There are different reasons why people become or choose to be an expatriate (or expat). Common reasons include: studying abroad, job relocation, they’ve met the love of their life who prefers to live somewhere else, some have fallen in love with a specific place and decided to live there, or maybe a mix and match of these. For my case, I moved to South Korea to pursue my Doctoral degree and I have been living here since February 2015. South Korea’s known reputation as one of the world’s biggest investors in research made me think there was nothing else I needed to consider but that. Although, there are some things I wish I knew before moving to South Korea. (Check out my previous post about it on my personal website.) A lot of information is available online but in this blog, I’d like to briefly summarize them to make it more accessible to first-timers. So here’s a quick guide to help you prepare for your own expatriation:
As a budget traveler, I appreciate nifty travel guides that can help me make the most out of every trip I do. I’ve lived in South Korea for a little over two years already and traveled to Seoul many times that I’ve lost count. And being an expat, you learn to take note of relevant tips here and there for your next visit. Here’s a list of tips that I often tell my friends who plan to visit Seoul.
There is no better way to immerse yourself in Korean culture than to indulge in their cuisine. Luckily, it’s not difficult to fall in love with Korean food. Most of us have already been swept away by Korean BBQ, but there’s more to K-food than just that. And if you’re a foodie, I’m sure you’d want to explore more of what Korean food has to offer. Here’s a list of dishes that I loved, which I’m sure most of you will too.
With the perfect blend of modern and traditional culture, Seoul has been one of the must-see tourist destinations in the world. But there’s a lot more to see in the land of the morning calm, here’s a worth-the-trip list of tourist destinations outside of Seoul.
Does anyone remember slam books? Do you remember what you wrote under the "what is your ambition" question? I do. I wrote, "I want to be a scientist."