Seollal Japan Trip: Tokyo (Feb. 6-8)

Every year in February, Koreans celebrate the Lunar New Year, or Seollal. For me and my coworkers, this meant a 5 day weekend. For my Seollal long weekend, I decided to splurge a bit and visit my friend, Hiroko, who is working in Tokyo. Luckily for me, this made for an amazing 5 days. For…

Seollal Japan Trip: The Journey to Tokyo (Feb 5-6)

Every year in February, Koreans celebrate the Lunar New Year, or Seollal. For me and my coworkers, this meant a 5 day weekend. For my Seollal long weekend, I decided to splurge a bit and visit my friend, Hiroko, who is working in Tokyo. Luckily for me, this made for an amazing 5 days. For…

Chuseok in Seoul: Sept. 26 to 29

Each year, Koreans celebrate Chuseok. Chuseok and the Lunar New Year are the two most important holidays in the Korean year. During Chuseok, Koreans honour their ancestors by cleaning their graves, and celebrate the fast by laying out a special table. Women cook, men pray and drink, generally. For this holiday, the whole country has…

Fun Times and Sicky Days: Sept. 5-23

So these past two weeks can be summed up as a strange combination of fun and interesting Busan experiences, and a lot of time hanging out in my house not doing very much because I’ve been feeling under the weather, on and off. In case you were wondering, right now that feeling is very much on.

Food This Week: Sept. 5 – 20

This was a great (two) week(s) for food. Now, I know there are some people out there who like to eat, so I thought I might do a nice little post about that thing that we all do from time to time, but with Busan food.

The Week of Quite a Lot of Pizza

So, my first full week in Korea just happened. It seems crazy to think that I’m only 12 days deep. I think if you’re imagining what my first week looked like, you can picture that every time I was on social media, it was right here, at the Jasmin Café.  

TL;DR: I’m fine, how are you?

I took the leap, I did it. Despite everything — and everything was more than I would have ever imagined it would have been this time last year — I booked my flight and actually got on the plane to make a journey to a country halfway around the world to teach my language to…

On Little Things and Big Plans

I’m in a room, and here I’m surrounded by the bits and pieces that make my room home. I have an almost year-old jar of what I mistook for saffron, a wine glass filled with small paper notes written with messages, a golden lamp from Jordan, a carving from Uganda, endless books, and endless mugs…