My name is Jordi Sanchez. I’m 31 years old, and I’m a journalist. I’m from Barcelona, but i I’ve
been living in Seoul for the last 4 years. Why Seoul? Many people ask me this question. And I
just got bored to answer always the same, so now I just tell them: Why not?
Seoul is a huge city full of activity. It never sleeps and it’s an incredibly convenient city to live in. I
live not very far from center, and I enjoy my town. Everytime I can I go out for a ride in bicycle, or
walk around to take photos.
How did I end up here?
In 2008 I was about to finish my Journalism bachelor degree in Barcelona, and I got the chance
to come as exchange student to Seoul. I have to admit I didn’t know much about South Korea,
but since I was a child, Asian culture was quite misterious and attractive to me. So I decided to
come one year. Living in Seoul is very different than what I was used to in Barcelona, but I like
changes and challenges. And since it’s a big city with all the things I might need, I never felt it
was a hard change. Some friends told me I was so good at adaptation and, to be honest, I never
suffered a big culture shock. I’ve read a little bit before coming to Korea in order to know some
customs and habits from Koreans and be a nice foreigner.
When you are abroad and you are having fun, time flies. So my first year seemed like not enough
and I decided to stay for one more year, then I started to work at some places as parttimer.
I did some works related to my speciallity, some writing and radio gigs for some Catalan media (I
used to be an ambassador for COM Ràdio’s Eureka, wrote Korean chronicles in Catalans Pel Món,
and some articles for La Vanguardia newspaper. But I did many other works that I never expected I could. Works related to my hobbies, like photographer, acting, and DJ. I started to play music at some university parties, and then played aroud my town at some bars and clubs. It’s interesting
how Koreans pay attention and are curious about foreigners. I have to admit being a foreigner
helped me a lot to get some attention. So I took the chance and kept playing at more parties and
even some festivals.
But that’s not enough to pay my rent, so I work as Spanish language teacher. Spanish is getting
popular in South Korea, specially because they realized it’s a huge language in the world and
they might need not only English or Chinese to get a job and become global. So, here I am,
explaining to my students why my name sounds different from Spanish pronunciation, saying
that I’m not really Spanish as they think and trying to make them understand what it means to be
Catalan. A Catalan in Seoul.
You can follow me on Twitter @sunxez.