Taking out the trash in Seoul

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During my third time in Korea, one of the things I struggled with the most was one of the simplest household tasks – taking out the trash. It may be second nature to Seoulites who are accustomed to buying the correct regulated trash bags in the right size, sorting out what goes in which bag, and then figuring out where and when they’re allowed to actually put the filled bags outside their homes…but it wasn’t so easy for me. Continue reading

Charlestel: At Home in Hongdae

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This piece is part of Seoul Guide, a series of posts for foreigners trying to navigate living in Seoul, South Korea

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This is a follow-up post for Finding Housing for Study Abroad in Seoul filled with specifics about where I lived for the two months I spent studying Korean and doing research for a human rights course at Sungkyunkwan University this past summer. Since I am no longer in Seoul, I’m comfortable sharing my housing details! Woohoo!  Continue reading

Finding Housing for Study Abroad in Seoul

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This piece is part of Seoul Guide, a series of posts for foreigners trying to navigate living in Seoul, South Korea

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Out of all the time I spent on preparing for my two month adventure in Seoul this past summer, I spent about 95% of it solely on housing. Like when I applied for a visa back in 2014, I felt like I was going to lose my mind – this time with the stress of securing safe, affordable, decent living conditions. On the bright side…I (re)learned quite a bit of housing-related vocabulary that I had been so sure I would never need back when I still took Korean classes.

There are several different housing options available for foreigners going to South Korea for study abroad Continue reading

Cafe Livin’ in Seoul

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After spending so much of my time in cafes around Seoul, I thought I would write a post dedicated to some of my favorite places in Hongdae* to study, write, or just relax with friends.

Cafe Blanc

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Guide: Getting to/from Incheon International Airport

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If you’re traveling to South Korea via a plane, you’re probably trying to figure out how to get from the airport in Incheon to Seoul. Even though almost everything is in English, if you don’t speak Korean, getting out of the airport might be intimidating (and even if you do speak Korean, it still may feel a bit overwhelming). Here are your options.  Continue reading