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
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
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
Two months belated, this post dates back to September (구월 gu wol), the time when Koreans donned their hanboks, overspent on spam gift sets and set out on a 3-day food extravaganza in celebration of the traditions of their ancestors. Chuseok (추석), generally believed to date back to the Silla Kingdom (approx. 57BC), the time when … More Treating our taste buds in Kyoto with Emi @ Uzuki Cooking
Happy birthday hangul! Hangul, the native tongue of Korea, proudly celebrated its 567th birthday yesterday. However, instead of receiving gifts, it generously gave away, giving workers of Korea a day of enjoying comfort- from anywhere outside ones workplace! October 9th marks hangul day, officially reinstated as a national holiday in November 2012, this mini mid-week … More (Green) tea-time!
Travelling in South East Asia, moving to Korea, teaching, living alone in a foreign country, starting a blog and exposing my thoughts to the virtual world… I always strive to do things beyond my personal realms of comfort. And this week is no different, with the latest edition of nerve-creating activities being the purchase of … More A little something that scares you…
One of Korea’s wonderful traits is the importance it places on community. This is no more evident than with locals regularly visiting a place where they can communally sweat and wash, a ‘jimjilbang’ (찜질방). A jimjilbang is a public bathhouse providing bathhouse services such as pools, massages and saunas. (Although I’ve only experienced the high-end … More A delicious treat in the Korean heat