Ever fancied a holiday in a crater? – Tales from Indonesia circa 2012

My memory is a tad-rusty, writing this almost three years, (three years?!) on but I’ll give it a whirl… During my six month South East Asian backpacking trip I stumbled across many eye-opening and mind-freeing sights. The family holidaying in a crater was no different. We were visiting the Javanese town of Bandung. We comprised … More Ever fancied a holiday in a crater? – Tales from Indonesia circa 2012

Happy feet

Give me a K. Give me an O. Give me an R. Give me an E. Give me an A. Put it together and what do you get?! The world’s capital of socks! Sock-selling market stalls litter the Korean streets like, well, litter, back in the UK. They are EVERYWHERE. The socks are so cute … More Happy feet

A jimjilbang initiation

Korea offers many experiences alien to the Western world. The 찜질방 (jimjilbang) is no exception. ‘Bang’ holding a meaning far from its western counterpart, denotes room, ‘jimjil,’ denotes hot bath. Put plainly, a jimjilbang is a gender-segregated area for naked cleansing. A place for Koreans, old and young, tall and small, hairy and not so hairy; … More A jimjilbang initiation

‘I want to talk to Obama:’ The hopes and dreams of Korean middle school students

After a few months of lesson planning I came to notice something. It wasn’t obvious to me at first, then suddenly it hit me. I used my lesson plans as a way for me to feed my insatiable desire to be curious (or nosy, prying, intrusive…). I often choose lesson topics based around what I want … More ‘I want to talk to Obama:’ The hopes and dreams of Korean middle school students