I don’t know exactly who cares about what particular strange or predictable morsels of information may be gleaned from this blog. I originally started this project while studying in South Korea, then picked it up when I traveled/studied in Ireland, Germany, and Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). I’m in Nairobi, Kenya now. If you’re a person who’s interested in the mundane or obvious things that an inquisitive, questioning American may learn in such places, I predict you may delight in reading on.
UW-Superior, my alma-mater and favorite working class university, offers a unique program in the former Yugoslavia which focuses on history/politics in the region.
Why South Korea?….
I traveled to South Korea to study abroad in the spring semester of 2006. This was my first time ever abroad (I’m not kidding, I’ve never even crossed the Canadian border despite living a few mere hours away…). That trip inspired the creation of this blog; a fantastic way to keep in touch with all of those who care about me, or to perpetuate my own sense of fame, and to justify the overuse of semicolons; my all-time favorite apostrophe.
I returned to South Korea for my winter break in January 2007 to teach children at a remote buddhist temple. I visited this diamond-way temple the previous spring during my semester at Yonsei University in Wonju. The temple is located near Young-ju at an old gold mine buried deep in the mounstrous mountains. My time during this month was spent volunteering at the temple and teaching english as a foreign language to Korean gradeschoolers.
Kunsuhnim (head monk) and I at the temple –