Life in Songdo: Our Neighborhood

Since our arrival in South Korea I have made many comparisons to our lives back in Boston. There are many habits I picked up in Boston that I have had to try hard to break here in Korea. For example, if I put my cell phone down on the table in a coffee shop I don’t have to worry that someone might come by and snatch it. In fact, I can leave it there, walk away, go to the bathroom, and come back knowing that it won’t have been bothered.

And don’t get me started about crossing the street. It took years of living in Boston to adjust to the haphazard way people cross the street there. The two main rules to crossing the street in Boston are: 1) always wait until the light with the red hand appears before crossing, and 2) never cross in a crosswalk but just wander out into the middle of the road as cars approach. Here in Songdo, while some people do cross against the light, it is much more common for people to wait (even when there are no cars anywhere in sight and the lights are exceedingly long), and crossing is always done in a crosswalk unless you’re on a small street that doesn’t have one.

These are just some of the differences I’ve noticed in the few short months I’ve been living here. Below I will give you a sense of the different sights we see around our new neighborhood in Songdo compared to those we saw for the last seven years in Boston.

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Mass. Ave. and Washington St., our corner in Boston.
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Michuol (aka: Meet You All) Park just across from our apartment in Songdo.
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Blackstone Square, a few blocks from our apartment in Boston, and a place to experience some nature in the South End.
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Michuol Park, our conduit to the rest of Songdo.
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Colorful lanterns at the entrance to Boston’s Chinatown.
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Kimchee pots in Michuol Park on the way to Home Plus and Triple Street.
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Beautiful flowers in the Boston Public Garden.
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Beautiful flowers in Michuol Park.
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Cool architecture around Boston Common (including the reflective Hancock building).
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Cool architecture along Central Park.
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Boston skyline viewed from the Harbor Walk in the Seaport.
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Songdo skyline at night viewed from the TriBowl in Central Park.

As you can see, the two locations are quite different, but they also both provide some of the same general lifestyle features that make cities great.

See anything interesting? Can you imagine yourself walking around either location? Let me know in the comments below! And if you’d like to experience Songdo in person I will be happy to show you around and you can take in the sights for yourself!

 

 

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