So this post will be a little different from the rest. I haven’t been anywhere worth writing about lately as we have been going out and spending time in Daegu to try and save some more money. So I thought I would share with you some info on everyday life in
On the whole Koreans are less friendly than most of the Asian cultures but this does not mean that they are unfriendly it just means they don’t always go out of their way to help you. However there are many of them that see a foreigner and just smile this huge smile and yabber away to you in Korean while you stare back at them with a blank expression on your face. Some of them absolutely love us and even though they can’t speak a word of English they will chat away in Korean to you even if it means you can only pick up two words! I have had old people on Subways give me their cards and tell me to come visit them! Usually this would be a tad creepy and stalkerish but they are genuinely trying to help you, they want to teach you about
culture and make you Korean food! And because I can answer their VERY simple
questions in Korean they become even more friendly because they know that at
least I am trying. In general Koreans also always want to feed you! To not
accept food given to you is seen as quite rude so it would not be strange to
have just eaten school lunch when some teacher comes and shoves rice cakes,
coffee, cookies and who knows what else in your hands. Just nodding, giving a
little bow and a smile to this will honestly make their day! It is so nice
because just the smallest gesture goes such a long way in Korea . Korea
For example there is this grocery store (mart) that I walk past on my way to school everyday and sometimes I go in to get candy for the kids or to grab a coffee drink before work (Koreans are obsessed with coffee by the way). The old man that works there would always give me this huge smile when I said 안 영하세요(hello) or 감사합니다(thank you) to him.
One morning when I went in to the mart he asked me ‘Your name?’ so I said Natalie and he said ‘Ah! Me, Mr kim!’ In my head I was like of course you are… If you have to guess what anyones surname is, if you guess Kim you will most probably be right,
So anyways now that he knows my names it is his morning delight to wait at the door and scream hello to me while I am walking past his shop on the way to school.
However what I discovered very shortly after the name exchange happened was that he did not hear Natalie when I said my name but Nasolie…
The first time I walked into his store afterwards and he greeted me with ‘Hello Nasolie!!’ with this huge grin of achievement on his face because he remembered my name I just didn’t have the heart to tell him. And now it’s got to that awkward stage where it has been going on for too long for me to correct him. Anyways it is his daily ritual to stand at the door of his mart and scream NASOLIE!! When I walk past whilst waving ecstatically with two hands! I have to force myself not to laugh out loud every time he does this as my kids all live in the area and give him the strangest looks, probably thinking ‘Who the hell is Nasolie?’
However I can be in the foulest of moods in the morning and he just has to do that and I can’t help but smile. Tiny little gestures like this really make their day.
I know some of you have seen or heard of it but recently a youtube music video made by a guy in
has gone viral. It is called ‘Gangnam style’ after the town called
Gangnam. There have been remakes all over the world from ‘ Seoul New york style’ to ‘ style’ and they have now made a ‘Daegu style’. Thailand
I will try and attach the video to this post as it is highly entertaining and you can catch a glimpse of Korean culture in it J