How to Eat Paleo in Korea

March 3, 2014

I recently moved to Seoul, South Korea with the intent of being here for at least a year. This is the story of my attempt to eat Paleo here. Bringing your healthy eating habits to another country for months or even years at a time is very challenging. I’ve been to Seoul many times before …

Read the full article →

Mount Rushmore and Badlands

July 22, 2013

Mt. Rushmore, iconic American tourist destination located among the Black Hills of South Dakota and home of the immortalized faces of former US Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Nearby, the lesser known but serenely beautiful and mis-named Badlands. Growing up just a stones throw away in Iowa my family had …

Read the full article →

What Does It Mean to Be an American?

July 3, 2012

Does being an American mean something special? Does it even mean anything at all? Does anyone even care anymore? After recently returning from a trip overseas to Korea and looking forward to the upcoming 4th of July, I find myself reflecting once again on what it means to be an American. I like to think …

Read the full article →

Climbing Hallasan

June 25, 2012

As I wrote in my previous post I spent a week in Jeju Island and one of the things I did was climb Hallasan. At 6,398 ft (1950 m), Mt. Halla is the second highest mountain on the Korean peninsula after Baekdusan and the highest mountain in South Korea (“san” means mountain in Korean). In …

Read the full article →

One Week in Jeju Island

June 24, 2012

I recently spent two weeks in Korea, the first of which I spent in Jeju Island (aka Jeju-do). Similar to the relationship between Hawaii and the US or Okinawa and Japan, Jeju Island is a subtropical island off the south coast of Korea. Little known to the Western world, Jeju-do is a popular vacation destination …

Read the full article →

Learning a Foreign Language: How Good Can You Really Get?

June 17, 2012

When I first started learning Japanese in high school I had one burning question, “how good can I get?” I wanted to know if I could ever sound like a native speaker or if I would always sound like some American version of a foreigner with a thick accent as parodied on TV. I also …

Read the full article →