True Stereotype #1

One nice thing about living in “rural” Korea (my opinion of what is “rural” clearly differs from theirs) is that there are nice, natural places to walk within a short distance of my apartment.  From my roof I can see rice paddies, and they’re only about a 5 minute walk away.  I’m considering taking morning walks through them, depending on how early I find myself waking up in the mornings.  It’s definitely nice to have them so close, because they are so peaceful in comparison to my town, which is pretty universally full of crazy drivers and smelly side streets of decaying, ramshackle buildings.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but the smell can be a bit much at times, and I can’t really safely walk with my headphones on, because I’d probably be hit by a car within 5 minutes.  Thankfully, my school is literally right around the corner (as is the educational office), so I don’t really have to go into town except for groceries and supplies, and right now, for internet.



It is very strange to be living so close to something which I had previously considered a stereotype about Asia.  At the same time, having the rice paddies so nearby makes the town feel a bit more like my definition of a rural area.  It’s not exactly what I’d call “bucolic”, but it’s better than nothing.



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