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

Treating our taste buds in Kyoto with Emi @ Uzuki Cooking

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

(Green) tea-time!

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!

A delicious treat in the Korean heat

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