My semester at Kyungduk Girls’ High School in Daegu, South Korea

The Daegu Metropolitan Office of Education recently held a workshop and dinner where they invited Native English Teachers who were involved in special after-school projects to give a presentation on their work. Here is my complete presentation: Download the PowerPoint presentation Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for having me here tonight. I […]

It’s not that time of the year without … silly hats! (Daily Post Photo Challenge)

Show us the one thing without which your holiday season could never be complete.   Since leaving university, I’ve had three Novembers in the Northern Hemisphere, and three in the South. In South Africa, November means sun, water, smiles breaking through the ice. It’s putting away the blankets and stretching your arms to the high […]

Autumn in Korea: Take a walk with me (Video)

Have I mentioned that I really love autumn in Korea? The way the leaves change colour and crunch beneath your feet as you walk to school. People get giddy for spring, and I admit, I’ve had my fair share of spring fever, but there is something about autumn that makes me smile, a deep, inside […]

That time I met Ngugi wa Thiong’o in Wonju, South Korea

  When my friend Palesa Mgidi first shared the news of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o winning the 2016 Pak Kyongni Prize on Facebook, we speculated over whether or not he would make the trip to receive the award in person. Palesa and I, both English teachers from South Africa living in Daegu, decided that we couldn’t […]

A festive (bookish) affair

  On Saturday, 29 October the Daegu Global Education Center hosted a spectacular event for the city’s elementary, middle and high school students – a book festival! Guest English teachers from all over the world came together to share stories from our home countries with students and their parents. There were traditional folk stories from […]

Video: Fun at the Suseong Lake Festival in Daegu, South Korea

  This weekend, my friends and I visited the Suseong Lake Festival in the Suseong-gu District of Daegu, South Korea. Suseong Lake is one of my favourite places in Daegu. There is always something going on, whether it’s live music all around the lake or taking a boat out on the water. In fact, I […]

On finding English books in South Korea (part 3) and a trip to Seoul

  Every time I go to Seoul, I threaten to move there for good. Seoul is the stuff that romantic old-time movies are made of. It’s modern and traditional at the same time, an otherworldly experience that sweeps me up and makes me want to write (bad) poetry. I suppose I’ll settle for prose. The […]