Since it is the Lunar New Year and we have a few days off, we decided to roam around the city looking for great adventures. Every Korean is home paying homage to their family and participating in whatever they do when it comes to rituals. Festive greetings fill the air, if anyone is on the streets. Seoul is absolutely deserted on these holidays. The majority of the people you see are the fellow expats stumbling around the city, like animals let free from their cages. The whole day reeks of some abbreviated decadence. Looking for that elusive restaurant that is open, for that elusive entertainment, looking for the reason they come overseas in the first place. My lady and I were not elusive as to our goals. We went running in the morning and then ventured out again around midday and had a wonderful lunch of sundubu chigae, which is soft tofu in a boiling soup. Thus the pictures from this post will refer to this lunch.

A later post will deal with the adventure itself.

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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