Because you spent many years abroad, I assume your perception of Seoul could be different from us. What's your image of Seoul?
As I mentioned just before this, Korea, especially Seoul, is fast in everything. It's my country, my city but I feel like a stranger to this place from time to time. Sort of like a loud and crowded parent's place? Nice and warm to visit once in a while but gets boring sooner or later. Seoul is a place somewhere like that.
What changes do you notice about Seoul before you left and after you returned?
Before I left, Seoul was nothing more than just the city that I lived in. I left in 9th grade so there aren't that many memories to recall other than my house, the school, and the neighborhood. During my stay abroad I'd spend my school breaks and gap year here and in those times, Seoul was to me a city of pleasure. Other than London where everything closes after sunset, a city with the absence of many night-time entertainments, in Korea, you can easily come across many parts of the cities with neon lights shining 24hours, which I found very interesting. I would go and hang out with my friends every single day to make up for the stressful days I'd spend in London with a thin wallet. And then Seoul after my return feels very different. Well I guess I'm the one that's changed. I've reached the time to throw away my student-ness and face my work with reality. In that context, people like me, who work in a creative field seem to find it hard to tolerate living in Seoul. And I don't have that many friends here. I think this is my new start with this city and the time to slowly reveal my presence. I'm looking forward to what Seoul would bring me next year.
Where in Seoul do you like most?
I have very poor sense of direction and I'm not so fond of exploring unfamiliar places so as a kid I only knew my way around Gangnam. And then not so long ago an Italian friend came to visit and told me Gangbuk(the north of Han River) gave a very nice impression from its coexistence of the old and new. So I started to discover places in Gangbuk and was able to notice the charms of this city I was unaware of. To me Gangbuk is fresh and fun, a place I began to like very much.