Author Archives: Clare Hartwieg

About Clare Hartwieg

My name is Clare Hartwieg. I come from Ireland and I'm a GET (Guest English Teacher) at a middle school in South Korea. So far I love Korea. I love the fast pace of life, the food, the bright lights, the warm and generous people – I even love my job! Please follow my blog and share my posts if you are interested in hearing about my adventures in South Korea!

So you’re going to teach middle school in South Korea

They don’t make greeting cards for this type of situation but if they did, they would undoubtedly be sympathy cards. Middle school is renowned for being the toughest kind of EPIK job, so if you have just found out you’ll … Continue reading

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5 small struggles of being an Irish person in Korea

My apologies for the drought in blog posts over the past few months! My only explanation is that I have been doing other stuff and haven’t really been in the mood to blog. I did sometimes think ‘Maybe I should … Continue reading

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Five sentences that only make sense in Korea

Language tells us so much about a culture. Just for fun, here are five sentences that  can provide little snapshots of Korea. 1. I’m in the mood for a nice bit of Chimek Sometimes I play a game with my … Continue reading

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Ireland vs. Korea: Weddings!

Even though I have difficulty picturing myself getting married (any time soon at least) I am a huge fan of weddings. The excitement, the romance, and most important of all, the cake. So when I was invited to the wedding … Continue reading

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Six things I noticed when I went back to Ireland

My body clock said 5am, but it was 6pm in London. I was at Heathrow Airport, about to take the last leg in my three flight, 20 hour odyssey from Busan to Dublin. I had eye bags that should have … Continue reading

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The never ending journey: Ireland to Korea in 10 million hours

My granny used to say that everything that happens in life is ‘grist for the mill’. With that in mind, I decided to use my eventful trip from Dublin to Busan last weekend as material for this blog post. This … Continue reading

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Everything you need to know about packing for Korea

This post is inspired by a chat I recently had with someone who is moving from Ireland to Korea next month, about what’s available in Korea and what she should bring from home. Unfortunately she was just as confused as … Continue reading

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