My soul misses Seoul

Is it possible to miss a country this much when you don’t even have the right to call it your own?

I spent my summer in Seoul, half studying, but mainly sight seeing. I made friends using a language outside my mother tongue, and my heart skipped a beat whenever anyone assumed I was Korean. I’m not sure what exactly I’ll miss the most. The feeling of being lost, new discoveries, or the joy in finding familiar things in a distant land…

I miss going to Hongdae and hearing the clubs boom with music
I miss going to the fish market and tasting weird delicacies
I miss staying out all night with friends
I miss seeing the couples walking along the Han River
I miss the familiar chime of the convenient store
I miss the luxury of shopping in underground subway stores
But I do not miss those pesky salespeople
I miss being able to see my favourite celebrities and hearing Kpop blasts in the streets
I miss the burning taste of Soju
I miss the cute accessory shops.

One summer. That’s all it took for me to fall in love with this country.


2 thoughts on “My soul misses Seoul

  1. Somin Bach says:

    Sounds like you had an amazing time in Seoul 🙂 I recently moved back to Seoul and I feel like I’m re-discovering those points you mentioned since I haven’t been back in so long.


    • tckdiary says:

      Thanks for reading! I’m actually heading back to Seoul later this year for work. I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I did 🙂 And dealing well with culture shock (if any)!


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