Alex Garland’s The Beach is a novel about the backpacker’s desire to be authentic, to be something different from the average tourist. While vacationing in the Gulf of Thailand I reread this book, and think about it in the context of my own experiences as a traveler.
A list of the best cities in Korea for living and teaching – and a guide to what to look for, when choosing a city.
A guide to dealing with the little Kakao Talk 1 that indicates an unread message. How to read the message without deactivating the one!
How to make your year in Korea a life-changing experience, and avoid the traps that can lead to a wasted year spent drinking in foreigner bars and complaining about Korea.
Coming home, dealing with reverse culture shock, and applying for university teaching jobs in Korea.
The fear of travel, and of the unknown – why I first came to Korea, and the two best pieces of advice I ever received for how to travel well.
I get stranded in Seoul, due to the complete ineptitude that overcomes me whenever I visit that place, and check out the Pink Motel near Sinsa Station.
I drink a lot of Korean canned coffees, most horrible-tasting, so you don’t have to. A look at the popular Korean phenomenon of canned coffee.
An enounter with some cute female volunteers who wanted me to join their club, and who turned out to be fronts for the Korean cult Shinchonji.
This is the first in what will be a series of reviews of love motels, in which I take a trip to Gujora Beach, stay at a mediocre motel, and meet the owners, a mother with an incredible singing voice and her sour daughter.