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2007 — I took a leap of faith and traveled to South Korea that year. My first friend in Korea and neighbor was also born in 1979 on 10-09. 2013 — Hanguel (Korean Language) Day became a national holiday that year. Thereafter I found it easier to schedule parties or trips on my birthday so…

Today’s Revelations

The article below reflects the reality that I lived in Korea for nearly nine years. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/05/15/a-fascinating-map-of-the-worlds-most-and-least-racially-tolerant-countries/ Four years ago, while living in Korea, I wrote… After reading the article above and after watching a History Channel documentary about Albert Einstein today, I came to the realization that having a job in Korea does not equate…

Top 3 Bars in Korea

I lived in Pohang, Asan, Gyeongsan, Iksan, and Seoul. All these cities, but Seoul, are off the beaten path for visitors to Korea. Heck most people only know or care about Seoul. In my experience, there is much to see and do outside of Seoul. But, honestly, after all the hiking, visiting temples, and studying Korean,…

Jeju Again

This place never gets old. It’s beauty and nature invite visitors to explore her waters, forests, and long dormant volcanoes. The food here is also delicious.

Riding in Cars with Girls Again

Jia and Julie greeted me at the airport yesterday. Jia and I met on my first trip to Jeju, six years ago. I met her, Yunhee, and SeungMi on that trip. It is a mini reunion being with Yunhee and Jia as it may possibly be the last time for a long time that I…

Goosenecks

Update: On June 2, 2018 I visited San Miguel Mercado in Madrid where I encountered the Spanish goosenecks I learned about in the Human Planet episode I referenced in the original version of this article. According to a recent documentary I watched, Human Planet episode one, the Gooseneck barnacle is a delicacy men risk their…

Riding Buses with Koreans

It’s great to be Black and travel. It’s great traveling as a Black American. Living abroad has its benefits and as long as things go swimmingly I rarely have to think about the downside of living abroad whatever that may be. Then there are those rare occasions when something reminds me however that something is…

Weekend Getaway

Goodie is the sole proprietor of Goodie’s R&B Soul Bar in Fukuoka city. On any given day you can find him serving drinks and entertaining his guests while the smooth grooves of the likes of Marvin Gaye, Barry White, or the Temptations fill the room. The front door is located underground and is accessible via…

Musings

I recall watching Korea’s popular comedy show, Gag Concert, from the comfort of my cozy one room 아파트 (pronounced a-part-uh) many years ago. Prior to living in Korea, I had been warned that Koreans were passionate, i.e., slightly crazy. I had heard stories of angry girlfriends doing unthinkable things. I had personally witnessed a man…

Turn A New Leaf

It is time to start a new group. This time we will meet in iksan so this venture will be called the Iksan English Club. Marley Coffee is a fine establishment for our meetings. The manager is cool too. Join us every Friday at 7:30pm. Games and conversation. 원대 영어 회화 강사라내요. 영어 동냥 좀 해야…

Marley Coffee, Iksan

Oh yeah! There’s a Marley Coffee in Iksan! Marley Coffee touts its ethically grown coffee while providing excellent settings to enjoy it. I love the cool atmosphere here.