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Teaching English in South Korea

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Teach Abroad

One of the best decisions I have ever made was moving to South Korea to teach English abroad. There are hundreds of reasons why it had a huge impact on my life for the better, but I’ve chosen just 10 here to try to convince you to make the leap yourself! 1. The window of

Korean medicine cocktail

The Cycles of Sickness in Korea

I have a cold for about the 6th time since arriving in Korea. I don’t think I’ve had a cold 6 time in the past 6 years previous to coming here. For some reason or another, I’m always sick here.   There are probably a lot of reasons for this, not the least of which

Starbucks in Korea

4 Reasons Why Starbucks Just Isn’t the Same in Korea

Even in my most poor and destitute college semesters when I couldn’t even afford laundry detergent, I found a way to afford a regular fix of Starbucks. I know. It seems crazy, but before I committed to coming to Korea, there was one question to which I had to know that answer, and that was,


Anseong Goome Agricultural Town

  Every fall and every spring, my program, Korea Nazarene University, takes all the public school teachers on a “culture trip.” Usually they are to someplace like a Korean folk village, an outdoor museum, sometimes with actors, that depict traditional Korean life. Last weekend, I went on my third culture trip, and we went to


Personal Notes

An overwhelming majority of my blog posts have been generally positive things about Korea, or differences portrayed in a quirky light, like the fire drill. I try to keep my blog on the positive side, because my time in Korea has been wonderful, and because no one wants to read negative blog posts all the

Korean Elementary School

A Korean Fire Drill

At school a few weeks ago, we had a fire drill. Pretty routine, right? Every school has one at some point. I’d even experienced fire drills in Korea before; after all, this is my third semester teaching in Korea. But this fire drill was… a little different.   In Korea, fire drills are sort of


Here Comes the Bride

A Korean Wedding   Thanks to my friend and colleague, So Young, I recently had an opportunity I’ve been waiting for since I’ve been in Korea: attending a Korean wedding. I knew very little about Korean weddings, except for the fact that Koreans don’t bother inviting people to their wedding until a week or so


Welcome to the Morning Show!

  The Yongso Elementary Morning Show! from Anna Wickham on Vimeo.   Every week, me and my co-worker, Nikki organize a 10-15 minute English morning show for all 3rd-6th grade students to watch on closed circuit in their classrooms on Thursday mornings at 8:40am.   The show features 4 hosts and includes such segments as


Boryoung Mud Festival

Ladies and Gents, it’s about to get realll dirty I arrived in Korea around this time last year, about a week after the Mud Festival 2010, and heard all about it from foreigners that I knew who lived here. I couldn’t wait for my chance to attend, and last weekend, I finally got it.  


Silent Disco and Getaway Sticks

Last Saturday night, me and my friends ventured to Seoul for a night out. Drew’s band, Getaway Sticks, was playing their Seoul premiere.   I’ve been to Seoul for a Saturday night on a few occasions, and it has always proved to be an amazing time. Allow me to give you a crash coarse called

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Working in Yellowstone National Park

Our little tent!

The Month of July

I sincerely apologize for not updating recently: I have been so busy this month working lots of shifts, as well as keeping busy with all kinds of activities. I’ll be leaving here soon, in less than 3 weeks, and I’m determined to take full advantage of this place before I leave. I’ll give a short

On a peaceful solitary walk at Lake Yellowstone

My Independence Day

Confessions of Gratitude     When I told my friends at Canyon that I was headed to Lake Yellowstone completely alone for a weekend of rest and solitude, they promptly informed me that I was crazy (as if I didn’t already know). But after arriving yesterday evening, I can say that it is perhaps the

Cody Wyoming Rodeo

Anna Meets the Wild Wild West

  Thanks to some awesome new friends and a little bit of good luck, I had the opportunity to get out of the park for a bit this weekend.   Thursday, my friend Mary’s best friend was flying into Jackson Hole from Missouri to visit Yellowstone for a couple of days, and she invited me

Yellowstone camping fun

NOT a Happy Camper

Backcountry camping: It’s In Tents.   To say that my first camping experience was a little rough is a gross understatement. It can be best described as mildly traumatic. Allow me to start from the beginning.   When Keri, Emily, and I left in the pouring rain to hike the 4 miles to Wranger Lake,

Hiking Boots


  Something happens when I lace up my hiking boots. There is an intrinsic power associated with them; when I put them on, a jolt of simultaneous authority and oneness with nature is sent through my whole body.   My boots are heavy and sturdy, designed to help those who don them to maintain stability

Grizzly Bear

Hey, Bear!

Yellowstone Bear Safety 101     Because it has snowed significantly here a majority of the past 7 days, I have not been able to do much hiking, but have instead taken the opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenery from the indoors. I have indulged in frequent naps, movie nights, afternoon reads, and lots

Old Faithful Erupting

How to Hitchhike in Yellowstone

  My “weekend” this week began on Sunday night and ended sometime Wednesday, since my days off are Monday and Tuesday. This weekend was one I will never forget.   As some of my new friends and I were at an early breakfast in the EDR (employee dining room, to refresh your memory) discussing what

Yellowstone Hiking Break

Yellowstone Culture

City Life vs. Yellowstone Life     [The following blog was actually composed 5.29.09. our internet has been down in the park for the last several days. There are signs on every door that reads: “Yes, we know the internet is down. Yes, it has been reported to the internet gods. Be patient. Go on

Old Faithful Dining Room

The Best Part About My Job

    I can’t believe I forgot to tell you about the best part of my job: the birthday song. This is what we sing when someone tells us it is their birthday.   Canyon Lodge Birthday Song   (to the tune of “Home, Home on the Range”)   Home, home on the range Where

Settling Into Yellowstone

  My New Life in a Natural Wonder   It is 8:45pm, but it feels like 6:00pm because the sun doesn’t set here until well after 9:00pm, it’s almost bedtime: I’m exhausted from such an eventful week.   Most of the people that I met and that I live with work in food and beverage

My First 36 Hours in Yellowstone

  Well, I have arrived safe and sound. As I type this, I’m in my temporary dorm room, Big Horn, in a great part of Yellowstone called Canyon. I’m looking outside my window at the beautiful snow-peaked mountains, the evergreen trees, and, occasionally, some deer or bison.   I guess I should back up and

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6 Signs You’re Experiencing Reverse Culture Shock in America

After spending 14 months in Southeast Asia, I am back in the US for the holidays. When you’ve spent a lot of time on your own, it feels amazing to be back with those whom you really care about. It’s also great to be back in the US at Christmastime, a pretty magical time and

Motorbikes Saigon Vietnam

How and Why to Get a Motorbike License in Vietnam

So you’re moving to Vietnam or traveling there soon and you can’t wait to jump on a motorbike and ride through traffic that seriously looks like this: You may not have heard, but it’s incredibly easy to rent or even buy a motorbike in Vietnam. Motorbike shops are everywhere, and it usually costs around $50-100

Travel apps, websites

The Short List: Apps and Sites to Jumpstart Your Travel Plans

When planning a trip somewhere new, it doesn’t take long to realize you might need a little help getting everything ready before you leave. Whether you’re looking for reasonably priced accommodation, a stellar list-maker, or ideas for what to do, I’ve got you covered. This week, I’ve rounded up a few of the most useful

inspiring female travelers

11 Female Travelers Who Inspire

Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to see everything – literally everything – the world had to offer. My family traveled to Lithuania for a few weeks in 1996 and that was the turning point. The first moment I walked inside a medieval castle and hopped along the cobblestoned streets

How to Get a Visa to Vietnam

I get this question all the time, and rightfully so: How do you get a visa to live in Vietnam? I’ve been to a lot of countries and visa instructions are notoriously confusing, no matter which country you’re traveling to. I’m almost never certain I’ve done it correctly unless I’ve already been to that country.


My Top 21 Apps, Tricks, and Hacks for Digital Nomads

Let’s face it: working remotely is not exactly the norm. It requires the implementation of a few different tools and tricks to make everything pull together like a well-oiled machine. I’ve been talking a lot recently about productivity and work, and I’ve also shared a few of my favorite apps and tips, but that just

Paris cafe night

The Sixth Sense of Place

Do you ever close your eyes and feel yourself going back in time to places you’ve been in the past? It’s not as if you’re reliving memories or simply daydreaming about a place. It’s far more tangible than that. When you close your eyes, you can see every detail. I call it the sixth sense

A Complete Guide to Health Insurance for Digital Nomads

(See my disclaimer before reading) When you live in your home country, you have traditional health insurance. When you travel abroad for a few weeks or a few months, you get travel insurance. If you move to another country, you get health insurance in that country. But what if you’re a digital nomad, and you

Is It Really Possible to Travel and Work at the Same Time?

The last month has been a whirlwind. Here’s where I’ve been hanging around: As you may or may not know, I tend to work a lot. A LOT. It’s hard enough to get me to take a day in another part of the city of Saigon, much less get me to leave the country! Don’t

How to Strategically Eat All the Food in Malaysia

My purpose for coming to Malaysia was simple: eat all of the food. At the time of this writing, I’ve been in Malaysia for a week, and I’d say I’ve done a pretty good job. Fortunately for me, it’s currently Ramadan in Malaysia, which means that there is a massive amount of street food literally

You Know You’re a Digital Nomad When…

There comes a time when you just have to admit it. These aren’t normal problems, they aren’t even first world problems…they’re digital nomad problems. Here are a few quotes I’ve gathered from some friends that perfectly describe some of those times that others just don’t understand.   “You are recently unemployed and everyone congratulates you.”

The 10 Commandments of Saigon Traffic Rules

I’ve been in Saigon for about two months now, and I think I’m finally getting to the point where I’m only a little bit afraid to cross the road. A lot of foreigners who live here get motorbikes and drive themselves. While I might do that eventually, for now I’d prefer to put my life

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