Well, as I mentioned, we were at the East Coast. It also happens to be the closest point to North Korea and on several occasions, the North Koreans have tried to infiltrate this area due to its relative lack of people. We were only allowed on the beach during the day and several machine gun nests quickly brought home this point. Apparently, a North Korean submarine got caught a few miles away from here trying to infiltrate and all nine of the crew onboard killed themselves rather than be taken prisoner. Regardless, it was a beautiful area looking directly towards Japan. The Koreans call it the East Sea, the Japanese call it the Sea of Japan and I call it potato. Let’s call the whole thing off.

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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