I’m the face of this blog here. I’ve worked at CNN Travel and The Korea Times as a journalist and now I freelance for CNN and write a weekly travel column on The Korea Times. The background of this blog is pretty simple: live, love and travel. I share my travels, food diaries, recipes and daily life with my husband G.
I like learning new things and digging a bit deeper (journalistic habits, I suppose) so I’ll also share some quirky facts about random things, things like “which is fatter, gelato or ice cream?” (it’s ice cream) or “What’s the difference between green and black olives?” (they are basically the same, just different ages). Being married to an Italian, I tend to throw in my take on Italian culture and my own Korean roots. For a more in-depth introduction, keep reading!
I was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Lawrence, Kansas until I was about eight. My first language was actually both English and Korean, although it was more me listening to my parents speak Korean and me answering in English.
I moved back to Seoul and had a hard time at school because my Korean wasn’t good enough. I don’t remember much about my first school year in Seoul, except that I had to stay behind a bit to check on what exactly the homework was and I always wondered why I couldn’t go to the bathroom when I wanted to.
I was pretty determined to become a reporter for a newspaper some day, so I started writing articles for my high school’s English newspaper, and then came the journalism major at university and after that, staff reporter at English daily The Korea Times.
I loved my job. Every second of it. Even the night shifts and Sunday shifts. After four years, I decided to take the next step, which led me to CNN Travel. Now I’ve moved on as a freelance journalist focusing on travel, food and lifestyle in Stuttgart, Germany.
I’m pretty easy-going when it comes to travel and lifestyle but when it comes to food, I take my opinions very seriously. I enjoy trying out new places and cuisines and do it quite often, but I’m pretty hardcore when it comes to the quality. I prefer choosing the food over the atmosphere (which means if the food is good, I can turn a blind eye on the ugly furniture or interior) and especially when it comes to cuisines I’m rather fond of and use to (mostly Italian and Asian), I can be a little harsh sometimes. That’s what restaurant reviews are for, oder?
All of the photos, unless stated at the bottom of a post, are mine and I intend to keep it that way.
Welcome again and I hope you enjoy!
9.27.2013. (Happy birthday, Mom)