Tag Archives: Bridgett Hernandez

Korea’s past and present mingle at Mu-A

20 Sep

Jong-ro, the neighborhood located northwest of Banwoldang Subway Station in downtown Daegu, is an interesting intersection of old and new. The buildings are older and the streets are quieter, removed from the blaring music, cell phone shops and cosmetic stores of Dongseong-ro. The area is home to an Oriental medicine market dating back to the Joseon dynasty and shops selling traditional Korean rice cakes as well as ultramodern department stores, cafes and Japanese restaurants frequented by young patrons.

A few blocks north of Donga Department Store is Mu-A, a hansik restaurant and dessert café that reflects Jong-ro’s unique feel. Mu-A’s design is undeniably modern, but its source of influence is unmistakably rooted in tradition. Continue reading

A week’s worth of lunches: Delivery food in South Korea

9 Aug

Hey guys! How’s your week going? I’m excited to be wrapping up summer classes this week. I’m so ready to be done teaching six days a week, and my students and I are looking forward to a little break!

The best thing about working longer hours is the food! Lunch is provided during camp, so my boss orders something different every day for delivery and the teachers eat together between our morning and afternoon classes. Here’s what a week’s worth of lunches looks like. Continue reading

Our happy, dog hair-covered life: What it’s like to have a “big” dog in South Korea

31 Jul

A lot of our friends and family members have asked us how our dog, Clark, has liked living in South Korea, so I thought I’d write a post about what it’s like to live abroad with our pet. Continue reading

Happy Friday!

29 Jul

What are you guys up to this weekend? I have to teach a couple classes, but I’m looking forward to a little fun and relaxation after a busy and very hot and humid week. There are a couple movies we’d like to see, and on Sunday, we’re going to Suseong Lake to celebrate a friend’s birthday over burgers and beer. I will also very likely spend a great deal of time holed up in our air-conditioned bedroom eating ice cream and reading this page turner. 🙂

Here are a few things to help you unwind and stay cool this weekend. Continue reading

9 Helpful Apps to Download in South Korea

26 Jul

So you’re packing your bags for South Korea. Passport? Check. Travel adapter? Check. Deodorant? Double check. Smartphone apps? You’ve come to the right place!

In recent years, I’ve made it a point to research helpful apps whenever I’m preparing for a trip. Downloading them ahead of time is so much less stressful than frantically looking for WiFi after you arrive. Here are nine apps that I use on a regular basis. Whether you’re traveling to South Korea for a year-long stay or doing a fly-by weekend in Seoul, I hope this list comes in handy! Continue reading