Russia

Scent marked streetlight in Sydney - Erik Winther 2014
I have so far avoided the subject here as it is politically very complex, and therefore is my short comment easily misunderstood or misinterpreted, but I just can’t ignore it.

What Russia is doing on Crimea these days is awful and unacceptable. Yet they got away with the very same thing in Georgia 2008 when they moved in and took a piece of land; receiving nothing but empty and worthless complaints from the global society. But let me skip the case-specifics.

I would really want to live in a weapon-free world. But, unfortunately, I do not believe the world is homogeneously good-hearted. Therefore, a weapon destruction contract will not work as everyone will not destruct all their weapons at once; leaving the world much less safe as the ’bad guys’ will be far superior in armament – thus also in political power. Power that they, from time to time, will make use of for their very own benefits; in a more or less discretely fashion.

And just as the dogs’ scent markings on and around the photographed streetlight in Sydney result in dead grass, Russia’s wanton behaviour creates irreparable scars on and around Ukraine.

Scent marking Ukraine

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Today is Father’s day (at least in Sweden) and since I cannot be there, I’ll dedicate him a post here instead :)
Thank you for being the best of fathers! Kramar

Picture from April, when he took the detour from Russia to visit me in Korea. I brought him to a traditional restaurant and tricked him to order iced noodle soup with the traditional swimming egg in it; probably the hardest thing to eat with slippery Korean (=stainless steel) chopsticks. Great days!

Father’s day

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KHU main gate at full moon
So, the time has come. After waiving off all the exchange students, one at the time, am I now waiving bye to Korea myself.

This has been a truly amazing year and I am filled with gratefulness to all of you who have shared those experiences with me. The biggest and most important gift of being here is obviously the wealth of perspectives, and the friendships themselves, by spending time with amazing people from allover the world.

A deep, humble and happy thank you to my new friends from
Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ghana, Guatemala, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mongolia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Sweden, Tunisia, UK, USA, Vietnam…and of course everyone from Korea.

You will always have a place in my heart.

Goodbye

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After yesterday’s two exams am I excited to meet up dad on the airport now! He has been on a business trip in Khabarovsk, east Russia, and scheduled the trip back to Sweden via Seoul. Looking forward to spend the weekend with him :)

Detour

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Two of the exchange students here share an experience far exceeding the ordinary. The soon-to-be Russian diplomats Yulia Okonova and Mira Dzhamalidinova spent last summer studying in Pyongyang, North Korea. Their stories therefrom are indeed stunning!

Me and Mira enjoying studies in, and of, the sunset. Photo by Yulia.

Exotic exchange studies

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