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So much to do, so little time

I feel like I won’t have time to do or try everything I wanted here even though it’s not even the halfway of the semester yet. I feel like every weekend has already been fully booked for the next month or so and the plans are badly overlapping. Apparently four months isn’t enough for one country or even one city to fully experience it. I’m feeling like the time is running out. I even had a nightmare the other day that I suddenly had to return back to Finland without experiencing the things I wanted.

I’m still wondering where is the culture shock I should have experienced by now. From the day one I’ve been feeling very comfortable here in South Korea and the feeling hasn’t changed. I’m falling in love with this country and its people more and more every day.

When I first arrived to South Korea I felt very familiar after being to Japan before – the same brands, neon lights, concrete, night life, karaoke boxes… But soon I started to realize that it’s actually a lot different here than in Japan. The mentality of Korean and Japanese people is different – I’m not saying that the other nation is somehow better than the other, but they surely are different. I love both Korea and Japan and their people just the way they are.

I truly wish I had studied the Korean language more before I came here. Even though I’m studying Korean now, I feel like my progress is very slow because I’m using English a lot. I also feel like when I actually can make a conversation in Korean it’s time for me to leave this country. It really is a pity.

Here's a mix of Korean and Japanese culture - Japanese udon noodles with Korean spices.

Here's a mix of Korean and Japanese culture - Japanese udon noodles with Korean spices.

Neon lights of Seoul.

Neon lights of Seoul.

Traditional Korean houses in Seoul.

Traditional Korean houses in Seoul.

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