I’m sitting at Gwangjang market with fellow interns Kristi and Sharon, feeling a little bit of everything. I feel I must surrender myself to what’s happening around me to maintain some sanity. This sounds dramatic, but only because Kristi has just ordered a plate of squirming octopus and I don’t think I am psychically prepared for what’s to come.

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Kristi [right] smugly regards me as I contemplate my life choices. Photo: Arca

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The Seoul summer days have been blurring into one another, an endless cavalcade of heat exhaustion, errant cicadas flying into my face and a frustrating inability to keep much food down because I’m sweating so profusely it seems my other bodily functions have ceased operation.

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Woke up to this on my phone and stopped breathing, thought it was North Korean missiles; turns out it was just an extreme heat warning. Photo: Arca

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Seoul Pride was, in a word, bonkers.

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It's 38 degrees celsius and a much higher level of modesty than Sydney pride events.
Here's the start of the march. Photo: Arca

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I often enjoyed long walks through Hongdae. I'd given up on the idea of map apps on my battered iPhone and spent many nights aimlessly wandering around, taking in the sights and smells.

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Hongdae at night. Photo: Arca

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Korean radio station TBS is a maze of corridors and security glass. Were it not for my natural inclination to get lost everywhere I go, I'd have thought somebody kept moving the office walls around to spite me. On our first day, we received information about our program assignment. Kristi settled comfortably into a role on the variety/culture show, Koreascape.

They had a harder time figuring out what to do with me, so eventually it was decided I would flit from program to program, like a choosy bee.

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Here I am [right], looking sweaty next to the morning show host. [Arca]

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"...and do the show like no one’s listening,” or so said Kurt, Koreascape’s host, albeit facetiously.

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A smart cookie (on the streets of Insadong). Photo: Kristi Cheng

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My internship with The Korea Herald is over.
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Gwanghwamun Gate. Photo: Aaron Yip

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Parallax records the experiences of final year students of the B.A. (Media & Communications) degree who have won competitive overseas internships to work in Asian, Indian and Latin American media organisations.
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