Celebrating six months with a Top 10

Anyong! Lindsay (and Whit) here blogging from another teacher work day. We are starting to get good at distracting ourselves for long periods of time. (Whit is currently becoming a chess master against his machine counterpart.)
Big news here: This weekend, we celebrated our sixth month anniversary in Korea! We have made it half-way. We celebrated it with a fun, neighborhood guitar bar Friday night and a galbi dinner Saturday night. Both were amazingly fun times. As usual.
So to recognize the milestone on Kimchi and Cornbread, we present you with a list. (I do really love lists.) And we have been watching a lot of Dave Letterman lately. So here is our Top Ten:

Top 10 things we’ve learned in our first 6 months of Korea

10. Bring your own toilet paper to public bathrooms. Unless you are in a nice restaurant, you will be a stranded potty squatter. Literally. And if you are in the nice restrooms, take advantage of the bidet. It is quite interesting, if not a little shocking the first time around.

9. As Mom so accurately described it: Koreans do NOT think cleanliness is next to Godliness.

8. Galbi (marinated pork) and bolgogi (spicy, marinated beef or pork) are probably the two most delicious things you could ever wrap in a leaf.

7. Do NOT eat the uncooked garlic on the table, despite the fact Koreans are wolfing it down. Just let them have it. Your stomach (and toilet) will thank you.

6. Use your elbows. Often. And break line whenever you get a chance. If you don’t, they will. And seriously. You could never get away with such behavior in America without ending up with a black eye.

5. Learn how to say Tan Jong Chiggae correctly so you are not saying the Korean translation of “F” stew.

4. If you can get kids to stop adding Es to the end of every word, you have been a successful English(ee) teacher.

3. Don’t work with your husband if all wants to do is play chess and not contribute to what he’s learned in Korea.

2. Go often to the sauna (public bath) in Korea. It’s the best $4 experiences I’ve ever had. And it’s not as scary as it might sound. They actually stare at you more when robed.

1. Learn to get gawked at as if you are Julia Roberts or a caged animal. Personally, I prefer the movie star status. I’m tempted to give out autographs. On Jeju Island, I took a family’s photo and then they asked me to be in a photo with their kids. Which I did.

10 thoughts on “Celebrating six months with a Top 10

  1. Brittany says:

    I love lists too. This is one of my favorites posts that have appeared on Kimchi and Cornbread. Are you serious about the lack of toilet paper in restrooms? Do they really not wipe? I am completely appalled. I would hate to do others laundry as a cleaning lady, etc.


  2. Whit & Lindsay says:

    I’m serious. I’ve concluded that they don’t wipe sometimes. Most of the time though they bring their own. It’s a BYOTP kind of country.I’ve been stranded a few times at the squatter with nothing to do but bounce. I know. TMI.


  3. Kyle says:

    I read this aloud to Justyn and we laughed. Fun post! Hope we get to visit while you are still over there. We totally had a similar experience at the Royal Palace in Bangkok. This Asian man stopped us and asked us to take pictures with a group of school children and then with just his daughter. It was so funny and weird!


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