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 in exchange for accommodation, 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.


Peace Corps

Since February 2018, Adam and I have been serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Northern Zambia. Our primary project is rural aquaculture promotion, but we also do secondary projects in HIV/AIDS and malaria education, gender, conservation agriculture, agroforestry, nutrition, youth clubs, and more. We have had generally positive experiences so far and would happy to speak with future Peace Corps volunteers.  In the meantime, check out my Peace Corps-related posts.


Responsible Travel

When I first started to travel, I moved quickly, jumping from one hot spot to the next. My pace slowed considerably; now, I prefer to stay for longer in one spot to delve deeper into the culture. I strive to reduce waste as much as possible in addition to avoiding flights, bicycling, and taking public transportation. From volunteering on organic farms and permaculture properties via HelpX as well as having land to cultivate as a current Peace Corps volunteer, I have become passionate about growing and preserving food, protecting and nourishing the soil, capturing rainwater, and using only solar energy. My future dream is to cultivate a small community in a food forest and hold educational workshops while hosting travelers and volunteers. For now, I am traveling around in search of the perfect location for that, but haven’t been sold on any place yet. If anyone is also interested in such a lifestyle, feel free to contact me!

Another important aspect of responsible travel is respecting local people and their cultures. Living in a rural Zambian village made me hyper aware of my privilege and I try to avoid exploiting people’s images and stories. At the same time, it is important to share the truth and not perpetuate the idea that Africans are all living in poverty and that the West must “save” them. I am always keeping this in mind and continue to strike a balance between reflecting the truth while respecting people’s stories.


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, TaiwanAustralia, Zambia, and Malawi. More to come! My travels over the past 7 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?  Zambia


One Second Every Day Videos

Keeping up with writing articles can be challenging while on the road. I want to record and provide up-to-date information, but also want to remain present without using my electronic devices. One of the easiest ways to help jog my memory and document my travels is by capturing one second every day. I began making videos with the One Second Everyday app in 2014 and haven’t looked back. I have recorded one second of every single day since 2014. I cannot begin to describe how meaningful such a simple tool has been to me. First of all, it makes me appreciate every moment. Which second will I choose to represent the 86,400 of today? No matter how mundane or exciting, the moment I chose is what was representative of that day as it was. Each moment is unfiltered beauty. I occasionally look back at these videos to reminisce. If you are interested in watching these short videos (30 seconds – one minute) with captions briefly describing the month and appropriate links for your information, check them out here!


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 thoughts on “About

  1. zergsprincess says:

    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.

    • LB says:

      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. Ha Cory says:

    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

    • LB says:

      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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