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6 steps to an exciting lazy weekend in Seoul

6 steps to an exciting lazy weekend in Seoul

One of the perks of living overseas is that even an ordinary unplanned lazy weekend can transform into an exciting adventure; life in Seoul is no exception. Here is a quick recipe for a great weekend. Tried and tested. 1. Lazy breakfast Indulge in a lazy brunch: The Flying Pan in Gangnam, at the bottom of … 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