South Korea!

South Korea!

24 Jul 2013

This Korean shop was named after how good looking I am.

Before I moved to San Francisco, I traveled to South Korea for 2 weeks to visit a friend from England teaching English and to visit awesome South Korea.

Here are some things I experienced during my 2 week jaunt:

Food and Drink

The food was a sometimes strange, but usually enjoyable experience. Every dish comes with a plethora of ‘side dishes’ that you can throw into your main dish (or whatever you want) at any time. Everything is shared. You usually have one bowl/plate that is solely yours, but everything else is fair game. Even the soup.

With every meal comes kimchi. The South Koreans LOVE their kimchi. Kimchi is basically fermented/pickled cabbage with some super spicy red pepper paste thrown in. They eat it with everything. Many Koreans carry a little bit with them, just in case the place they go to doesn’t have any (like that would happen).

Also common to every meal is soju, which is the Korean alcoholic beverage of choice. Wherever you go, they will have soju. You know it’s soju by its characteristic green bottle and though you usually take shots of it, it has the alcohol content of a strong beer.

In Korea, if you finish your drink, it is customary for someone to fill up your glass. If you don’t want anymore, just drink almost all of your drink, which signifies that you are done. (It is also considered rude to fill up your own glass, usually someone will fill your glass, and then you are expected to return the favor).


Korean Barbecue. Probably my favorite dish in South Korea.

K-pop

Korean pop music is everywhere in Korea (even more so than American pop music in the States). It’s like American pop music but better, in Korean, and with very pretty singers (men or women). It’s amazing. So amazing that I saw the K-pop band, BigBang, in concert. Let’s just say one of the singers floated over the crowd with angel wings. Yeah. AMAZING.

BigBang in concert. There were so many screaming girls.

Disco Pancake

I tried what I like to call the ‘disco pancake’, which was basically a giant circle ride with a padded bench along the inner part of the circle. It tilted up on one side and spun around, bouncing every once in a while. The DJ played music, controlled the ‘bouncing’, and every once in a while talked to/ridiculed you if the spotlight was on you. It was a very strange experience, but a good one… I think.

They called my husband ‘Tony Stark’ because he had a beard and made us do Gangnam Style. It was a strange experience.

Starcraft

I suppose South Koreans are known for their prowess at Starcraft, so I made my way to a Starcraft game. It was much like a sporting event, except you mostly watched a screen, not the players. The best part was, it was free and everyone got endless free energy drinks and snacks.

From the left: Soulkey, NesTea, Taeja, Noblesse

English Translations

Surprisingly, there is a lot of English used in Korea to spruce up names. A lot of Koreans speak at least a little English, but some things are just lost in translation. My favorite game to play in Korea was the ‘spot the fun English translations’ game.

My favorite translation find was:

Enjoy our espresso coffee

Sweet-Smelling like devil's temptation

and hot like hell fire

It's going to be a good day, for sure.