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Reisverslag OMWT: student clubs and samgyeopsal
6 oktober 2014
OMWT: student clubs and samgyeopsal
They sometimes walk so incredibly slow on the streets and in such a way that it's completely impossible to pass them by. They also don't try to make way for other people or dodge others to prevent people bumping into each other. People often bump into me (especially those impatient ahjumma's (old ladies)) even though they definitely saw me and they don't even say sorry. And this seems to be very normal in Korea, since my Korean friends never noticed that it could be different elsewhere.
There are no public trashbins. Nowhere, just nowhere to be found. I think this seriously is a searching topic in google 'why are there no public trashbins in Korea'.
Alcohol is incredibly cheap and fruit is so expensive. I miss fruits. I miss cheese. I miss cooking my own cheap meals (cooking yourself is so expensive that it might be cheaper to eat somewhere else).
Korean society puts a lot of pressure on relationships. Koreans are obsessed with dating and blind dates.
Korean people are heavy drinkers and start drinking around 6 o'clock. So people usually start to get tipsy by 9 and are drunk even before people in The Netherlands have their first drink.
There is military service for 2 years for all men, which they are supposed to do before they turn 30. I heard most guys go when they are 20 years old, which means that they take a break from their studies. There are also guys who go to the army right after their highschool. I heard about one of my ggun dance mates that he went to the army today. You can divide male students simply in juniors and seniors: the seniors have already finished their service and are attending the same courses, being 22-24 years old, with the juniors who went to college first and are still 20 years old.
Korean streets are all about entertainment. You can find something to do on almost every corner of the street. The diffecult thing is that you should know where to go, what to say and what to pay. Nevertheless there is so much to do and that makes up a little bit for the poor esthetics of the majority of buildings.
All of the above is of course extremely generalized. All Koreans are different, though most of my Korean friends admit that 'Koreans' are conservative. I sometimes have dinner or drinks with a male friend of mine without any of us considering it as a date (even though there are Koreans who would consider such a one-on-one situation as a date). I think I met some really great people over here. I just hope that they don't distract me too much when the midterm exams are arriving. I'm also supposed to participate in a dancing competition after the midterm; I'm afraid that's a potential distraction, too.
Last, but not least, don't eat samgyeopsal when you're on a date. It's too diffecult to eat that food elegantly (and without garlic).
8 oktober 2014 09:13 | Door: mama
Interesting, reading about the Korean way of life.
And ... your way of life in Korea!
8 oktober 2014 23:18 | Door: Michel
Ha Madeleentje, heb je de ware Kim dan nog steeds niet ontmoet? Of hou je de amoureuze verwikkelingen zorgvuldig buiten dit publieke verslag?
9 oktober 2014 06:36 | Door: Madeleen Graafland
Haha, ze zijn allemaal of te jong of te oud. Vind het verder ook een beetje zielig om een Koreaan te moeten verlaten na 3 maanden ;p