A washer made by Samsung in South Korea.

Do I flush toilet paper down the toilet? How does the garbage system work? How do I turn on the fan? Where can I buy undershirts?

Anyone who has experienced living in a foreign country understands the importance of celebrating every achievement. No matter how big or small.

Successfully immersing myself into Korean culture is going to take one little step after another. I plan to celebrate every one.

Even though I have traveled extensively, I have never actually lived and worked in a country where English was not a dominating language. Everything in Korea is in Korean.


I knew it would be, but reality did not fully sink in until I was on my own. I feel like I am learning to walk again.

Finding my way to the grocery store, or figuring out how to run a washing machine by pushing a bunch of random buttons calls for celebration. Rejoicing in such tiny triumphs will help me not only survive, but thrive.

Do I bow to everyone? Do I make eye contact first, and then bow? Do I bow to the same person every time I see them throughout a day?

Still so many questions, but I have learned a lot.


JOIN CHASE: Closer to Korean
JOIN CHASE: Five-Minute Failure
JOIN CHASE: More Than Words
JOIN CHASE: Take a Minute
JOIN CHASE: To Want to Know
JOIN CHASE: What it Takes to Live in a Foreign Country


  1. I had the same revelation with my machine. The exhiliration I felt after finding the winning combination of buttons didn't last long though. The reality sunk in that I didn't remember what I did... until next time washing machine.

    1. HAHA! Aaron. So glad I'm not alone. Thankfully, my co-teacher just gave me a visual translation. It's incredible. I'll have to show you.


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