The other day I was talking with some friends about (mostly) food and someone asked me which foods I miss most from my time working in South Korea. That got me thinking about all the other things I miss about the place I called home for 2 years. So, I decided to jot them all down and put together a fun little post about all the small things I miss about living in Korea. Hope you guys enjoy it! Here goes :
1. When you tell people you live in Korea and they ask you : “North or South?” . . .
2. Having an entire conversation just using Kakao emoticons – Stephanie Norris! (Kakao Talk is Korea’s version of WhatsApp, but with ten times better emojis).
3. The collage of delivery menus on my fridge.
4. Doing ‘Gangnam Style’ in the real life Gangnam EVERY.SINGLE.WEEKEND.
5. Seeing business men getting strawberry milk on their lunch break and it’s totally normal to you.
6. Having free wet wipes in my bag at all times.
7. Kimchi Jjiggae. Period.
8. Having EVERYTHING open 24 hours.
9. Having to wait 20 minutes to eat your food because of the scalding temperatures (gives you time to take that all important Insta #foodporn pic!)
10. Corn on your pizza and pickles on the side – again Stephanie 😉
11. When your left hand automatically goes to your right elbow when you’re handing things to people (part of etiquette).
12. The creepy baby ‘Ka-Talk’ noise whenever someone around you receives a text.
13. Buddae Jjiggae – spicy army sausage stew with ramen and Soju on the side.
14. Being told you’re amazing at speaking Korean even if you only know “kamsamnida”.
15. Dodging all the Selfie sticks (okay maybe not so much).
16. National Pepero stick day 🙁
17. Matching couple outfits, phone covers, caps, bags, underwear…
18.Walk-in/walk-out plastic surgery centers and counting all the nose -job patients on the street.
19. Receiving a year’s supply of Tuna/SPAM as a Chuseok gift from your boss. Yay. Haha.
20. Bulgogi Bokkeumbap with “special sauce” from Hansot for lunch.
21. Cute packaging everywhere.
22. The Korean accent.
23. Seasonally themed Starbucks cups and other cute cups/sleeves.
24. Underground malls in the subway.
25. Being encouraged to wear slippers to work.
26. Autumn in Korea.
27. Spring in Korea.
28. Cherryblossom and Lantern Festivals.
29. Baseball games.
30. Myeongdong shopping street.
31. Teaching myself the art of Origami 5 mins before my art class starts… and failing miserably!
32. Jjajjangmyeon – Chinese food in Korea.
33. Compliments from my boss and friends about my newly acquired American accent.
34. Exploring Seoul street art.
35. Aaaand I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I miss all my naughty students!