This summer marks three years that I returned from living and working in Asia. I've been thinking about travel a lot lately and I came up with this list of the top five things I miss about living in Korea.Now whether I could actually order delivery over the phone and describe where I live (considering Korean neighbourhoods generally don't have street names) is a whole other issue... but I appreciated the option of McDonald's delivery and always got a kick out of seeing those guys scoot around.
1. Delivery 24/7
|Scooter delivery year round! Notice the little heaters on the back?|
2. Hilarious people watching
The funniest people who usually caught my eye were the adjumas (old Korean women) with their face masks, extreme sun visors, parasols, and gloves (in the summer, mind you) and the adjishis (old Korean men) with their toe socks, sandals, and arm sleeves. Anything to avoid a tan!
|Getting ready for a morning hike|
My American friends are probably thinking, "Um that's no big deal," but us Canadians know exactly what I'm talking about! Ontario is quite strict about where and when we can buy alcohol. I really miss having (cheap!) beer, wine, and soju available any time all the time. I especially enjoyed making a quick pit stop on my walk home from work, cracking open a cold Hite beer, and taking a minute or two outside a convenience store to catch up with friends.
4. Amazing Korean food
|It's all about communal eating in Korea|
|Our feast of roasted duck on Christmas Day. Not an easy feat with chopsticks but so worth it|
5. New friends and amazing night lifeExpat life in Korea is like a second university. If you live out in the boonies I suppose it might be different, but living smack dab in the middle of the capital city was awesome for meeting new people. Now that I'm older and would consider myself a "young professional", I find it quite difficult to make friends as easily as I did in university or abroad. I'm talking about those good friends that you connect with right off the bat and could chat with all night long... they're rare to come by. But despite expat life in Korea being so transient in nature, I really bonded with some spectacular people (locals included) and am so happy that our paths crossed.
|Dancing with friends in Hongdae; getting muddy at Boryeong Mud Festival|