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Some quiet time in Daejeon

After all the travelling and things I have done since I left Korea last September I now have some quiet time before I start teaching on March 2nd.It’s nice to finally be able to unpack my suitcase and have a place that I can call home for the next year.Of course, I probably couldn’t have […]

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World Best Airport Hub?

Some things never change even when you have been away for awhile.Coming into Incheon International Airport on Wednesday night I saw this huge sign advertising Incheon as the “World Best Airport Hub” as well as similar signs on luggage carts and airport service trucks.Gee, you’d think if you are going to plaster this slogan/message everywhere […]

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Six weeks to go…and a bit of soul-searching in Seoul

I think the hardest part of leaving a place that you have called home for almost 16 years is lying to rest the ghosts of your past and saying good-bye. Saying good-bye to friends and colleagues, some that you have known for almost as long as you have been in Korea is hard enough, but […]

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North Korea Fires Their Missiles

Woke up this morning and learned that overnight North Korea had gone ahead and fired their missiles as they said they would. Well, that is going to be the big news of the day and make everyone a little nervous I suppose. It is going to get everyone scrambling to find some sort of diplomatic […]

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Teacher’s Day

I was surprised as well as moved when I walked into my early morning English conversation class this morning: my students had bought a cake and a lovely floral arrangement to give to me for Teacher’s Day. I like how Korean students will take time out in May on this day to thank their teachers […]

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The Godfather of Soul in Seoul

James Brown came to town last night. “It’s great to be in Shanghai!” Whether or not he was joking or not, or perhaps just suffering a bit of jet lag from traveling around Asia one thing is for certain, when the Godfather of Soul puts on a show, he does not disappoint. With a show […]

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Snowy Day at Toksu Palace

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Portrait of an artist at Kyongbok Palace

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Small town guy…Big city living

The other day I was packed in like a sardine along with what probably seemed like a couple hundred other commuters on a subway car heading to the center of Seoul, and I thought to myself, “man, how could anyone do this day in and day out?’’ I am a small town guy, born and […]

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