A blog from Korea

Jessi and I were talking this morning, as we often do, about cultural differences between America and Korea. For better and worse on both parts.

And she pointed out that is has been a long time – a VERY long time – since I’ve written anything of substance, or on topics I enjoy. She’s right, of course, so I’m updating my website for the first time in what feels like 3 years but has actually only been about 9 months.

So I live in Korea now. That’s really the big news.

I’ve been here for a little over 3 months, and things are starting to settle in. I know enough of the language to get by, which boils down to knowing “yes,” “no,” “thank you,” and “I want to order this food.” You’d be shocked how easy it is to do everything in Korea with only a cursory understanding of the alphabet, and a couple bilingual friends to help you through the tough stuff (like setting up a cell phone contract).

This update will be a short one – I really just wanted to do it because I dared myself to – but I’m hoping to make this a platform for discussing both cool stuff I’m doing here, and also instances of cultural tension. Not “shock,” per se, because I think most people who prepare themselves for what to expect and what you will and won’t find where you’re going can avoid that with an open enough mind.

Or maybe that’s just me. I don’t know, the photo on this post is of me eating a whole fried squid on a stick. Clearly I was ready to step outside of the old comfort zone (though in fairness, that squid was delicious). So we’ll see where it goes from here.

Currently playing: Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin