I’ve always been a glass half full kinda gal. There I am looking pretty chirpy. I was finally granted 8 of my precious 15 annual holidays. Beginning it in true Laura-style. Late. I was subway-ing, after ditching the bus that would probably have missed me my flight to the KTX station. Final destination (not the … More The ‘Airplane situation’
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
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
I have an awful habit of indulging in that ole devil feeling of nostalgia. When things in the present aren’t quite as you want, it’s easy to romanticise moments past, picturing them as bubbles of perfect happiness, when in reality they comprised their own problems, just not in the way things may be effecting you … More The indulgence of nostalgia…
Last week I taught my students how to talk about superheroes. So what a fantastic opportunity to talk about my very own real-life Korean superheroine. The blossom of the Korean cherry blossoms, the persimmon of my Korean fruit bowl, the kimchi of my Korean meal… The absolute best thing that could have happened to me … More Superkyeongseon!