Sounds like an interesting comparison! Two fascinating but very different countries. . .and a pretty relevent point of reference. Good luck!
I leave mid-June for the summer, but I hope to get to meet you. Wherever you end up in Seoul, find the nearest gym (or find a good gym, and stay at the nearest hotel/jimjjilbang
). . . you'll get hooked up to the Korean scene, and in Seoul, quite a few gyms have some members who speak English. You can also meet people at the outdoor walls, especially in the evenings. They can help you find
the local gyms. Keep checking in with KOTR! People will be getting out and about when the weather's good. If you're in Seoul, it's not hard to make a weekend trip just about anywhere in the country.
Internet connections are everywhere-- tourist info kiosks, coffeeshops, and PC rooms, free to W1,000 or less an hour, 24 hour access. . . (maybe slightly higher--W500/25 minutes-- at the 24 hour saunas).