Off the top of my head here is a list of stuff I’m currently loving about Korea
– The acceptance of open displays of affection between males
Today I was walking home from school and two of my 16-year-old male students walked by arm-in-arm sharing an after-school snack, it was the sweetest thing.
– The array of colourful trainers on display
Boy do Koreans love a bright trainer and they really jazz up the pavement.
– My cosy little studio
As I’ve mentioned before my new home exceeded my expectations and after a week I feel pretty settled. I have a surprisingly comfy bed and the underfloor heating is a revelation.
– My co-teacher
I couldn’t have asked for a better one.
– The Konglish everywhere you look
Literally everywhere you look. If I tried to document it all I would have my camera permanently glued to my hand. Hilarious.
– How cheap most things are
As a self-professed cheapskate I’m in heaven.
– The food (most of it)
However its usually best not to ask what you’re eating and just enjoy it because knowledge of the ingredients can often kill your appetite instantly.
The national dish of Korea deserves its own entry. We’ve had a rocky relationship kimchi and I but we’re now best of pals. Fermented cabbage may sound revolting and believe me at first it tastes it too. But the thing is, kimchi to Koreans is as chips are to Brits – it comes with absolutely everything you order. With this in mind I was determined to love it and after a fortnight or so in Korea I have developed a borderline addiction.
– Korean fashion
These kids are styled to the nines. And its the really little ones too. No Florence & Fred for these babies oh no!
– The cute tat
Any sane person would assume a business couldn’t possibly run solely on the sale of Hello Kitty clothes pegs but this is Korea and cuteness is king.
– The bowing
Although its often hard to gauge the appropriate degree one should dip at any given meeting and whether or not to go for a bow/handshake combo.
– My principal ‘s diamanté tie
– The slippers in school policy
– Receiving fist bumps and declarations of love from my students
In Korea I’m cool.
– Korean hospitality
So far I’ve had three invitations to people’s homes for dinner, an offer of a piano lesson and a discount on ‘facial procedures’. So kind.