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Teaching ESL in Korea

The Kids arrival to school is a lot like Christmas morning. They’re all excited and expecting something. I have an hour to prepare before class, which goes by way too fast after that first cup of coffee kicks in. My school is a hagwon, which means a private school in ...

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A Quickie in Hong Kong

With much to explore, there is plenty to fit in during a brief encounter in Hong Kong. Between a long layover or a short stay throughout your Asian invasion tour, any amount of time is worth a quickie in Asia’s World city. And a world city it is, with trending ...

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Traveling to Escape Life

Moving across the globe to a world unknown didn’t make me brave, it made me a coward.  For it wasn’t the challenge ahead that I looked forward to, but the idea of escaping my demons by pulling a geographic.  The Pinterest favorite “we travel not to escape life, but for ...

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Working for the Weekend

I may have escaped the mundane world of corporate America (in my ignorant opinion), but there’s no denial that I spend Monday through Friday working for the weekend. As a Kinder teacher, the toddlers are cute and all: pulling at my shirts, smacking my ass and crying for attention but ...

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Color By Number

The best itineraries are the ones designed at 4am after a five-hour train ride across the country. Stranded at the train station, our group of sleep-deprived adventurers had eight hours to kill before check-in at our swanky rented apartment overlooking Haeundae Beach, Busan. And in that three bedroom apartment we ...

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School is for Fools

“Class.” “Class!” “Now after learning about question-forming words, I want you to ask me three sentences about myself. It could be anything. Ask me about my family, my pets, my favorite food. Anything”. *Crickets* “Class, don’t you have any questions for me? About America? About moving to Korea? I flew ...

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The Korean Fix

I cooked today. A bit of “meal planning” if you may. However, the final verdict for dinner was my last package of ramen. I couldn’t tell you which flavor of ramen, definitely spicy, but definitely not fish. (Thank G, because I’m sick of everything smelling like fish). I also joined ...

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Commitment To Excellence

I rummaged through my closet, looking for a worn-in tee suitable for sleep. I had been sporting my birthday suit in bed all week as a result of consecutive reckless nights during my return to Kansas City. Fast-forward to Sunday, the last night I would be resting my dehydrated body on ...

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Why I Could Never Live In Charleston

I grab the wheel in fright, cautiously aware of the wide-load truck passing through the porous one-way road towards KingStreet. I keep an eye on my GPS while channeling over Gospel radio stations. Just a few turns from Gabi’s house, I attempt to stay focused on the road, but the crowds ...

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