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September 26, 2013

Korean Man: Oh where you from?

Me: Ireland!!

Disappointed Korean Man: Oh? Not America?

Me: No Ireland, in Europe?

Disappointed Korean Man: Oh ok. Bye.  Your friend? American?

I guess the first thing I noticed about being an Irish man in Seoul is that we are not the novelty to the natives that we have found ourselves to be in most of the rest of the world. To be honest, I like it. While most strangers here have such good intentions and just want to hear you try stumble through a few words in their native tongue. I love, however, having many American friends and co workers. When I drop the heart breaking “I’m Irish” to a Korean in order to brush off the awkward hug or stroke of the arm or face by an older gentleman on...

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