Spending Winter in Seoul…

I spent the winter of 1997/’98 in Seoul. I hadn’t known anything about Korean weather at all before I went. I knew nothing about Korea. Nothing, like I wrote in my first blog post. I had borrowed an old book that described some facts about Korea from my city’s public library in July of 1997… Continue reading Spending Winter in Seoul…

Men and women…

For a long time, I have wanted to write about what I noticed in regard to males and females while I lived in Seoul. There is a personal case of sexual harassment I experienced while I was there that I should write about as well. I have been afraid to describe most of it because… Continue reading Men and women…

Different Food…”Culture Shock”

I remember hearing about the term “culture shock” soon after I arrived in Korea. Well, I thought about this as I was so very much in shock from the vast difference between my remote little province in Atlantic Canada and the highly populated, busy place I found myself in. It was too hot and it… Continue reading Different Food…”Culture Shock”

Seoul in 1997-98…Part 8

Namdaemun Market…. Soon after my arrival in Seoul in 1997, the Korean people told me about a huge indoor/outdoor market that I had to see. They described how many vendors came from rural areas and brought their produce there to sell to tourists and city-dwellers, and they described how these farmers started in the night,… Continue reading Seoul in 1997-98…Part 8

Seoul in 1997…Part 7

Chogyesa Temple… Just southeast of the North gate was another temple, considered to be the main Buddhist temple in Korea. The richest one. Even though it was the richest one, it wasn’t as nice as Bongeunsa and wasn’t as nice as other ones I’ve seen in other places there, really. But I found it by… Continue reading Seoul in 1997…Part 7

At First….

I didn’t know anything. I knew nothing about Korea. Perhaps that was best. Here I was on a plane from Canada to Seoul. It was my first time on a plane and I didn’t know anyone in Korea or anyone on the plane. I was completely alone and didn’t mind. I was used to doing… Continue reading At First….