HELLO I AM BACK. Work has been crazy, and I also have a social life and stuff, but now I have returned with some thoughts about why I love life in the ROK.
ALL OF IT IS GOOD. Korean food, American food, Italian food, fusion food…I have yet to be truly disappointed by a meal here. Plus, most of it is ridiculously inexpensive. I barely cook here, because why labor over a hot stove when I can get a delicious, healthy(er than an American) meal for 2-5 US dollars?! (also I am lazy)
This delightful lunch cost a mere $3!
As most of you know, I was a fan of Korean pop and hip hop music long before I moved here. Lucky for me, I can now hear the music I like EVERYWHERE. All businesses play popular music, and many of them even blast it on to the sidewalk. Walking down a busy street can become an aural patchwork of several different songs playing at once from different storefronts. At first I found it a bit overwhelming, but now I realize how much more efficient it is to listen to 12 songs at once instead of just one!
This street in Hongdae so far wins my award for the highest concentration of pop songs blasted per square meter.
I live in a major metropolitan area, and I have been catcalled exactly once since I moved here nearly three months ago. You know all those videos going viral these days about women getting catcalled several times an hour in New York City? Yeah, I’ll take once every three months, thanks.
Korea is also just a really safe place to live in general. It’s not crime and harassment free, of course, but it is a lot better than most places in the US. It’s rare that I feel unsafe here, whereas I felt unsafe almost every late night out in Ann Arbor.
Literally meaning “singing room,” Korean-style karaoke is not a bar full of drunk strangers, but rooms rented by the hour with your friends (drinking may still be involved). Great for groups, but also surprisingly good for dates (my boyfriend and I are weird and go almost every weekend to perform duets of rock songs that came out in 2004).
Sweet Red Bean
When I first moved here, my thoughts on bean-based desserts could be summed up as “wut.” BUT OH HOW THE TIDES HAVE TURNED. Sweet red bean breads are my fave. The best ones are fried and look like fish and are 3 for $1.
Too cute to eat?!?!?!? No.
Is it a skirt? Is it leggings? It’s both! It’s skeggings! Maybe these have totally blown up back home and I don’t know, but as far as I know, the leggings with the built-in skirt is unique to Korea. The rest of the world needs them! They have the comfort of leggings without the butt revealing qualities of leggings! I have two pairs and I want more.
Not the best pic, but here I am
trying being sexy in my skeggings.
I could list more reasons, but since I can’t think of many clever or interesting things to say about “an affordable and clean public transportation system!!!!!!!1” I will stop here.