Saturday, August 29, 2015

Moving to South Korea: practical considerations

In my last post I talked about the ways you have to prepare yourself mentally for moving to a foreign country. Now for the more practical things you can do to prepare. The links and resources below are for people preparing to go to South Korea like me; but for those of you preparing to move to other countries, there are plenty of similar resources to these - and many of them are available online for free. Try checking out sites like the World Mentoring Academy or Youtube, or talking with a local embassy, before spending lots of money on language courses or travel guides.

Culture, History and General Information

Eat Your Kimchi, a fun way to learn about life and culture in Korea

Friday, August 21, 2015

Preparing for life in another country

As I explained in my previous post, I have just accepted a job in Korea and will be arriving there in a few weeks. I'm really excited about the new experience I'm about to have and I can't wait to discover what life in Korea will be like.

Every time I go back to the states to visit my family, I run into people who are amazed by my country-hopping lifestyle. "Isn't it scary living somewhere where you don't speak the language?" "What do you do if you can't communicate with someone?" "HOW can you live THERE?"

I think this is how people imagine my daily life in Japan...
... But the reality looked more like this, a lot more mundane than you might expect.

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Next Adventure

Pohang, South Korea - Photo from here
These last two years in Chile have been a wonderful experience for me, both personally and professionally. I've really learned a lot from living here and have met so many awesome people. But as much as I've enjoyed it, it's time now for me to do something new.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Latin American Music

While there is some really great music from Latin America, to be 100% honest I don't listen to it all that much. But there are a few artists that I've discovered while living here in Chile that I really love, and listening to their music is a great way to practice Spanish. It's also a fun way to learn more about Latin American culture, since music is such a big part of life here. So here you can find some of my recommendations:

Ana Tijoux

I have to start off with Ana Tijoux because she is by far my favorite Spanish-language artist that I've discovered so far.