Okay most places don't drink alcohol for breakfast, but outside North America beer and liquor are so normal it's okay to drink at a business lunch meeting. In Germany and Austria, beer is a treasured and time-honored tradition. They take great pride in their breweries, often going so far as to remain loyal to their … Continue reading Cultural Wednesday: Alcohol for Breakfast
A lot of shit went down in Korea in the last week. Earlier, I posted about saving face in Asia and that point when it goes too far. Well, shitty people have struck again (and they'll never stop, according to history), and even Korea is in an uproar this time.
This last weekend I dog-sat probably the best behaved dog I've ever had the pleasure to host. His name is Gir and he is from America. We took long walks along the river. We cuddled in bed. We adventured to Pohang. We had an overall fabulous time. During our time together, I came to notice things … Continue reading Cultural Wednesday: Canine Companions
I won't ever forget the day I taught stereotypes to my Austrian high school students. We had a list of things on the board to describe Americans (fast food, fat, patriotic...ahem), and then it was time to lay down some ideas about Austria.
When I lived in Germany, I had a moment of holy-shit realization while walking home alone one night. There are no flags flying. I was shuffling through my university campus, holding my jacket tighter and trying not to trip over a mole hill, as this constant rhythm followed me. Clink ... clink ... clink ... I looked up … Continue reading Cultural Wednesday: Anti-Nationalism
A police department in Seoul, South Korea, posted a response on Facebook to a rape victim's "lies" on a GoFundMe page in order to "straighten the facts." The post detailed facts about an ongoing investigation as well as gave the victim's personal information. The rape victim, a traveler from Australia, did not find out about the post until she saw it on social media.
Right now, I live in South Korea, and it has an abundance of strange-to-me behaviors present in its cultural ideal. Let's tackle a couple of them: 1. Stealing isn't a thing. 2. Single mothers and adoption.