An interesting read: →
If you’re interested in international relations, this article does a nice job summing up the positions of North Korea, South Korea, China, and the United States in regards to the NK defector repatriation issue— and why each country feels stuck.
Lisa is famous! →
Underwater dancing and wax figurines.
The 63 building in Seoul used to be Korea’s highest building (until, um… some other building was built and it was taller). But we had been told it was a fun place to go, so Lisa and I headed out one evening to go to the gold monument. Inside of the 63 building, there is an art gallery, aquarium, wax museum, food court, and an observation tower, among other things. Lisa and I went to...
Cultural observation number 16
Koreans spit on the street a lot. No…. like, A LOT. (It’s a mine field out there.)
Cultural observation number... I've lost track.
We’ll call it Number 15 just for fun. And then go from there. Cultural observation number 15: I’ve only seen black bobby pins for sale in South Korea. :)
US ambassador to Korea gives a shoutout to... →
My host sister texted me yesterday to tell me the bad news: starting this semester, third years have to stay until 9PM every day. Middle schoolers. At school. Until 9PM. … Dear Korean educational system, You’re nuts. Kisses, Elizabeth Ahhhh, chincha. This is crazy.
An afternoon with North Koreans
What an interesting day today turned out to be! My apartmentmates and I volunteered for the afternoon (although now that word seems so ill-fitting: WE were definitely the ones who were given a gift today) with a North Korean defector program organized for us by our Fulbright ETA coordinator. Every Saturday, ETAs have the opportunity to meet with North Korean defector students to engage in...
A fellow ETA's student's poem: too pretty not to...
“where is your homeland? someone asked and i answered my homeland the best place in my world is mother she is comfortable she is absolute”
Thailand/Hong Kong/ Macau Highlights...because...
*Warm beaches, clear water, swimming in the ocean *Riding a speed boat and having the wind blow your hair *…Seeing a Willie the Wave cloud shape while on said boat. Hahaaa *Snorkeling in bright blue water *Thai food! And fresh fruit smoothies. *Riding elephants through the jungle *Riding on a long-tail boat to a nearby island *Kayaking through caves *Going to a monkey temple and...