There's always that delay, and not just down to jet lag, when you return from a trip and the processing of all the sensory overload takes longer than you imagine.
And there is a hesitancy about committing thoughts too early; as if, if you can't write everything in the style of Bill Bryson or Ernest Hemingway, why even start?
Let's let a picture tell a thousand words..
There are oases of calm, but generally life in Korea is played out at a hectic pace, amid a landscape of high rise apartments and motorways.
The resulting haze that greets you each morning is often slow to clear; and it is little surprise to see so many young people wearing face masks.
But it is a remarkable and in many ways beautiful country; it is certainly fascinating. To understand the role of creativity and learning, you really do have to appreciate a culture that places great emphasis on achievement and academic success. Advertisements are often the tell - key words like innovation, imagination, possibility, advanced technology... ideas rise like helium balloons to capture keys that unlock riches and golden eggs. Yes I know that is a scrambled egg of a metaphor but it is one I witnessed on a (Samsung natch) TV.
I fear for the stress placed on the expectations of these young people.
Look out for reflections on health and diet in another post..