Katherine Fraser is a stylist who has throughout the US, Canada, and South Korea before settling in New York City.
Muuido (“do” means “island”) may be my favorite place in Korea. About an hour and a half outside of Seoul, it is easily accessible by public transportation. Well, it requires taking the train to a bus to a ferry, but the trip generally runs smoothly, takes about two hours from central Seoul, and costs only about 10,000 won all together. For such a small island, it has a wide range of beautiful beaches, hikes, and neighborhoods, as well as friendly people and a relaxed atmosphere.
Danielle Waxtan is an actress living in New York, NY.
Where were you?
I moved to Israel. First, I studied on a kibbutz near Hadera, then moved to Tel-Aviv.
I had been to Israel on organized trips throughout college; volunteering, touring, etc. I felt comfortable and excited there. I wanted to go back to experience the inclusiveness and electricity of the country. I wound-up studying Palestinian Arabic, Middle Eastern History, and Hebrew on the kibbutz, through MASA (a post-graduate program). When I was not in class, I was volunteering with an elementary school in Ar’ara, directing their first English play for the after school ESL program. It was an eye-opening time in my life.
Liz Engels is an Organizer for the SEIU living between Los Angeles, CA and Minneapolis, MN. We discussed her time living in Bolivia, where she studied, volunteered, and traveled.
Where did you travel?
I lived in Bolivia for seven months in 2012. I lived in the northern (rich) part of the Cochabamba for 3 months and the southern (poor) part of the city for 4 months. I also traveled to La Paz, Santa Cruz, Chiquetenia, Rurabake, and many other small towns. For the most part, I lived in Bolivia so I could learn Spanish. I took Spanish classes at a Catholic mission for my first three months, while volunteering with an organization called Maryknoll, then volunteered with a variety of organizations for the second 4 months.
Was it important to learn Spanish?
It was very necessary. English speaking is not at all common there. However, its a really great place to learn Spanish because the dialect, I’m told, is easy to understand and they speak slowly. I think that’s in part because Spanish is many people’s second or third language there since there are huge populations of Aymara and Quechua people.
Leslie Golden is a chef, food stylist, and producer living in Brooklyn, NY.
Where did you travel?
We went to Reykjavic, Iceland in January, 2011. We wanted to go someplace that had a city, nightlife, and art to see as well as natural adventures. We only had about ten days to travel so we also liked the idea that in a short amount of time we would be able to see a lot (most) of the country. Continue reading “Leslie in Iceland”