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Kimchi and Korea

Start a conversation with anyone about South Korea, and chances are they will comment or question you about kimchi.  The Korean dining experience is incomplete without eating at least one of the several varieties of kimchi.  This traditional cuisine typically includes a pickled cabbage/relish spiked with garlic and red pepper.  Kimchi, along with rice, is a staple in the Korean diet.

Have I tried it?  Absolutely, thanks to my husband, who seems to know where all the good Korean restaurants are located in our California community.  From what I understand, many Koreans eat this dish at every meal.  My husband and I will fly to South Korea in a couple of weeks.  I’m looking forward to sampling a variety of kimchi in its country of origin.

Because kimchi is so much a part of traditional Korean culture, I thought it would be fitting to mention it in this first post.  I can assure you, however, that my experiences in the “Land of the Morning Calm” will involve much more than sampling cuisine.

I have launched this blog on the eve of my first trip to South Korea, where I will work as an English instructor at the college level.  This site will reflect my personal experiences in a Northeast Asian culture.  I will accompany my husband on this trip.  He will train Asian and African pastors at a graduate school, something he has done off and on for many years.   This trip will coincide with our second wedding anniversary.

My professional goal is to help my students become more confident in conversational settings involving English.  My personal goal is to learn conversational Korean (at the very least).  I also intend to learn a lot about the culture.  I’ve bought three books to help me study the language and the country, but the best teacher is simply to immerse myself in the culture.

I am a black American woman married to a white guy, and will be working in a homogeneous society.  I am certain those dynamics will add to the intrigue.

Blogging has been my passion for the past six years, so check this space periodically hear more from me about this beautiful country and its people.  This blog will serve as a journal about what will certainly be colorful experiences in a new land.    I invite you to follow my journey, and I welcome your comments.  To learn more about this writer, click on the “About Deb” tab.