Category Archives: Korea

Retrospective, Part II

Here’s the second part of my retrospective look at my sabbatical year. The first part focused on more higher level issues, but this one is more about practical stuff for those planning or thinking about a sabbatical themselves. It’s not … Continue reading

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Retrospective, Part I

During one year you can learn quite a lot and make many observations of the different cultures that you live in. This post serves as kind of a retrospective look on the year, focusing mainly on life in general, experiences … Continue reading

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On Technology

Technology is a funny thing, especially for someone who’s actually working in the field. Obviously there’s the part of developing it (where I usually come in :)) but this posting is more about how technology is used in everyday life … Continue reading

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Is Food Expensive in Finland?

Everyone (in Finland) “knows” that food in Finland is by far the most expensive in the world, because of “whatever the imagined reason du jour happens to be”. Hmmm… an astute reader might detect a hint of sarcasm in that … Continue reading

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Mobile Phones in Korea, Addendum

One small addendum to my Korean experience is that the supposed automatic recharging of my prepaid data plan with KT didn’t quite work as expected. Sure, it recharged itself twice during last fall, but in December it didn’t do it … Continue reading

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Learning Korean

Aargh! I actually wanted to start this posting with a more friendly “안녕하세요”, i.e., “hello” in Korean, but in retrospect, “aargh” captures the situation better. I’ve just come from the final exam of my language class and my head feels … Continue reading

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Kids in Korea

I’ve had some questions on how the kids have adapted to life in Korea, so here are some observations and stories. No photos, though, not because I don’t have them, but because I don’t want to post them publicly on … Continue reading

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Winter in Korea

See what I did there? I left the “South” out, for a very good reason, I might add. No, it’s not because commonly people only use Korea when referring to South Korea. It’s also not because I’m lumping the weathers … Continue reading

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A Brighter World

First, apologies for the long quiet period. It was not a case of “start a blog, write enthusiastically for a while, then drop blog”, although that would not be unusual. No, it was a case of a nasty flu, which … Continue reading

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Hiking on Gwanaksan

I see it every morning from our window, the Gwanaksan mountain, and I’ve been wanting to hike up the mountain ever since we moved here. (Yes, I’m fully aware that the -san in Gwanaksan means mountain and therefore Gwanaksan mountain … Continue reading

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