I woke this morning thinking I was literally in Seoul. All three of these images appeared at some point in my dream as all, except one, were taken from the same day. It was in 2006 and our time was winding down there and we had a wonderful day hiking the small mountain behind Ehwa Women’s University and then through the Buddhist temple on the other side, which is in my opinion the most beautiful in Seoul (and one of the most secluded).

We then capped it off with a feast fit for a king, literally. It is called 한정식 (hanjeongshik) and it is a thousand little dishes full of absolute Zen Korean goodness. Except for the fermented skate (fish). Wash it down with some동동주 (dong-dong ju) and this Gallagher was happy as a clam. Not too many of these types of restaurants in New Jersey (or Manhattan or Queens) so we will await our next visit to Seoul to do this proper.

It is my favorite food in Korea aside from부대찌개 (budeajigae).

May 5, 2006 was a very good day or so my subconscious told me last night.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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