People ask me what I love about living in Korea. One of the many things I’m always amazed by are the state-of-the-art things which make living there feel more efficient, easy and pretty darned cool.
How many special days do you know of named after a snack brand? In Korea, November 11 is called Pepero Day. Sure, I remember eating it or something like it when I was a kid– it’s a thin chocolate dipped wafer stick! It’s a commercial type of day that the company initiated, but the young kids have turned it a bit into a Valentine’s Day, with one exception– you give out Pepero sticks! From ribbon-decorated boxes to gift baskets, to two foot long Pepero wands… this kind of craze only leaves you with one impression. Korea must really love their Pepero!
Home is where I lay my head is a true saying for me, but “I just want somewhere to lay my head for the night” are words you’ll seldom hear uttered from my lips. While I enjoy staying at guesthouses/hostels, as much as I do a 4- 5 star resort hotel, what inevitably tips my excitement scale is an accomodation, which carries a unique experience or exceptional flavor. Enter the Korean Love Motel.
Living as an expat, you get to realizing culture shock comes in daily life-sized capsules called Language Barriers.; but unlike vitamins, these will eventually wear on you. They mimic your inability to sometimes do the simplest things. Do you feel stupid despite your MFA degree? Yes. Can you erase this feeling? Not easily. To an expat living in a new country, it’s the everyday, mundane things which quickly become your greatest enemies.