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Ms. MacDonald’s Happy life in Korea

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Agrafood : Could you please introduce yourself?

Ms. MacDonald : My name is Candice MacDonald. I’m a Canadian currently working here as a university professor of education. I’ve lived and worked in Daejeon and Seoul, and I’m also the writer and co-founder of the blog www.justenoughkorean.com

Agrafood : Ms. MacDonald why did you come to Korea?

Ms. MacDonald : In Canada I studied linguistics and education at graduate school, after which and I taught the French, Spanish, and English languages and some literature and culture classes at the university level. I came to Korea to teach and research and to experience Korean living here. I’ve been in Korea for two years now.

Agrafood : What’s your favorite Korean food and what kinds do you dislike?

Ms. MacDonald : My favourite thing about Korean food is the experience itself. I love going for Korean Barbecue; I enjoy Galbi and Samgyeopsal very much. I really enjoy cooking the meat and tasting all of the accompanying side dishes. It’s such a great cultural experience to see Korean families and friends gathering at restaurants, and to feel a part of this eating culture. But unfortunately I can’t cook any Korean food on my own. Korean food is mostly so very tasty that I have no dislikes!

Agrafood : What was you first impression of Korea?

Ms. MacDonald : One of the most impressive things to me about Korean culture after being here for two years is to notice the closeness of family life. It’s really nice to see such strong family ties and values here.

Agrafood : Do you hang out with Korean friends?

Ms. MacDonald : Yes, I have some Korean friends who have been very kind to me, and they have taught me a lot about Korean food!

Agrafood : In your opinion where is the best part of Korea for sightseeing and eating food.

Ms. MacDonald : I have travelled all over the country, and there are so many places and dishes that I’ve enjoyed. I’ve apprecaited the sightseeing in Gyeongju, Geojedo, Jeonju, Samcheok and Busan (especially Gwangalli Beach!). As for food, my favorite city to dine in is Seoul. The possibilities for trying Korean foods are endless and there are now many kinds of international represented in the capital. I enjoy it all from Asian fusion food in Myeongdong to traditional Western breakfasts in Gangnam, to authentic Mexican and Thai food in Itaewon and Greek food in Sinchon.

I plan to stay in Korea for another year to live, work, and travel, and I’m interested in learning more of the Korean language!

Living in Korea has been such a positive experience for me so much so that it motivated me to start a blog about how great it can be to live here. On our blog we try to inspire others to travel to Korea and to experience all sorts of different food that this beautiful country has to offer!

Park Sung Eun  parkse@agrinet.co.kr

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