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By Subhojit Chakladar
It has been more than a year and a half since I set foot in Korea and yet it seems as if it was only last week that bid 'another farewell' to my family and boarded the flight for Incheon. Two years ago, the only things I knew about Korea could be summarized in just 4 words - Seoul, Pusan, Samsung and LG! The program coordinator had sent a Korean language studies book to my home before I came to Seoul but I was thousands of miles away in Germany, sipping beer and playing with the human auditory perception! In fact, when I landed in Incheon, it'd be fair to say that I knew nothing about Korea. A year and seven months has passed since then and I'm amazed to think of the amount of things that I've learnt about this place and the range of experiences that I've had. Many of these experiences have turned into posts on this blog. This particular post is a photo-essay of the journey so far. Here it goes:
A scene from the Cheonggyecheon stream in downtown Seoul. In summer, its overflowing with people. Here is a snapshot from the road above. The artificial lights on the bed of the stream and people dipping their feet into the water. Being my first week in Seoul - everything around me was exotic. The Land of the Han, (a post on my first week in Seoul) cast a spell on me in my initial days.
In my first issue as the Feature Editor of the QUILL, I did an entire section on International cuisine in Seoul. For more than 2 weeks I was on an eating out spree. This picture is from a Chinese restaurant in Daelim, where I went with Xing (another GSP student from Shanghai). Shabu-Shabu on a superb Saturday afternoon in an empty restaurant - difficult to beat that!