Asia, Jecheon, South Korea, Travel

Dangerous Chai

This morning I brought a can of Trader Joe's chai tea latte mix into school to try and finish off with my colleagues. It's Lucy's last day at Namcheon and I wanted to share it with her particularly. The last time I brought something in, it was the candied ginger my mom sent for Christmas. It… Continue reading Dangerous Chai

good eats, Jecheon

Yuk Gae Jang 육개장

During my seventh day of winter camp Mr. Jo came in and invited me to have lunch with the rest of the staff keeping the school running during the winter vacation. "You know yukgaejang?" he asks. "Gamjatang?" I ask quizzically. This is like me saying to a Swede "have you had American beef stew?" and… Continue reading Yuk Gae Jang 육개장

Asia, South Korea

Morning Commute to Geum Seong

TWICE A WEEK I TAKE an infrequent bus to the outskirts of Jecheon to a little neighborhood called Geum Seong. Sometimes I leave early enough to buy fruit or yogurt for breakfast from my corner grocery where the bus scoops me up in a cloud of diesel fumes. Today, the grocer scans my water bottle with his… Continue reading Morning Commute to Geum Seong

Asia, Guinsa, South Korea

Guinsa – 구인사

I WISHED WE HAD a guide for this trip because Guinsa was mysterious and we couldn't read any of the Chinese inscriptions beneath gargoyles or in front of important entrances or at the burial mound of the temple's founder. Neither MJ nor myself read anything on Guinsa before we took the bumpy bus ride out of town toward the… Continue reading Guinsa – 구인사

Asia, Jecheon, South Korea, Teaching English, Travel

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

ON THE DAY I schedule kite making for my summer camp kids it’s pouring. During a break in the showers we hurry outside to see if we can catch a breeze.       The last time I flew a kite I was maybe a little older than some of my students. I was at the… Continue reading Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Asia, Danyang, South Korea, Travel


GOSU CAVE IN DANYANG, Cheongchungbuk-do is one of the largest cave networks in South Korea. Several of the rock formations inside look like animals and there is a statue-like resemblance to the Virgin Mary veiled in mist from a small waterfall nearby. Along the metal hand railings water drips from the walls still forming the… Continue reading Gosu