November 30, 2013

Taco Amigo

As I have mentioned in multiple essays and reviews here at The Rock Traveler, I am a huge fan of Vatos Urban Tacos, which now has three locations in Seoul. While Vatos specializes in a unique fusion of Tex-Mex and Korean-Asian fare, it has gotten so big and so popular, it is sadly beginning to […]

October 23, 2013

The Adventures of Augie March

  The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow My rating: 3 of 5 stars   “Nobody asks you to love the whole world, only to be honest…” Is this the great American novel? I hate tags like that or attempts to declare any work of art “the best.” I would certainly not proclaim it […]

October 13, 2013

When in Korea

  When in Korea (WinK) is an adventure group that regularly books trips of all kinds throughout the country. After an amazing weekend in the Southwest corner of the peninsula, I can’t wait to book another trip with this fun and easy-going group. This particular weekend was a study in contrasts. Saturday was spent in […]

September 22, 2013

The Geography of Thought

  The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently… and Why by Richard E. Nisbett My rating: 4 of 5 stars     While this book certainly sheds a lot of light on the different approaches in the thinking of Easterners and Westerners (and the origins of both), that does not necessarily add […]

September 20, 2013

Jagalchi Fish Market

  Sometimes the best part about living in Korea and being centrally located in Daejeon is the easy freedom and simplicity of booking a train ticket to quickly take you someplace new or different. It is much like I imagine living in Europe somewhere and having that mythical and romantic-sounding creation, the “Eurail Pass.” There […]

September 12, 2013

The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner My rating: 2 of 5 stars Add this book to my quickly growing list of books and authors that are highly regarded yet deeply disappointing to actually read. I understand that it was different for its time and it is supposed to be a little challenging. I […]

September 1, 2013

Summer Break Pt.2: Kyoto

The nice feature in splitting this trip into two blog entries (aside from claiming to already be halfway done) is that, in visiting two major and historic cities, it was almost like having two uniquely different and separate vacations. One of the most memorable parts was certainly the ride linking the two via the Shinkansen Super […]

August 20, 2013

Summer Break Pt.1: Tokyo

So, my five-day Summer vacation to anywhere was seriously in danger of not happening after I lost my Passport somewhere on Jeju Island. Fortunately, I discovered the embarrassing travel faux pas (or potentially infuriating administrative nightmare) early enough to sort it out with the U.S. Embassy in Seoul before break time. Strangely, it seems that […]