Expat life

Zipping It Up

Zipping It Up

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. -Buddha These days, we sure are learning the importance and beauty of that last portion of Buddhist wisdom. Though a few weeks have passed now, it doesn’t feel […]

What Are We Doing Here?

What Are We Doing Here?

[It’s been a year and a half since we moved to Korea, and sadly, most people still don’t have a great idea of what brought us here or the kind of work that J-Mar is doing. I’ve been bugging him for just about 18 months to start writing a post of his own to explain […]

Connecting and Communicating with the U.S. Consul General

Connecting and Communicating with the U.S. Consul General

First things first, as seen in Dong-gu last week while J-Mar and I had lunch together: Not sure what these people were dressed in or for what purpose, but henceforth they will be known as the Q-tip people. Also, this was taken in a Subway (yes, American franchise restaurant), which, as you can see, has […]

China: 5 Days + 3 Cities + 7 Expats = Infinite Fun

China: 5 Days + 3 Cities + 7 Expats = Infinite Fun

Happy Seollal! It’s Lunar (Chinese) New Year here, which is a huge holiday for Koreans, typically involving celebrations and ceremonies to honor ancestors, as is custom for many holidays here. The Korean New Year almost always lines up with both the Chinese and Vietnamese New Year, but it’s actually based on the Korean lunar calendar, […]

Marasiaks: A Year In Review

Marasiaks: A Year In Review

I can’t believe it’s already New Year’s Eve. I vividly remember sitting at the computer trying to throw one of these posts together last year; it seems impossible that 12 whole months have passed since then. This year has been nothing short of unreal. Though it had its ups and downs with adjustments to life […]

365 Days Later + 11 Things I Know Now

365 Days Later + 11 Things I Know Now

Today marks a year of adventures abroad, and I thought it would be a poignant time to compile a list of how life is a bit different than it was 365 days ago. I could write a full list of 365 lessons I’ve learned, but I’ve compressed to the abridged version of 11, in honor […]

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