Thursday, May 01, 2008

Tidbits about Korea Part II

13. I have felt completely safe here. Everyone is friendly, and other than being run over by a motorcycle down the sidewalk, or a car for that matter (yes, they drive on the sidewalks) I have felt completely safe.

14. They don't have any garbage cans here. It's so irritating. People just pile up trash under a lamp post or something, but I just can't do it. Apparently someone comes around and picks it all up - although they must be invisible, because I've never seen it happen.

15. If there is ever an octopus shortage - or squid for that matter, we're blaming it on Koreans.

16. You know how when you walk around Disneyland, it's totally normal to be wearing a Mickey shirt or a funky hat? Apparently it's all the rage to wear that garb all day, everday, no matter your age. Same thing goes for Hello Kitty attire...

17. I haven't seen a Target, Walmart, or even grocery store, for that matter. I haven't searched for anything like it, but I think everyone uses the little markets. It's kind of nice, really.

18. Women wear the largest visors I've ever seen. I always thought they were just left over from the 50's. Nope, they're still selling them, and people are still buying and wearing them!

19. I've gotten through my week with basically learning one sentence: Thank you. Cahmsahmneedah (phonetically spelled) My brother, Michael says hello (ahnyahnghasayo) and thank you constantly. Seriously, constantly. Sorry, Maria, that you have to fly home with him.

4 comments:

Pricilla said...

Wow, I feel like I've been to Korea now too! Glad that you have had such a wonderful time with your family. What a great experience! Now go get a burger or a pizza or something:)

The Larsen's said...

Sounds like you have had quite the experience! Hopefully you made it home safe and were able to squeeze your kids. That would be so hard!

Kassey said...

It sounds like you are having a great time. I can't wait for pictures!

SFNielsens said...

That is quite and adventure Jen. I can only imagine what they thought seeing tall Troy over there. And all the ruins sounded neat. I would have had a hard time eating too, I don't do squid or octopus or anything like that. I'm excited to see all of the pictures. What an awesome experience. I had a korean penpal through Jr. High and High school. She would send me tapes of she and her friends doing Karaoke all the time. It was pretty funny. Glad you're having such a great time. I really am excited to see how you captured Korea on film.