About

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Hi. I’m a Korean-American adoptee but I always thought I was just American. Until I went abroad.

I started this blog to document my first travels abroad upon graduating university in 2010. My best friend and I took a backpack and gallivanted around Thailand before I went to Korea solo, the first time being back since I was sent to America as an infant. That summer sparked a deep yearning for me to return to Korea and attempt to understand all of the confusion I experienced.


AdoptionKorean birth family

In 2012, I reunited with my birth family. We didn’t know anything about each other for 24 years until I got an important letter. It turns out my birth family wanted to find me, too. So, I went to Korea and met them. It’s more complicated than that.

People express interest in my story and luckily, I am pretty open about it. It isn’t always easy being an adoptee, let alone in Korea. So I want to use this as a platform to safely share my experiences.


TeaEnglish Teacher in Koreaching English

From 2012-2015, I taught English in Gwangju, South Korea for three years and loved it. When I wasn’t in school, I was working on passion projects and my many hobbies/personal development challenges! Living in Korea taught me quite a lot and I’m sharing with you what it’s like to teach in Korea and the daily life there.

I also taught in Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan and Sydney, Australia.


Meaningful Travel on a Budget

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Since September 2015, my boyfriend, Adam, and I have been traveling slowly in India, Southeast Asia, and Australia. We seek to immerse ourselves with the local community through CouchSurfingvolunteering, and housesitting. We’re rich in experiences but still maintaining a $15 a day budget. I have a whole bunch of tips on how you can also travel full-time in Asia while paying less than rent in most U.S. cities alone! Yes, we even manage to spend less than $20 average per day while traveling in Australia!

We’re currently working on a new website to share travel stories and real conversations with real humans on important issues. The project is in its infancy now, but you can check it out: AdamAndLianne.com.


Sustainable Travel

My latest obsession has been in sustainability and how to travel with a minimal carbon footprint. More on this topic in the future!


This blog had different names over the past few years, but I ultimately decided that my name is most suitable. This is not a travel blog giving you “The Best 10 Beach Destinations in The World” kind of information. I hope to connect with readers from human to human.

Read a detailed post about my background and why I chose to live abroad.

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Where have I been?

Korea, Mongolia, Philippines, India, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Australia. More to come! My travels over the past 4 years have been slow and intentional. I am not trying to get as many stamps on my passport as possible — rather, I prefer to stay in one place for longer, quality explorations of the local area.

Where am I now? Tokyo, Japan


If you have any post requests, want to work with me, ask about adoption, share a story, sing a song, or just say hello, please don’t hesitate to contact me! I’m always looking to connect with people, hear feedback, and continually grow.

Oh, and I’m Lianne. Or 김윤희. I respond to both now. Nice to meet you.

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7 comments

  1. Hello,

    I’m really enjoying your blogging adventures in Gwangju and your Banana Bread site ^_^

    I’m a fellow Korean American and usually stay in Seoul when I visit. Never been to Gwangju though, recommend it ?

    I see you’re a fellow CSer, *thumbs up*

    Look forward to more of your postings.

    • Hello! Thanks for coming to my blog! Seems like we have a lot in common 🙂 I would most definitely recommend you travel outside of Seoul. Korea is such a beautiful country with so much to offer. Seoul is great, too, but so different from the rest of the country. You can CouchSurf with me in Gwangju 🙂 My profile is http://cs.liannebronzo.com

  2. Hey there,

    My name is Ha Cory. I’m also a Korean-American adoptee living in Jeonju. I stumbled on your blog by chance, and thought your story was quite fascinating.

    It’d be super rad if we got a cup of coffee sometime or something. Maybe you can venture up to Jeonju, or I can come down to Gwangju sometime. I’d love to hear some more of your thoughts. Sorry if that sounds super creeper ^^.

    Best wishes,

    Cory

    • Hello! Thanks for reading. It is not creepy at all, I love connecting with others. That is one reason I have this blog!

      I was just in Jeonju this past weekend actually while a friend (adoptee from Minnesota) was visiting. My birth parents live there, so I usually go there once a month or so to see them. When I’m there, however, they treat me like a child so I usually don’t venture off on my own without them in Jeonju. So if you ever find yourself in Gwangju, I’d love to meet up and chat!

      Lianne

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