Scratch That, Reverse It

Even after a mime demonstration that dissolved the class of four year olds into uncontrollable giggles, they could not wrap their heads around the idea that if they wanted to both go to the bathroom and get some water, they had to say that. Go to the water doesn’t work any better than get some … Continue reading

Boxing the Baggage

  I’d be a liar if I said it was easy to forgive and forget relationships past. Certainly, there’s a utilitarian part of this. Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. If I don’t remember, I’ll keep fucking up in the same mundane, boring, safe, cowardly ways. It’s only when … Continue reading

Kicking Murphy Out Of My Brain

What’s the worst that could happen? Well, I’m sitting here at the mercy of someone brandishing an assortment of chemicals and sharp implements, and with whom I don’t share a language. So it could get pretty ugly. However, I’m getting my hair cut and dyed. By a professional, in a hair salon. So, like many … Continue reading

When the Penny Takes a Decade to Drop

There are lots of things that I didn’t understand right away. Sometimes it’s just because I can be a bit slow on the uptake. Sometimes it’s because I’m not old enough or mature enough to quite grasp the concept. Sometimes it’s a lack of information, or experience. When I was growing up, my parents liked … Continue reading

What About Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s recently. Finally. After years of telling myself I should watch it as a film student, getting told I should watch it, and putting it on various lists of movies I had every intention of seeing, but never made time for, I watched it. I wanted to love it. I wanted … Continue reading

Two Types

There are two types of people doing the kind job I have right now, well, at least two. The two that are most prevalent here are: The people who want to be teachers and leaving home is the means to that end. The people who want to travel, and teaching English is a means to … Continue reading

Ppuri Park: Making an Adventure

Sunday morning, in spite of having stayed up too late talking to people from back home on the internet the night before, I dragged my tucchus out of bed at the slightly ridiculous hour of 9:30 and went on an adventure Four buses, one kimbap restaurant, a couple of convenience stores and a fair amount … Continue reading

Where in the World?

Daejeon, Korea

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about traveling. Some might say that I’m already traveling. I live in a country far from where I grew up, far from what I know and understand. But I live here. It’s not the same as traveling because I’ve been here for four months, and will be for another … Continue reading

Sleep When You’re Dead Or On The Train: Canada Day Weekend In Two Cities

Last Tuesday, my plans for Canada Day weekend were shaping up to be pretty tame. Barbecue with my Korean class Friday evening, shopping with a friend on Saturday, maybe a language exchange meeting on Sunday afternoon. Multiple attempts to contact Canadian friends all over the world throughout the weekend, and maybe finally getting my laundry … Continue reading