Masks, rice bags and straw hats: Protesters stage second rally in Seoul

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For the second time in three weeks, tens of thousands of South Koreans converged in Seoul on Saturday to rally under a host of issues, including labor reform, a comprehensive investigation of the 2014 Sewol ferry disaster and a recent government decision to require secondary schools to adopt state-issued history textbooks.

The day of protest, which concluded peacefully, was held in the wake of a similar event on Nov. 14, which ended in violent confrontation between police and protesters. Police attempted to block another rally, but the Seoul Administrative Court denied the movement just two days before it took place. Continue reading

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

9 Nov ©2015 Bridgett Hernandez

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


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