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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm

Literally. This was my first morning in Korea, December 8, 1990. My apartment, which was located in Chamsil 2-Danji (in the background you can see 5-Danji), would be home for the next two years.

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Kimchi Chocolate — Namdaemun Market, December 2002

On assignment for the Korea Times in 2002, I decided to write a story about Christmas shopping at Namdaemun Market, Seoul’s oldest, traditional market where you can find practically everything including Kimchi Chocolate. And the taste? Never tried it. Like this photo? Want to see more? Want to read about what living in South Korea […]

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Snowy Night in Daejeon

Went out with a group of my mentees for dinner at the Solpine Restaurant on the Woosong Campus. It was a nice way to end the semester as well as, on a personal level, to celebrate my 22nd year in Korea. It had been snowing on and off all day, and as we were having […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — Naksan Temple, 1992

One of my favorite places in Korea, bar none is Soraksan National Park. The first time I visited there was during Sollal in 1991 and again in 1992 shortly before I left Korea to return to the States to get a new visa. You can read all about it and Korea’s rugged beauty in Waking […]

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Twenty-two years ago…

I landed in the Land of the Morning Calm. And I’ve been waking up here ever since. What’s it been like all these years? Find out here.

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Room without a view

Of all the apartments I’ve lived in Korea (eight) the one I am in now ranks near the bottom. Despite one of the more “modern” ones in terms of the interior (though having an electrical outlet next to the shower still begs the question, what was the architect doing in the class the teacher talked […]

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Crowded House

It looks more crowded than it actually is in this photo, but I sure do miss living back in the Illinois Valley or my home in Laos. Blocks and blocks on top of one another. More concrete than the eye can see.

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Not a peep out of North Korea

Will there be a December surprise from North Korea? I’m surprised that North Korea has been unusually silent the past few weeks. Even after President Obama was re-elected there was nothing out of Pyongyang. Not since the incident with the pro-South Korea leaflets being released along the DMZ has the North made any announcements. Last […]

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Inchon Landing — September 15, 1950

Today is the 62nd anniversary of Operation Chromite or as it is better known as, the Inchon Landing. In 2000, when I was a feature writer for the Korea Times, I covered the ceremony as part of the newspaper’s coverage of  Korean War commemorative events. On that day, a typhoon was battering the peninsula and […]

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Waking up in the Land of the Morning Calm

It’s not just a state. It’s a reality. Kindle Paperback Hardback

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