Daily Life in Korea 6

My co-worker and I went to the pasta place I went before.  But the waiter spoke only in Korean this time.  Sad face.  The waiter was handsome, did I mention it before?

I waited with my co-worker for her bus, and then used a public toilet in the Western style at a suitably safe place and went to the dry cleaner to pick up my winter clothes.  After lots of motioning and saying yes to things I don’t understand, I am carrying some tights, a skirt, and a coat back to my apartment building.

Picking food off of picture menus, speaking with a strange grammar, walking everywhere, and not understanding.  My life in Korea in a nutshell.

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2 thoughts on “Daily Life in Korea 6

  1. I’m getting a sense from your posts that life in Korea takes some getting used to. I’ve come across a lot of Koreans myself, and they tend to have mixed reactions about their home country: pride but a sort of relief at getting a break from the place and being somewhere else..

    1. Hmm, I think any new culture or location is an adjustment … and I have a complicated love/hate relationship with South Korea. But I think it is hard to be an American and visit very nationalistic places where most of the things used in regular daily life were invented by Americans or in America-but to still be treated as an exotic novelty. I think the most difficult part is not having an open, lively, logical discussion between foreigners and natives-for the most part, everyone just works off of biases and prejudice. White, middle-class Americans are brain-washed with notions of diversity, equality, tolerance, freedom and progress-which aren’t shared by other demographics even in America to the same degree and certainly not celebrated as proudly in the rest of the world. Thus, culture shock!

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