Tagged with life in Seoul

Do you know the meaning of the Korean flag?

Do you know the meaning of the Korean flag?

Before coming to South Korea I did not know much about this country and every day of life here is a discovery of some new facts and interesting anecdotes  about this culture. This weekend the Korean flag is up on every mast and even on cars around Seoul (and around the country) as yesterday (15th August) was South … Continue reading

How old are you? Which age? Korean age?

How old are you? Which age? Korean age?

“How old are you?” I ask my new local acquaintance. I ask this question timidly; while I am wincing a little inside as I push my cemented cultural boundaries which have taught me that age is a private matter and certainly not something to ask someone you don’t know so well, I know that I will not be considered rude. I am in a bar on a night out in mid-week sleepless Seoul; inquiring about age to someone you have recently met is as routine as exchanging comments about the weather in the UK; Continue reading

Expat life in Seoul – the beginning

Expat life in Seoul – the beginning

I didn’t know what to expect of Seoul.

My very first experience with this sprawling metropolis was in December 2013. I was there for a two-weeks holiday but in my mind I was already evaluating it as a place to live as I knew I would be coming back a short while later to make it my home.

It was not love at first sight. As I looked at the cityscape spreading in front of me from the big window of our lounge in our swanky, modern flat on the 13th floor of a block in the borough of Gangnam I felt a little pang. The view was pretty but there was nothing in this comfortable flat or the streets downstairs that made me feel at home. Continue reading