How Not to Celebrate the 4th of July in Korea as an American Expat
We have had some pretty epic 4th of July celebrations! One year, we flew to NYC to take the kids to the hallmark 5th Avenue FAO Schwarz store for a spontaneous 24 hour trip; another year we spent the summer in Annecy, France and pushed our celebrations out 10 days to match up with Bastille Day; one year, we...
Family Gangnam Style
Every weekend since we have arrived here in South Korea there is a street fair held at Triple Street. And every weekend since we’ve arrived we’ve wanted to check it out, but we always had something going on that prevented us from being able to. So with nothing else on the schedule, we decided today would be the day...
Riding an Elevator in Korea
Elevators in Korea are torture chambers. They are slow, they don't stop at the floor you want, the doors don't open or close on their own, and most importantly there is some unsaid hierarchy to riding them and operating them that we will never understand. If you know and recognize the evil schemes of Tyrone Rugen, Prince Humperdink's count from...
Chinatown in Korea
No matter where you are in the world, or what nationality you hail from, there is just something comforting about a Chinatown. You can count on it in every city, from San Francisco to Incheon, Korea. Excellent Chinese food, red and gold decorations with dragons spewing fire, and a language that makes most foreigners sure the locals are gossiping...
Swimming Primary Activity in Korea
We’ve been looking forward to today for two weeks. Today is the day of the LDS primary activity in Korea where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints rented an above ground Dough Boy swimming pool! This is one of the best primary activities I’ve ever been to! It was so well thought out and planned, and...
Toy Story 4 at the Movies in South Korea
Today we went to the movies to see Toy Story 4, which sounds simple, doesn't it? As an Expat in Korea, everything is complicated. If you think going to the movies in South Korea is simple, you are so wrong. Not just wrong, but so wrong. It doesn’t help that we don’t speak the language and that we are notorious for...
What to expect living at the Incheon Global Campus in South Korea
We did absolutely zero research before coming to live at the Incheon Global Campus, which really isn’t much different than everything we do. We used our wits and prior experience to help us plan for what we expected to happen and decided to wing the rest. This is what we wish we'd known before coming. What to Expect Living at...
Top Cultural Differences between South Korea and the USA
We have now been in South Korea for 1 full month! So naturally, it's time to answer the big questions like what exactly have we learned? In addition to learning to count to 1,000 in Korean and finding out it means nothing because the Korean language mixes Chinese numbers with Korean numbers, and that Korean Fried Chicken is quite...
Worldschooling on Jeju Island
Today was our last day in Korea’s Hawaii; a little paradise known as Jeju Island. We didn’t know before today, but Jeju Island played an integral part of the division between North and South Korea. In advance of our Korea DMZ Tour, and living here as temporary expats we wanted to spend some time worldschooling on Jeju to learn...
Our Perfect Family Day on Jeju Island
We were already sore from so much walking yesterday, but we managed to kick it up a notch today and ended with spending a perfect family day on Jeju Island. Thankfully, we all got a little more sleep. I swapped beds with Gabriel and took the twin bed with the baby. Sounds like a tight fit, but I pushed...