1,000USD = W1,142,299 depending. W1,065,290 x 2 made it over. That's a loss of W77,000 x 2 or = $150USD--a lot … Continue reading Bank of Ass
The two most popular terms in class are 어려워요 (it’s difficult) and 힘들이워요 (again, it’s difficult). I don't know the difference between “difficult 1” and “difficult 2”. A close third is 머리아파 (my head hurts). We’re consuming at a fire hydrant’s pace. Today, the lesson was money. OHMYGOD. Difficult. Why are we doing math?! In … Continue reading Korean + Math
Three out of four breakfasts during the week, I have rice and kimchi. The other two mornings, it’s eggs with cabbage and ketchup on white bread or eggs with cabbage and ketchup on a plate with rice and kimchi. Your mouth waters, yes? Seriously, I don’t know if I’m going to stay in this family’s … Continue reading Eggs and ketchup
We’re supposed to get -6C weather tomorrow. Yay. I can’t complain. The weather’s been decent enough to run and go for a hike. On Sunday, I ran around Yonsei University, which is up the street from my homestay. The hood I’m in is called Sinchon (not to be mistaken for Sincheon) and it’s equidistant from … Continue reading Ansan
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is aka North Korea (?!). I almost bought traveler's insurance for the wrong country. Goodbye BlueCross BlueShield. Hello AAA Patriot Medical.