When she’s not penning well-written articles for Chincha or Seoulist, Julia Bass is updating her followers on her own humorously titled blog. A chronicle of her life in Korea, bassenyourseatbelt has naturally developed into a compelling online journal, with interesting and unaffected observations on what it’s like to live in Korea as a foreign teacher. Julia is also fond of a pun or two, and her picture captions alone are worth ambling over to wordpress to ‘bassen your seatbelt’ for an hour or so. A word of warning though: her jealousy-inducing updates on her active social life may leave you feeling a little too inspired to get out there and make the most of your weekends.

Chincha: How long have you been in Korea and what are you doing here?

Julia: I’ve been in Korea for about seven months now—sometimes that number feels really long, sometimes it feels like no time has passed. I came to Korea to teach ESL, but my blog has taken on a mind of its own and I’m also a contributor at Seoulist and Chincha?!

C: Why did you start a blog?

J: So many reasons. I wanted to keep a record of my life here, and simultaneously share my experiences with everyone at home. Since arriving, I’ve fallen in love with Korean culture and now am very insistent on sharing it with people outside the peninsula who know very little about it. Apparently people in Korea like reading it, too!

C: What’s been your favorite blog post so far?

J: Hmm that is hard to choose…looking back they’re all so different! My post about K-Pop is up there because most of my friends in the states didn’t know anything about it, and after writing about it they wanted more goodness. I did a lesson with my students about superstitions, and they shared Korean superstitions with me, and I shared them with my readers—that was a cool concept. I also liked writing about the wedding dress café because it was one of the funniest things I’ve done in Korea, and themed cafes in Korea are so awesome.

C: Do you have any particular blog-writing inspirations that you can share with us?

J: Being active and passionate about seeing Korea is the best way to find inspiration—new experiences make me want to write. I read lots of blogs about Korea, like Chincha?!, Seoulist, Seoul Gig Guide, Seoul Grid, and Korea Clickers. Travel sites like Lonely Planet and CNN Go are also wonderful. It may sound cheesy, but Facebook and Twitter have been great sources of information; I recommend liking and following as many Korea-based magazines, websites, institutions, and bands as possible. I also love the other bloggers of the week that we have covered!

C: Any tips for other K-bloggers?

J: Write about the things you do that you love, and the rest will come naturally.

C: What’s your favorite place in Seoul?

J: The arts fair in the Hongdae Park that happens every Saturday during the summer. I can’t wait for those to start again!

C: What places do you want to visit in Korea? Can you also recommend us some places you’ve already been?

J: I still need to go to Jeju Island and Busan—those are such important places to visit, I feel like I can’t even begin to name all the other places I want to go! I highly recommend going to Gyeongju and visiting smaller Korean cities—Seoul is wonderful, but it’s far from “traditional Korea.”

C: What’s been your best experience in Korea so far?

J: Living in a rural Korean city, Yeoju, has been the best way to experience this country. It’s very different from Seoul, in that there aren’t the same western influences everywhere you go, like restaurants and English-translated signs. Yeoju has beautiful temples, parks, and is famous for ceramics, so there’s a lot to do here that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.

C: Finally, the most important question – favorite K-pop band??

J: 2NE1. They have badass style.

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