Category Archives: Everyday life

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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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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Makgeolli and crisps: my first Christmas in Korea

I am a youngest child, and will be the first to admit that we can be a very privileged and annoying species. This is more true at Christmastime than ever: we get esteemed jobs like putting the star on the … Continue reading

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You can’t go home again

I recently learned a new word, ‘hiraeth’. This is a Welsh word with no direct English translation. It describes a yearning to return home, when ‘home’ no longer exists and perhaps never did. It’s the worst type of yearning because, … Continue reading

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Ireland vs. Korea: Where we come home to

A lot of my friends back home have asked me what my apartment in Korea is like and how it differs from Irish homes. I can understand this curiosity – before I moved to Korea I tried to picture myself … Continue reading

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