It feels weird to think that I have only ten days left here in Korea. And I have no idea where all the time went. My stories from my winter vacation are still in the first part the travel, somehow few months has passed and I haven’t managed to finish them.
But I really don’t know where the time went so fast. It is not so long time ago when I returned back to Korea and started my last semester here. And now it is already the last days here. Well, of course my time here got much shorter than initially I planned, I actually even leave before final exams starts here, in other words, in the middle of the semester. But luckily I have good reason for that, after long wait and uncertainty I did manage to get summer job, which starts June 1st. So obviously I have to get back to Finland before that. But not to waste any time here, I am actually flying back on May 31st, scheduled landing to Finland is May 31st 23:59, and it is more than likely that I will land in Finland same day than my work starts. Let’s just hope that plane is going to on time, otherwise I will miss my first day :D
This spring has gone really fast. I haven’t been traveling around Korea none at all, although every time I think to go somewhere, I just realize that either it is really difficult to go there, no instructions at all how to get there or just typical tourist place. And what I have learned so far is that if someone suggest some place that is must to visit, well, its one of the places to stay as far as possible as it is usually always huge tourist place. And specially here in Korea, it means that it is full of other people. Definitely not my style of place then. And I have also managed to start getting all local flu’s around here, nothing serious, but just feeling enough sick sometimes that haven’t had any motivation to go anywhere, just relaxing. And of course trying to be a good student and actually study something (although my complains about local courses will follow later…). All this has lead to point that I am leaving Korea and mostly I have only seen Seoul. Not bad thing of course as Seoul is one of the reasons I wanted to come here. I have heard that southern Korea has beautiful nature, quite likely, but knowing Koreans, well, it’s far from nature. I have seen some photos from mountain where they have built stairs, which all stairs having a sign counting all the stairs. Nature? Yeah, right…
And coming from the country where it is difficult not to experience real nature all the time, seeing local nature where all the trees are planted, everything is built, it is sometimes beautiful, but not enough. Parks in Seoul looks beautiful at first, specially now in the spring when all the flowers blooms, until you realize that every park has exactly same flowers, and we are talking mostly about red, white and pink azaleas. Nothing else.
After all I do feel weird, I am in one way got used to live in Seoul, in big city, but then, I am already waiting to get back home. Back to Finland. Where you can smell rain, always. And where you can go to shower and get nice warm water all the time. Well, I have ten days left here, and not sure what I’m going to do, I o have couple course final projects due before I leave (as I really don’t want to do anything back in Finland) but otherwise, I guess I just visit last major tourist places in Seoul and start packing.