I was recently reminded while on Skype with my parents that I should make a record of the things that are going on around me in Korea before I stop noticing them because they are the norm. So without further ado, here are a few things that I have noticed in Korea:
1) A meal without rice and/ or kimchi is not considered a meal. (We went to an Italian restaurant yesterday and someone ordered steak. The first thing that came out after the steak was rice to go with it, even though there were 4 bowls of spaghetti already on the table).
2) The ambulance sirens sound like seals.
3) Everyone in the business world goes for a walk after they eat lunch. You can look around and see entire corporate offices walking outside together in full suits. (If it is raining, people take their walks through the subway station or some other covered area).
4) You can go many weeks without seeing bread with a crust. (By this I mean that the only bread I have seen so far in Korea is white sandwich bread, there is no crispy or crunchy crust to be found.).
5) People who fluently speak Korean sound like they are speaking around a mouthful of something when they get passionate about a topic. (Not all people and not all the time, but you can hear the difference).
6) As with many countries/ people, Koreans have a difficult time accepting the idea that a person is "American" because they live in the United States. Korean people who were born and raised in the United States are Korean by heritage, but they are still Americans. Also, my mother is American. She is a light- skinned black woman, but she is not from anywhere other than Chicago, Illinois.
Hope these were at least sort of funny!
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