Category Archives: The Journey

Where is Mr. Toilet’s House?

Fittingly, I first heard about Mr. Toilet in the dingy, very crowded, bathroom adjacent to Hongdae’s famous Children’s Park—a name unsuited for a park notorious for public binge drinking and questionable street performances. It was a summer night in 2012, … Continue reading

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The DMZ. Where to start? What to say…? The experience of visiting the most heavily guarded border in the world stirred up many different feelings. Wonder. Confusion. Anxiety. Sadness. How do I begin? First, I suppose, you are interested in … Continue reading

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Halfway Home (maybe) – Some Sweeping Generalizations

It’s been a few days over 7 months since my plane touched the landing strip at Incheon International, and just as I expected, those 7 months have flown by. All of a sudden, I only have 5 months left on … Continue reading

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A Week At War: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love North Korea

The hallways in Kang Shin Middle School are colder than the outside. The doors to the school are left propped open, and without the aid of direct sunlight, you are expected to wear a coat to and from class while … Continue reading

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Orientation, SMOE-entation

SMOE = Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, FYI I’ve been in Korea for one week. Well, okay: I’ve been trapped in a semi-westernized bubble on the campus of a Korean University for one week. They don’t let us out much, … Continue reading

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Trampolines, Airports, and Sweat

Well, it’s about 9 a.m. Korean time on Wednesday, August 18th. I am sitting in a dorm room at Kyung Hee University in Seoul. I’ll be here for the next week for orientation. The journey here was, well, tiring… My … Continue reading

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