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    WINTER HIKING IN JIRISAN: KOREA’S HOLIEST MOUNTAIN

    Jirisan offers endless hiking, exceptional views and the opportunity to stay in mountain shelters overnight. Forget day trips to leisurely destinations such as green tea fields or bamboo forests, Jirisan is for those who want more. More adventure, more sense of accomplishment, and depending how seasoned you are, probably more pain. Don’t be like my friend and I, quickly picking routs and failing to realize how difficult they are. Let me get you familiar with the map now, so that you can make more educated decisions than I. When choosing your rout through Jirisan, the first thing you have to do is decide where you will enter the Mountain. One…

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    Life in Korea: 4.5 Month Update

    Life here seems really normal now. I’m used to seeing only Korean people all day every day…When I go back to America I’ll probably be like, “Woahh! Diversity! Holy Shit! What do I do with myself?!”. I’ve learned how to capture my students’ attention…just mention fried chicken or League of Legends and you will have them. Is it weird that my favorite class is, the one class the previous English teacher warned me about in an email? That class is full of trouble makers but I feel like they’re always the most excited to see me, so who cares! Though I am learning Korean, I can only say and understand…

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    Life In Korea: One Month Update

    Hello all. I am currently living and teaching English in South Korea’s sixth largest city, Gwangju. Here is my original Facebook post, made a month and one day after my arrival in Korea. Enjoy… Life In Korea, ONE MONTH UPDATE: Today a coworker complimented me on my chopstick skills, (like I can actually use those to get rice or noodles from my plate to my belly now!) I have to fight to get on the the bus to work every morning…like that thing is so full of people that it won’t stop to let me on until I chase it a few meters, bang on the side of the bus…