A note before beginning: This trip's itinerary was planned and organized by my travel buddies, Linh and Chantal. We took the north to south route starting in Hanoi and ending in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). I've heard repeatedly that that is the best way to do Vietnam since it gets progressively warmer as you head… Continue reading VIETNAM I: HANOI
For the past two weeks I've been popping by my my main school to teach English to a handful of third and fourth graders for a couple of hours during winter vacation. On Mondays, I sit there with Eun Soo and Yeon Hwa, two 11 year olds who couldn't be more different, and strain to… Continue reading Winter English Camp
THIS MORNING, sometime between the hours of three and five AM, I opened my laptop to Skype home because I couldn't sleep. Mom said the drought in Lake County has abated but the rain won't stop. She said it's cold and that a new grey tabby likes to sit outside the kitchen window and watch her putter.… Continue reading Homesick in 2015
A piece written for Matador Network. I MOVED TO SEATTLE from Berkeley four months before my dad died from cancer. I would have stayed.
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
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
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