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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Here I am. Sitting on the floor (here, according to the tradition, many things will be done "on the floor": eating, writing, sleeping...etc.), writing my first page of a late diary, experiencing for the first time what is to write  in and to use a bloq, in a tiny appartment in the south of Seoul, a lovely place where my friend Je Min lives and whom so kindly offered to me. After nearly one year travelling and moving between some special places in a few countries of central Asia, I"m here, in this huge and modern city, trying to put my ideas in order, to transmit my experiences through this bloq and writing it in english (quite a challenge).From today on, I will try to relate about some of the places I have been, about some experiences I had and about people I met. Probably (I know it) will be not a "diary" just because I will not write everyday. I know that I'm going to stay here in Seoul for a while and have enough free time. Because of that, I begin with this activity.
I am already since two weeks here in this country and only here in the capital. I came here, after being in Nepal and India alternatively, to meet some corean friends I met in India, to know (of course) something about the country and the corean culture, customs and traditions, to work together with my corean friends organising a colective art  exhibition  and to look for some job to make some money to survive (Seoul is a very expensive city) and if possible, to keep traveling through this part of the world.
About the first purpose, I came direct from Delhi to Seoul and I haven"t move from here in these two weeks. Anyway, there are plenty of things to see and to discover here and also an intense cultural life take place in this city, specially now, when the Autumn Festival is rolling all around Seoul, with near 75 different events of any kind and many of them free for everybody!
About the second one, we (specially my friend Je Min, who appears in one of the photos) are working in all the things related to the exhibition: finding some artists who want to joins us (at the moment we are 5 people and we want to do this between 8 to 10), hiring the gallery and fixing the date (will be in the second week of january), preparing the concept....and there are still many other things to do like selecting works, making of flyers etc., etc.
About the third one, I'm working since nearly two weeks as spanish teacher in a little institute. I have already three groups, two beginners and one advanced (conversation). It's a new experience for me, very interesting and challenging. A new way to rediscover and learn my own mother language and at the same time the opportunity to make contacts and to know more about corean people. Not the best salary but at least with this money I can support my stay here.
About the fourth one, is just a wish and an idea for the future. What I have is what I live, now and here.

Seoul is still warm during the day over 20 degrees celsius but the nights are getting colder. he hills around the city, the parks and the forests are filling up with the colours of the fall. Beautiful! I use to go with the bycicle (I found one because it's necessary to move the body and to make some exercise and not only being in the bus or the subway) to those green places and in this way also knowing the city (or at least part of because is too big and the distances inmense) and also discovering the buddhist temples where I can go and make short meditations and being in contact with Buddha (yes, it is possible). I'm also, with the guide of Je Min, Lee and Myhune (the trilogy of friends I've meet in India) making a gastronomic travel through the corean food, nice, spicy, with names that are difficult when not impossible for people like me to pronounce or translate, and with a lot of onion and garlic as an ingredient in many of the dishes. So, many times when  I get in the buses or the subway or another places, I can scent the strong smell of those two Alliaceae. Is a normal thing here and I think that because of my new diet, probably I'm already exuding the same smell as millions of coreans.

Ok. my friends, that's all for the moment. I have other things to do and for sure you also. Then, I let this bloq for today and will write on it soon again, telling more about this city and (I didn;t forget) start with the past experiences in other places in this huge continent. I hope you enjoyed it. Bye!
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dachrussia on

herman it s good to hear from you, and thank you for sharing your adventures in english! You are in a fascinating country and I hope I will have the chance to go there some day. Enjoy your amazing journey! Kisses

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