Saturday, September 19, 2009

Trivia on Life in Korea

10 things I’ve learned about Korea in the last 24 hours:
1. They LOVE coffee drinks. There are more coffee houses in a block radius of my apartment than I can count. I’m not joking. Every other shop is a coffee shop. I’m not sure how they stay in business with so much competition. And the only thing they love more than coffee? Beer. I will post at some point all the beer bars here.
2. There is a lot of Christian lingo in English all over this city. I live in a neighborhood called Seocho and there are signs all over that say Seocho: Light of the World. Huh? Wouldn’t that be Jesus? Other ones include a sandwich shop that boasted coffee that blessed you.
3. Hangers are hard to find. I spent ALL morning on a scavenger hunt for hangers. Seriously, it shouldn’t be that hard, but it was.
4. Korean women all wear heals, all the time. I’m fine with this since many of them are between 5’0 and 5’2 which puts us on even ground.
5. The only metal surface that my magnets stuck to in my apartment was the front door. Yeah, not the kitchen cabinets, nor the fridge. Odd.
6. You don’t ever tip, but an over exaggerated “thank you” is always loved.
7. There is a candy bar called “Mr. Big” and the tag line reads “when you’re this big, they call you mister”. All I can think of is Sex and the City.
8. They are serious about trash and recycling. You have to use a particular kind of trash bag to put your trash out on the street and if you don’t recycle you get fined.
9. 7elevens are truly popular here.
10. There are more signs in English than you would ever imagine. Tons of stores have English names and all the public signs are translated. Niiiice.

3 comments:

grace said...

Becca, Korean don't love coffee shops for the COFFEE. They love them because they need venues for all of the "so-gae-ting." Didn't you know that Seoul is the dating and romantic infatuations capital of the world?! Hope you are well!!

grace said...

Oops, I sounded like a fob there. Edit: "Koreans [not Korean] dont love coffee..."

beckalippy said...

lol! thanks grace for the reminder that Sochung (sp?) is coming up and everyone has to be married before they have to face their relatives! I better get working on that!