I’ve posted on Tripwolf my experiences hiking Seoraksan in December. From what I remember of this, it was cold. I’m from Maine and it was definitely really fucking cold there last December. The restaurant bodega mart just outside the park entrance was at least open at 6 a.m. — serving Continue Reading
Another bizarre ritual that is the Korean Kinder birthday party celebration took place today. Thankfully, it was not my turn to emcee, so I had a few rare moments to space out and stare at the floor. I had to be the emcee last month, which basically means you stand Continue Reading
…And promises to conquer all.
All the foreign brands were there — Burton, Anon, Oakley, Technine, Ride, Spy, Vokl — which seemed surprising for a country so keen on it’s own fashion identity. You would have thought at least one Korean start-up company making boards or jackets would have dawned itself. The closest thing I Continue Reading
I took this picture from behind my apartment building last weekend. Look closely and you can see several different communication towers dotting their way up the different peaks.
“Please put the cell phone away Sally”. Two minutes later… “Sally, put away the cell phone now please”. Five more minutes… “Sally, put the cell phone away or I’ll throw it out the window”! She put it away. I turned back around from writing some non-sense about to-infinitives on the Continue Reading
Three months now of studying Korean, and according to my Korean teacher, I am a master of incomplete sentence structure. It’s hard. Verbs are especially difficult to get a hold of because the form is changed to suite necessary and nonsensical formalities of everyday Korean conversation. For instance, moak da Continue Reading
U.S. President Barack Obama will be given an honorary taekwondo belt to mark his first visit to Korea on Wednesday and Thursday. A government official said that President Lee Myung-bak will present Obama with an honorary taekwondo degree certificate and a uniform embroidered with his name. Obama practiced taekwondo for Continue Reading
In Korea, if you want the price lowered, you say “ga ga joosayo”. Hahaha. I think this is hilarious, and apparently so do some Koreans. The one time I used “ga ga joosayo” this past weekend at a jewelery store, the clerk flat-out laughed in my face. Then she called Continue Reading