Perhaps I have an outsized interest in the Busan metro system. To call it a “subway” would be somewhat incorrect, although that’s what I usually say. Even for the Busan-Gimhae Lightrail Transit, which is entirely aboveground. To call it “sub”way is to imply it is “sub,” or underground. Even some parts of the Busan Transportation… Read More Donghae Line: Busan’s Newest Way to Ride
This, despite the fact I wasn’t even in Korea in 2009. But, I was preparing to go back after my first aborted attempt four years before, the first of two attempts that I’ve talked about plenty of times and will probably talk about plenty of times in the future. For now, though, if you’re curious,… Read More ‘Falling’ Back Into Korea 2009
I recently thought about how a lifetime resembles a party. I think about shit like this sometimes, but a lot more since I turned the age my mother was when I was born. When you arrive, everything is fresh. Drinks flow, there’s lots of exciting things happening and you’re dizzy with the constant stream of “new.” You’re not sure… Read More Party of the Life
The original article (and the entire issue) can be read online at the following link and in HAPS Magazine (available at many fine watering holes throughout Busan right now). But, since this is a growing industry in Busan specifically, and Korea broadly, there are no doubt even more places where Korean-brewed craft beer is now available. Just… Read More Tap Houses in Busan
I’m pretty fortunate my teeth have not rotted out of my head by now. Not that I don’t take reasonably not terrible care of my chompers. I brush twice a day (usually) and floss regularly. But, I remember how my mother always said she was born with “soft gums,” which resulted in her having poor… Read More My First Visit to a Korean Dentist
Expats of the ROK, stop if you’ve heard this one: You can’t get “____” in Korea. “I love Korea,” the imaginary newly-established English teacher from various western countries of the world of yesterday would say to other newly-established English teacher friends at the lone expat-friendly drinking establishment in town, over bottles of Hite because, you… Read More Yes, You Can Get That in Korea. And That. That, Too
Hello, fellow ESL teachers. Do you have 10 minutes to kill in a class? Have you already shown your students every (currently available on YouTube) episode of the animated Mr. Bean series? Are your kids bored to death of Hangman or–in the case of South Korea–“Nunchi Game,” where they each stand up in the order… Read More Who Wins: ‘Mr. Bean’ or ‘100 Angry Grandmothers’?