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To (Not) Go Home

To (Not) Go Home

“So, why Korea?” Marshall asked as we drove through the mountains of Vermont en route to New Year’s in Montréal. “I really wanted to study printmaking in Italy.” “I hate to tell you, Steph, but have you looked at a map?” But that is exactly how it began. I wanted to study printmaking in Florence. […]


After Snowboarding

After Snowboarding

The day I was very sore. The day in which I ate the best dak galbi I’ve ever had. The day in which I washed dak galbi out of my new white shirt. Obviously. The day in which I drove through the mountains in the back of a Jetta. The day in which I ate […]


The Tallest Waves Up To Our Teensy Toes

The Tallest Waves Up To Our Teensy Toes

Dear Aunt Steph, Merry Birthday and Merry Christmas! We’re writing you from Kentucky, and I have a Disney ball, Disney Barbies and a Hello Kitty CD player from Santa! He brought them all the way down here! And I have a giant pencil, but it’s not from Santa. It’s from a truck stop. How are […]


On Nine and Counting

On Nine and Counting

Sunday morning I woke in the most comfortable bed I have slept in for some time, in an apartment about seven times the size of mine, halfway up Namsan mountain, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking all of Seoul. Well, all of one-quarter of Seoul. Saturday night had included blue shoes, hamburgers, hot chocolates, 1/3 of Ocean’s […]


Eleventeen

Eleventeen

It is the 17th of October, which means eight months and one week ago today I was standing blurry-eyed on the sidewalk at Incheon International Airport with my suitcases. It would not be an exaggeration to say that I may as well have been drunk for the latter half of January and all of February, […]


Five Hundred Million

Five Hundred Million

My sweet, sweet Madelyne, Today you turned five years old. I don’t really need to tell you this since the second you picked up the phone this morning you said, “It’s my birthday Aunt Steph. I am five.” I honestly don’t know how this happened. In fact, I remember when Mommy & Daddy and I […]


Palace Schmalace

Palace Schmalace

So yesterday I went a-palacing with my friends Arliss and Erin and their friend YoungMi. I have been rather hell-bent on seeing Changdeokgung Palace because there is a Secret Garden on the palace grounds. I don’t know about you, but anything that has the word “Secret” in it is somewhere I want to go. My […]


flick this

flick this

three of us., originally uploaded by youngdoo.   It’s true that I prattle on about Flickr and its virtues. It’s true that I use such superlative proclamations as “Flickr has changed my life” and “If I could make-out with a website, I would make-out with Flickr.” But it is also true that Flickr has brought […]


An Open Letter to Ann-Kathrin of Hamburg, Germany

An Open Letter to Ann-Kathrin of Hamburg, Germany

Hi? Ann I’m Sarah. I really miss and also I really like to ask a questions. 1st. Are you happy there? Hello! I have a question to you. Do you like Korea? Do you miss me too? -Kelly- Hi! I want to ask you a question. What was your favorite student in our class? -Susan- […]


Student Names I Am Enjoying As Of Late

Student Names I Am Enjoying As Of Late

Dolly Nemo Bob Irene Adam King Shirley Superman Gary


On a Wednesday, one week ago

On a Wednesday, one week ago

Seoul Tower, Namsan Park :: July 4, 2007 Sunset, cable car ride, hot dogs on sticks, pineapple on sticks, jimjilbang scrub-down, The Best Engrish We’ve Seen Yet, apple sodas, last subway, Two Two Chicken and beer.


A legitimate reason to consider permanent residence

A legitimate reason to consider permanent residence

When it comes to hair management, I am of the low-maintenance persuasion. This is for a number of reasons, but most importantly these three: 1) Laziness 2) Frugality 3) Lack of concern for such matters I’m just not someone who can easily part with between $60 and $75 on a monthly basis to maintain the […]


Bragging rights

Bragging rights

On May 5th, photographers all over the Flickrverse captured moments from their days for the very first 24 Hours of Flickr project. I am thrilled to let you know that my photo was one of 122 photos chosen for the 24 Hours of Flickr book that has been published to accompany the slideshow tour & […]


One hundred and something

One hundred and something

For the last month, I have been composing some sort of overdue update to celebrate a variety of things: the mark of my third month, a really wonderful Korean holiday, my first 100 Days, and the end of the first term, beginning of the new. I have started a hundred posts and abandoned them all. […]


Teacher’s Day

Teacher’s Day

To Stephanie. Hi! I’m Lena. Today is Teacher’s day in Korea. But, In America doesn’t have teacher’s day!! You know, I don’t speak well at English. My wish is to speak English well. So, I want to learn English a lot from you. I can understand your talk, but I can’t answer with your question. […]


Chopsticks

Chopsticks

Dear Aunt Steph, Thank you, oh thank you, Aunt Steph! I really, really like my new chopsticks. I love them! They’re my favorite. Now if anyone comes over, they can have any spoon or any fork they want because now I have these chopsticks. I would love it if you could come and see me […]


Yes, you are cute…

Yes, you are cute…

    Now please do your homework. In all fairness, Tara (on the right) is an exceptional student and one of my favorites. She draws me slightly disturbing, yet undeniably charming, pictures of killer cats and always does her homework. Sally, on the other hand, needs to bring her books to class and stop organizing […]


Corresponding with a 4-year-old

Corresponding with a 4-year-old

Dear Aunt Steph, Hello from Niles Beach! It looks rainy. I think it looks a little nice. I wanted to buy this card for you. I named the swans “Heidi” and “Aunt Steph” because they were hugging. And you guys are friends. I don’t see any swans on Niles Beach today. I need the binoculars. […]


To all the boys in my 4 o’clock class…

To all the boys in my 4 o’clock class…

Ease up on the kimchi, would ya? It’s a small room and the windows don’t open.


Let the Culture Shock Begin

Let the Culture Shock Begin

This morning I realized that without naïvety and my hopeless optimism, I wouldn’t do half the things I have chosen to do in my life. It’s like a necessary amnesia to force me over the precipice into unknown territory. Oh, sure, it will be easy. It will be fine. Simple. It’s simple to move to […]


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