It is SO good to be back in Korea!!
As soon I ordered a berry smoothie in Korean at the Seoul Incheon Airport and paid for it with my Korean debit card, I knew I was home.
Here are some random observations from my trip to Taiwan:
Things Taiwan and Korea have in common:
- Older Asian men hocking up spit balls and spitting them onto the sidewalk.
- Many signs in English.
- 7-Eleven, Family Mart, Cold Stone, Etude House (make up place), Subway, Baskin Robbins, all the usual fast food joints (McDonalds, Burger King, KFC).
- Obsession with fancy Christmas decorations.
- Really clean subways/metro rails.
- Lots of bakeries and Japanese restaurants.
- People strictly follow the “stand on the right, walk on the left” rule on the escalators in the subway.
- Lots of people staring at me.
Things that are different in Korea from Taiwan:
- Koreans bow a lot more.
- In Korea, we have awesome ondol heating (floor heating). Last night, I was steeling myself to crawl into my freezing cold bed (which happens to be next to a window that doesn’t seal in the heat very well) when I thought, “What is the point of having a heated floor if you don’t use it at night when you are the coldest?” So I slept on the floor. And it was awesome.
- Koreans are more obsessed with their smartphones.
- Taiwan has bubble tea.
- At the Taiwanese crosswalks, the green man on the screen actually walks! And then starts running when your time is almost up! (I miss that green walking man…)
- Everything in Taiwan is cheaper, at least food and transportation.
- In Korea, I can read and speak the language!