There and Back Again: Confessions of an Ex-Expat

Between 2010 and 2014 I left Canada to live and work in Seoul, South Korea. I returned to Canada in 2014 after three months of touring Southeast Asia. Here’s why I’m going back to this part of the world that I can’t get out of my head.

The Inconvenient Truth of Dirty Foreigners

An update on Racist MPC Story on Foreigners.

The Angry Foreigner

If you’ve lived in a foreign country for long enough, chances are you’ve run into the “angry foreigner” at some time or other. Why does it happen? What can you do about it?

Never Trust a Cell Phone

There’s a reason why expats need to learn some basic language skills in their host country. Here’s why you should never trust a cell phone.

Christmas in Korea

For the first time in my life I find myself far, far from home on Christmas. While I’ve only been away for less than six months, my previous existence back home now seems like a vague and fuzzy hallucination. It’s a strange feeling when mixed with a holiday that evokes the most vivid of memories. […]

All Eyes on the Quiet Metropolis

Four months have evaporated into the aether of time. I count off the months not in days or weeks but what, to the senses, are merely flashing moments of surrealism. How long have I lived on the other side of the world? Seconds? Weeks? Months? Really? Yesterdays are collecting like old clothes in the attic. […]

Two Weekends

Time slides by quickly. Weekdays pass like a sequence of flashes, the perpetuum mobile of teaching, I suppose. In the daytime, there is hardly a minute that passes in which I’m not engaged in some sort of activity either with the kids or while I’m running errands like sending off mail or getting coffee to […]

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 […]