If you go to the homepage of this website, and click through the posts you find there, you will quickly notice that nearly a year ago I posted a piece called, 'The Great Umbrella Miracle.'
The day I left Korea, I permanently closed the book on a chapter that spanned two years of my life. I left behind my job, my friends, my everyday habits, even my concept of self as it existed in that time and place.
I also left behind any and all desire to write in this blog. I boarded my flight to Istanbul, and suddenly had nothing to say.
As I move through my final days in Korea, I frequently find myself considering those first three days after I arrived. Meeting my new co-workers, getting introduced to my school, and seeing my new apartment all for the first time - I remember all of that as though it were yesterday.
On a deeper level, I find myself preoccupied with the idea of a circle. Life is full of them, and the closer I get to the close of this particular circle, the more I think about the beginning.
The truth is, those first few days in Korea were pretty terrible.
At this point, I'm sure it's clear that I am a bit in love with travel. I live in a foreign country, I go on international trips every few months, and I spend the majority of my down time writing, reading, or thinking about the next adventure.
Even after I moving to Korea, travel was in my heart, but hadn't yet consumed it.
Then, one day, everything changed. The exact moment is etched on my memory, a stark tattoo, a permanent testament to my newfound perspective. I remember the moment where my life shifted: where I gained new priorities, a new outlook, and a whole new center of gravity.
So, you need an apostille - but there's two problems.
First, you're not even sure what that word means. Apostille, not apostle. We aren't getting biblical here ;)
Second, you have little to no idea how to go and about getting said apostille. Well don't worry! This guide was made with you in mind.
Welcome to Part 3 of my comprehensive guide on how to become a teacher with English Program in Korea (EPIK). The following is a step by step guide aimed at explaining and streamlining the apostille process.
You've been accepted into the EPIK program, and you're on your way to teaching English in Korea. Now, all you have to do is collect and send your required documents, pack your bags, and then you're off! Except, there's one problem...
Collecting and sending those required documents is more difficult than the actual application process itself. Don't worry! This guide is here to help answer all your questions.
I've been putting off this post for about two years now, because let's face it - the EPIK application process is not exactly a sexy topic. It's lengthy, convoluted, and includes several new vocabulary words. However, when I was applying, it was blogs that I found most helpful. So, I'd like to pay it forward.
In reality, the process of applying to EPIK is pretty simple. It's the paperwork that comes after your acceptance that gets super complicated. But, let's not get ahead of ourselves. This guide is a comprehensive guide to your EPIK application process - starting with the necessary requirements, and ending with tips and tricks that will help you ace your interview.
A few weeks back I wrote about my experiences in Ubud on the isle of Bali, Indonesia. Long story short? I loved it there. It was a peaceful respite after all our various misadventures in Vietnam.
I did not however love it in my next destination: Kuta. While I did get some good pictures (it's hard to mess up the sunset), overall I found Kuta, Bali to be wholly underwhelming.
The reality is that I got lazy.
I knew of Kuta. I knew it was convenient and easy to get to, and I figured since it was the last few days of our trip we would just be beach bumming anyways. Now having been there I can definitely see why people were warning me against it, and I'd like to add my own voice to that chorus.
If you're going to Bali, you'd be doing yourself a disservice by going to Kuta. Bali has so much more to offer.
What exactly does it mean to be a "responsible adult"? As long as I can remember, people have always told me it looks something like this... Go to school. Get good grades. Get job. Pay dues in entry level job. Work way up ladder. Get married. Buy house. Have 2.5 children. Build picket fence. Paint fence white. Oh, and don't forget the dog!
I do understand the allure of that path, it is what I was raised on and I can see it's upsides. I have no problem with anyone who decides that that is what they want. No, my issue is with people who see that path as the only definitionof a successful life. Worse than even that, are the people who belittle my choices because I chose to go a different way.
The more I travel, read, and consider my options for the future - the more my own opinion sways away from the so-called "normal" life. Why is a sedentary life so much more acceptable? And why is travel not part of the "real world"?
Ubud, Bali is one of the places I have heard about a lot in the last few years. With most travellers, and backpackers especially it seems to be right up there with Hoi An, Vietnam in terms of beauty and enchanting appeal.
Having now experienced it myself, I can definitely understand the hype. Like our short sojourn in Singapore, the calm serenity of Bali was a nice shift from the wildness of Vietnam.
3 days unwinding in Ubud, Bali and some brilliant photos to ignite your wanderlust.
Now that it's finally spring, I've been trying to get out of the house more and see some sights I didn't make it to last year. As some of you know, I'll be leaving Korea at the end of August this year, and I want to see as much as I can before that time.
I even have a Korean bucket-list, and this site - the Daehan Green Tea Plantation in Boseong - has been on the list for quite a while. All the pictures I had seen looked so lush and beautiful, and better yet they were rumored to serve amazing green tea ice cream.
Now, I'm not saying I spent four hours in transit so I could eat delicious ice cream, but I'm not not saying that either...
I am not really one for socializing with strangers. In fact, it's kind of the bane of my existence. It's not that I don't like them per say, it's just that I don't really want to talk to them. As you might imagine, this is not an ideal situation for a traveler.
Entering a room full of people I don't know, with the intention of starting a conversation is pretty much my worst nightmare. Maybe not my worst nightmare, but on the list of things I would rather not do ever - it's pretty much at the top.
A few months ago I wrote about fall, my second favorite season in Korea, but now winter is over (thank God) and it is time to talk about spring!! Spring is, without question, my favorite season in Korea. I won't lie, Korean winters are pretty much the worst - think grey, with extra grey, and a side of dark grey. Also, extremely cold.
When I lived in Colorado I was also not a huge fan of winter (I'm just not a cold weather person), but at least in Colorado it is still sunny with blue skies most days, and when it snows it's really quite stunning. Korean winter just doesn't really have an upside...
This being said, Korean spring is amazing! The air is usually crisp but not cold, the sun is out more often than not, and my personal favorite, all the flowers start to bloom.