A Marriage of Talents

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Today I’m excited to introduce our friends Antwon and Marcia, two of the most creative and hardworking people I know. While living in Korea, they’ve tapped into and excelled at their passions — he as a photographer and she as a fashion designer. Earlier this year, Marcia helped me navigate the maze of stalls and alleys at Seomun Market, so that I could find the perfect lace for my wedding dress! Here’s their story.
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Our first visitor from home!

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Chris and I recently hosted a very special guest from America: my younger sister, Lindsey! She’d been wanting to visit since I first came to South Korea in 2012, so we were so happy to have her for 10 days in October! Here are some of the highlights of her trip. Continue reading

A ‘hobbit good time’ in Japan

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You may remember that I actually traveled to Japan at this time last year. I had a great time, but, although I consider myself a seasoned solo traveler, I missed Chris. A lot. I kept thinking, ‘Chris would love this. This trip would be so much better if he were here.’ It was shortly after that trip that we finally started planning our wedding. :)

Chris had wanted to go to Japan since he was a kid, so last month we made it happen. Continue reading

Homesick For Tomato Soup (Recipe)

17 Sep Homemade tomato soup and cheese toasties. Delish!

The air is cool and crisp, the sky darkens a wee bit earlier, the trees are starting to show a tinge of color and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING is blowing up my news feed. My favorite time of year has arrived in South Korea: IT’S FALL, PEOPLE!!

It rained all day today, but that didn’t keep us inside. This morning Chris and I strapped our dog Clark into his Chicago Bears sweater and walked to the grocery store so that we could buy ingredients for cheese toasties and tomato soup. It’s the ultimate comfort food on chilly, drizzly days like today: gooey melted cheese between two slices of toasted bread dipped in a bowl of bright, tangy tomato soup. YUM! Continue reading

The Gun (Free?) Culture of South Korea

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The last five years have been witness to several mass-casualty or high-profile shootings in the United States. Since I first moved to South Korea in 2012, I’ve read most of the headlines from abroad: 12 killed in a movie theater in Colorado, 27 killed in an elementary school in Connecticut, 12 killed in the Washington Navy Yard in our country’s capital, nine killed in a church in South Carolina and, only weeks ago, two young journalist killed on air.

Gun control is a touchy subject for Americans, and it’s something I often contemplate. My husband, Chris, and I have argued debated the issue at length, circling it so many times that I don’t know where we stand. Thankfully, today I won’t be wading into the murky depths that is gun politics in the United States. Instead, I’m going to talk about the presence of guns in South Korea. Continue reading


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