Category: Travel

10 Selfish Reasons I Wish for Peaceful Resolution in Korea

10 Selfish Reasons Why I Wish for Peaceful Resolution in Korea   I started to write a disclaimer. I stopped and decided to make the disclaimer the concluding number on the list, out of respect. People offer their lives and their service protecting their countries. That’s the highest form of sacrifice and something I would

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Daily Wins

Daily Wins   It’s important to win every day. … I hope that opening line grabbed you. I’m going to assume it did. That’s a win for me. … Typically when you hear the term “moral victory”, you picture athletically challenged kids–nerds–and you picture them getting participation trophies. “Everybody-wins” probably also comes to mind. You

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Coffee House Guidelines (for hipsters and alphas)

Coffee Shop Rules *** I was in a Starbucks in Daegu, South Korea today. I witnessed a middle aged woman protest in vehemence and send back her coffee order. There wasn’t any English spoken, but I knew what she was saying. I knew I hated her… It prompted this post, which I hadn’t considered writing

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Korean 101

Again, sorry for the delay between posts. March in Asia is a busy time for me: Gonzaga is in the Final Four and I’m learning Karate from a weathered janitor who says he’s legit. … Sadly, I am not yet fluent in Korean. I was eager, initially, assuming upon arrival a few conversations with locals

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Donghwasa Temple

Donghwasa Temple ***Sorry for the delay between posts. March Madness started and I have been locked in. Korean basic cable does not provide coverage, so I have had to watch on my computer. … I have a friend who recently told me that I was taking too long to get into the substance of my

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Korean Baseball (Part Two: Exhibition Game)

Korean Baseball (Part Two: Exhibition Game)   Yesterday I watched seven innings of a baseball game in Korea. The Samsung Lions played at their home stadium against a team from a city I can’t pronounce. On a brisk day, the stands were sparsely filled. It was cold, and things moved a little slower. Still, there

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First 48: Thoughts and Observations From My First 2 Days in Korea

That “First 48” Title was catchy, I know. … Since my arrival here, a lot has happened. It has been a full two days; comprised of acclimation and observation. Some things have been disconcerting while others have been pleasant. Everything is new, though, and that is what I love. The notes below are taken from

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Farewell to Okinawa; an Ode

This won’t be an ode. Not per the actual definition, anyways. I can’t form lyrics and poems are hard. Tribute below (culturally/grammatically flawed): I’ve been here for nearly a month. That is a long time. Certain people have endeared themselves to me. The views and the sounds are things I look forward to every day.

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Baton Rouge, a Tribute

“You don’t know a good thing until it is gone.” I’ve heard people say that before. Usually they’re distressed country singers or hipsters looking for traction on Instagram. It seems to be grounded in some pretty sound logic, though. Basically, don’t overlook something that is right in front of you. Don’t take things for granted.

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Too Cold for the Beach

After about seven beers, you can go in the water. Before that, it is too cold. This morning, I tried. Like I said, too cold. The beer helped, though, because of the pee. … The water here is gorgeous. That cannot be said enough. It is a sharp blue that is unmistakably inviting. It is

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Ping Pong in Japan

Sometimes, in sports, greatness presents itself. Sometimes. It is rare. … I walked into the Okinawa Sheraton lobby-gameroom. I was better than everyone. I hadn’t played yet, but I knew it. They knew it too… … The scene is initially murky. There is a haze that forms; tangible. It is ominous and foreboding. It is

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Loving-Kindness Abroad (Japan)

I don’t want to get into the habit of making disclaimers or opening remarks. It’s kind of like having to explain a joke after you tell it… Or the exact opposite, because this is happening on the front end. Whatever. Read my previous post (basics of meditation) if you want any background or are curious

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