It happened

The heat broke like a fever. From dawn to dusk today there was no hint of muggy uncomfortable warmth. I write this as I sit in front of my open window in my apartment, letting the breeze wash over me like the healing balm that it is. I haven’t felt this in months, this perfectly pure, immaculate, untainted cool air. It smells like fall. As always, I didn’t realize how much I needed this until it came back.

I know the heat will return before it’s gone for good, probably with a vengeance. But this day is a promise of so many better days to come.


New Year, New Theme

I had no words left for 2016, really, so I just gave up.

But now it’s 2017 and we’re off to a promising start! I gave my blog the revamping I’ve been wanting to for a long time. I semi-hated my old theme because the posts felt so in-your-face and expansive, with no functionality for a proper sidebar even though there was tons of blank space on either side.

Now I’ve got the blog look and feel I’ve always dreamed of (or occasionally pondered, anyway).

I mean, just side-by-side screenshots of the old vs. the new clearly tells you which is the superior theme. Am I right? (just say I’m right)

I’ve also changed the fonts and now they’re much more to my liking. Heck, my header font is called Abril Fatface. You can’t get much better than that. I know the ‘face’ refers to ‘font face’ and the ‘fat’ refers to ‘bold,’ but come on, it’s a funny name.

I won’t say I’ve made any resolutions to blog more this year (because I haven’t), but 2017 is giving me positive vibes already, so let’s stay optimistic.

Happy New Year!

A week of posts?

Yes. It’s happening.

This week.

During my ample deskwarming time, I spruced up / edited down several of the more rambly, less event- or experience-specific posts that have been sitting in my drafts folder for days, weeks, or months. And since now is as good a time as any, I’ve scheduled them to be published one per day, at 9:00 a.m. Korean time on the dot, from now to Friday. (Well, today I already published a post, so from Tuesday to Friday.)

No turning back now.

Stay tuned for really exciting fantastic insights and stuff. or something like that. for those of you who care.

some of you care, right?…


heh heh…

that’s okay if you don’t care. i don’t really care either. i just want these posts to get out of my drafts folder.


1 year of blogging!

And 1 year of Korean life.

I’ve surprised myself by not giving up on it.

The blog, that is.

I won’t give up on us, Korea. We’ve survived that weird rough “so you’re not perfect after all” phase after the honeymoon stage ends, so let’s keep going strong. But please do your part. Don’t bombard me with lung-hocking ajeosshis and jjim and mold and things of that nature. Love, Maddy

Anyway, technically my first post was Feb 28th, 2015… but today is Leap Day which didn’t even exist last year, so it still counts.

Just like this time last year, I’ve just moved in to a new place and am feeling great trepidation about beginning a new year of teaching Korean kids. (Like, did last year really happen? What subject do I teach again? Remind me how I got through all the last minute schedule changes and the stress of lesson planning? IS IT TIME FOR SUMMER VACATION YET?)

At least this year I didn’t get lost at night and almost die of exposure. That’s always a plus.

Korea Year 2 – 시작!

new year’s eve and statistics

It doesn’t feel like New Year’s Eve in Korea, probably because it’s just another day for most people here. Jan 1 isn’t that big of a deal; instead, Koreans have a huge holiday/celebration on the Lunar New Year, 설날 (Seollal) (which this year falls on Feb 8).

Everyone has to come to school today for the Official Last Day; no classes, just, I dunno, paperwork and meetings and ceremonies and stuff. None of which I have to attend. But then I do get the day off tomorrow for New Year’s Day, so that’s nice.

In other news, it seems that my blog has accumulated all kinds of statistics this year. And it seems that WordPress has made a cute little report about them all.

Things like:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,200 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

So that’s pretty cool.


The busiest day of the year was March 13th with 72 views. The most popular post that day was Invisible Neighbors.

Why that day and post were so popular, I have no idea. It wasn’t even an interesting post.

Anyway, you can see all the stats here. You know, if you want.

The struggle is real

In lieu of K-pop artist of the week (sorry if anyone was looking forward to that – I just don’t have time this weekend!)…

Fellow Korean language learners, I’m sure you can relate to this video – empathizing with Dan’s pronunciation blunders and drooling jealously over Dave’s awesome Korean ability.

And even if you’re not learning Korean, perhaps, like me, you will end up crying with laughter by the time the video is over.

An Introduction


This is essentially a blog for my family and friends who would like to read about my life in Korea.

However, if anyone is reading this who is NOT my family or friend, that’s cool too. We can be friends.

My plan is to post semi-regularly, maybe weekly or bi-weekly depending on how busy I am once I start teaching. I may upload some (poor quality) photos and videos from my phone here too, and then maybe some nicer quality ones when I get a camera. Hopefully between this blog and whatever I post on social media, I can create a nice little digital scrapbook of my time here.

Here’s to Korean adventures and misadventures alike. 건배!