reflections on my time in korea – and in the korean classroom

a korean learning journey (in japanese)

when i visited for the first time my first impression of korea that i remember the strongest was the smell once we left hongik university station. in korea, trash is just heaped up in plastic bags and left out on the street for the collectors to pick up at night and this, plus the pollution in the air wafting over from china was absolutely incredible. it reeked. and it was everywhere. i visited korea for the first time during the summer of last year. i visited seoul with two australian friends i had met while studying abroad and one friend’s sister. while we were in korea, we stayed in an airbnb in hongdae. this area is super famous as a shopping and entertainment district, and from the evening and late into the night amateur dancers hang out on the street and perform insanely well-choreographed and well-rehearsed dances to popular k-pop…

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