Different. In amazing ways. I think perhaps the watershed moment in my adult life was living in another culture. Not just visiting, but living and working there, paying utility bills, renting, getting dental work. Going to work in the morning with everyone else. Getting haircuts. Buying kitchenware. Hailing cabs, riding the subway. The whole thing.
I spent any time I could trying new coffee shops, restaurants, theatres, bookstores, going to the beaches, visiting mountains, riding trains… I taught myself web design in Korea’s internet cafes. And I worked… a lot… which is what Koreans do, on the whole. I loved this area of Taejon (above) and spent a lot of time there, but only when I couldn’t be in Seoul.