Because the first post was so popular, here are more things that just don’t seem strange [about Korea] anymore…
- You start telling people they should “take a rest.”
- Blue eyes can put others into a state of hypnosis.
- A single bar of soap can kill the bacteria on the hands of 1,000 people.
- You’re getting used to fruit flies buzzing around your head.
- You love buying food in the supermarket that is scotch-taped to something else.
- The wait staff likes to cook your food and feed it to you.
- You cross your arms in an X every time you say NO or disagree about something.
- You think you’re back in university after hearing loud drunks stumbling home at 4am on a Sunday morning… but then realize its 50 year olds wearing suits.
- Koreans seem to be able to find anything from “www[dot]daum[dot]net” but you’re not even sure what kind of site it is.
- You feel like you’re playing Frogger every time you walk to school or have lunch in the cafeteria.
- Parking a car means turning off the engine.
- You find yourself chopping vegetables while sitting on your bed because there is no counter space.
- Your fate is often determined through a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.
- People just love to watch your groceries go through the checkout.
- Clerks in the stores stand at attention and ready to pounce on you with customer service.
- Dishes and ironing are taking up too much of your spare time.
- You’ve-ah started talking like-ah this-ah.
- No matter where you are standing, you are always in an old lady’s way.
- You actually prefer bowing to saying hello.
- People only need to walk one block to reach a convenience store or PC room.
- People politely start public trash piles rather than littering everywhere.
- You find yourself disappointed in the equipment offered at the free public park gyms.
- You still have no clue how the garbage/recycling system works here.
- You’re already losing your motivation for temple-stay and learning fluent Korean.
- Everyone is very impressed with your chopstick skills and kimchi-eating ability.
*I didn’t write any of these myself, but they pretty much sum up life in Korea. *
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