KoreaLife

The Miracle Sea-Parting Festival

The spring is here in Korea despite an annual phenomenon called 꽃샘추위, a period when we all think the warm weather has arrived only then for it to be pushed aside by an unrelenting cold snap.  This expression literally translates to “the cold envies the flowers” (꽃=flowers, 샘=jealousy/envy, 추위=the cold).  As the spring flowers are …

Midnight Magic

It is the eve of the new year and there is less than one week remaining until I leave for Kenya and begin my Mt. Kilimanjaro hiking adventure.  I have been fairly busy as of late preparing for the trip, wrapping up our second semester at school, and navigating my schedule to make time for …

The Perfect Weekend SETup

One of the more peculiar segments of my weekly schedule in Korea occurs on Sundays at an unassuming elementary school called 서원초 (SeowonCho).  From 1:30-5pm, my time belongs to a group of Ajjeossi’s (older men, usually between 40 and 60 years old).  There are of course other people: my friend 명렬, college students and the …