“How did you end up in Korea?” is a question that most people have asked when they learn that I have lived and worked in South Korea.

“I turned left at Japan,” I’ve often replied, tweaking a famous line from The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night when John Lennon was asked, “How did you find America?” upon which he replied, “Turned left at Greenland.”

For less than a cup of joe from Starbucks, you can read all about it here: from killer fans and a night in a love motel to staring down North Koreans or meeting the current president of South Korea.

Waking up in the Land of the Morning Calm. It’s not just a state. It’s a reality.

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