Coca-Cola Cherry

It wasn’t too long ago when one of my favourite colas of all time hit the shelves in Canada. It was called Cherry Coke, and it had one of the best commercials of all time.     Alas, Cherry Coke was doomed to fail in Canada, and the product was yanked off the shelves. Thankfully, I have been reunited with […]

A Cafe la Jelly

I suppose it should have been immediately apparent that this particular Korean delight would be terrible. Still, my curiosity got the better of me, and I found myself at the checkout of the 7-11 store below my apartment. I stared at the strange package in the elevator and noticed that the failed attempt at French should have been the first […]

The First Day of School

I used to think that heading to the first day of school was a nerve-wracking experience. I am reminded of a memory in which I am hurrying down the street of a suburban neighbourhood in Nova Scotia, frantically walking to keep up with my mother as we head to the school. We are late, as is customary in our family. […]

Space and Time

The last few days have been a blur. Streaking subway cars, masses of bodies with urban stoic faces, the midnight glow of bright neon lights stacked endlessly on the sides of buildings, luring you into their spaces. And yet space is limited. One of the most immediate effects of moving to a city like Seoul is that you are instantly […]

Hitting the Ground Running

It’s Friday, and I’m exhausted, but satisfied. Yesterday I wandered into the chaotic mass of bodies in the Seoul Metro Subway system and made my way across the city to Dogokdong, which is where my school is is situated along a long stretch of fir trees along the river. Dogokdong is beautiful, Gangnam being one of the most well-off parts […]

Waking Up in Seoul

A blur of events… You jam everything into a suitcase. In my case, that’s not a whole lot. The last few months have been a flurry of Kijiji sales and friend-to-friend giveaways, and my life has been compressed into a single suitcase and a backpack containing my MacBook a pair of headphones, a power adapter, and a few other assorted […]

A Sticker on the Eleventh Page

My passport sits on the small glass desk in front of me, the golden etchings of the Canadian Coat of Arms staring back. I’m a little freaked out right now. Inside the maple-leave backed pages, past the photograph of myself looking less than amused, I flip to the eleventh page and find myself staring at what is essentially a large, […]