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A relaxing vacation...

Posted by Ava Larkin on Friday, February 1, 2013, In : Travels in South Korea 

Jordan and I eating ribs with Seo Yun and Jeyong in Andong

School is soon to resume, which I'm looking forward to.  My vacation was relaxing and fairly uneventful, which as many of you know, is not a good way for me to function.  And, in fact, makes me feel like I'm about to crawl out of my skin.  So, the gym and a couple forays into uncharted cooking territories along with the purchase of some much needed new workout clothes and shoes helped ease my temporary feelings of discontent.  This wee...
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Final portrait painting for Oppa

Posted by Ava Larkin on Saturday, December 1, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 
So, as a thank you for all the awesome things oppa has done for me I decided to paint his portrait in ink on watercolor paper.  He loved the pencil sketch I did, but it was too small and too rapidly drawn to warrant framing and hanging on his wall.  Today I spent half the day rendering this for him... hopefully he likes it! 



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Who needs worms in tequila when you have fire ants and bees in soju?

Posted by Ava Larkin on Saturday, December 1, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 

Oppa Choi shakes the bee soju

This week was one awesome experience after another and oppa wouldn't have it any other way.  The other night he took us out to dinner for sogogi, again.  Afterwards he invited us to his office, which is located in downtown Yecheon.  When we walked through the door there were shelves lining one wall completely filled with an assortment of glass vessels.  Each jar held some sort of root, plant, or insect that was fermenting in liquid.  They looked like a b...

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Yo American Men! Why haven't you thought of this???

Posted by Ava Larkin on Thursday, November 29, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 



The other night oppa took Jeyong, Lee, Jordan, and me out to dinner for fresh BBQ'd eel.  First of all, I have to say the Japanese Unagi have NOTHING on how the Koreans serve eel up.  Seriously... KILLER!  Each of us were served at least half an eel, cut into bite sized morsals, baked to a crisp mouth-melting perfection and then drizzled with a light sweet plum sauce.  Yes.... yum. 

Afterwards, oppa took us to a traditional Korean tea house where we had a variety of delicious herbal...


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Celebrating Thanksgiving in Korea Japanese American Guam style

Posted by Ava Larkin on Friday, November 23, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 

 Confused much?  Cuz I am LOL.  Actually, my Korean friend Mr. Choi asked to go out on another date and so, we rounded up Jeyong (One of my Korean male friends that speaks great English and I hang out with all the time) and Lee (my soju drinking buddy/partner in crime/sister in another life) and headed for Andong.  As most of you know I have a love for speed and things that go fast.  So, having been moseying around the countryside at speeds that would make my grandma wanna pull out her shotgu...
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Jagalchi Fish Market Video

Posted by Ava Larkin on Thursday, October 25, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 

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It's only a typhoon for crying out loud...

Posted by Ava Larkin on Monday, September 17, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 

Jordan and I on the bus

So, the week went by without any hitches.  Towards the end of the week, Nina, Jordan, Jonah, and I realized we'd spent every evening together and were also planning on a trip to Daegu over the weekend.  I think it's safe to say, we've all become good friends LOL. 

We celebrated Jordan's birthday in style with lots of drinking on his Korean birth day, a cake from the Paris Baguette, and another round of dinner and beverages on his American birth day :P.  Besides th...


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First day on the job...

Posted by Ava Larkin on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 

Heur had me meet him in front of the Tae Kwon Do school in the morning.  From there we headed to Yongmoon Elementary via a beautiful, long and winding road through the Yecheon countryside.  There were farms with fruit and rice to one side and the other traced the outskirts of the Nakdonggang River.  The road meanders gracefully through the small towns and as we passed the sloping foothills of the mountains I could see ancient pagodas, Buddah, and historic markers peaking out among the foliage...


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Getting to Korea...

Posted by Ava Larkin on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 



Sunday morning around 4:30 saw me crawling into the truck with mom and dad.  I was so happy that both of them took me to the airport, but cried like a complete dork when kissing them goodbye.  The plane trip went smoothly, until I got to Korea and found out my bags were still in NYC.  Thankfully, my bags will be delivered to my school tomorrow morning. 



Monday night I arrived to Incheon Airport in Seoul and the hostel my agency had booked turned out to be pretty great!  It was right ne...

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Ava Larkin Artist, Sculptor, Singer, Language Freak, Motorcycle Enthusiast, and about everything in between... currently teaching English in South Korea. http://motojezebelle.tumblr.com/