The Birthday Party Sprint

My colleague grins at me as we hustle sixteen kindergarteners into the elevator and out again on the main floor of the hagwon. We’ve just completed our first ever birthday party, and in record time considering that we’re both new to the school. The kids make a break for the classroom, and she clutches my … Continue reading

Strawberry Mocha Mornings

Lately, I’ve taken up a habit that by turns amuses and horrifies my colleagues, Korean and foreign alike. I make myself a strawberry, chocolate, or banana coffee every morning at 10:30. Admittedly, when my colleague suggested that I add milk to coffee to be get through the morning, she probably didn’t mean the strawberry milk … Continue reading

Spam Soup

I never thought I’d be so excited about spam soup. Truth is though, I look forward to spam soup day all week. It’s one of the few soups I can eat, given my allergies, and the only one of those I actually like. Every day at lunch, the food is the same. There are small … Continue reading

By Hook, By Crook, or From McDonald’s: Adventuress Gets Un-Adventurous With Breakfast

I’m not ashamed to say that the first meal I acquired without the help of a Korean-speaking colleague was from McDonald’s. Actually, scratch that, I am a little ashamed of that. It seems to me that I lost a fair proportion of traveller/adventurer cred by taking a grand total of 14 hours since arrival in … Continue reading

Exclusion: Things That Don’t Make My To-Do List

I have a pretty long to-do list when it comes to adventures. Especially in new and exciting places. But some things, for a variety of reasons don’t end up on it. Whether they should or not is another matter for another day. Driving in most of the places I go is one of those things. … Continue reading