Archive for Category: "living abroad"
For as long as I can remember, my father has told stories about his summer-after-college backpacking adventure through Europe. I grew up hearing tale after tale of inviting hostels, friendly strangers, and exhilarating overnight train rides, all from “that summer in Europe.” When my parents moved my family to Germany when I was fourteen, I
Anyone who has traveled abroad before could attest to the fact that “personal space” isn’t always so spacious: particularly if you are a woman who happens to stand out in a crowd.
“This is my favorite place in London,” my boyfriend says, as we sit eating pizza at the Italian Coffee Company, which despite its name, is a pizza place where I have never seen anyone order coffee.
In South Korea, the ajumma (literally grandmother in Korean) or older woman is infamous among expats and locals alike. She is known for being aggressive, loud, and even mean. As one fellow expat commented, “Korean ajumma are like the grandmother who wants me dead.” I admit, I was taken aback when an ajumma pushed me in line