It’s been three weeks since I’ve been in Korea. When I first landed it didn’t feel like I had left the U.S. Seoul looked like a cleaner, larger Koreatown. There are some things that I’ve had to get used to, but there are some things that I’ve come to appreciate. Here are a few of my favorite things here in Korea:
1. Heated floors. I must admit that I was afraid of spending my winter in Korea. But I am grateful for heated floors while indoors! I wish I had this back home.
2. Stationery. Nothing beats Korean stationery. You can go into any small, corner stationery store and discover cute pens, pencils, notebooks, and cards. The writing on these items may not always make sense, but we’re looking at cute factor here, not grammar. Even the cheap writing tools write well!
3. Fruits. The last time I was in Korea was 15 years ago. I remember eating a lot of fruit and loving every single bite. This time around is no different. I’ve had the most delicious strawberries and oranges. (Maybe a bit too many oranges being here on Jeju Island. Jeju is known for their oranges and they are everywhere.)
4. Socks. When I was growing up, relatives and family friends would always bring back socks from Korea and I hated wearing them. They were white and had these lines that would make imprints into my skin and had “BYC” or some other Korean brand stamped on the side. I was so embarrassed to wear these. They screamed fob. These days Korean socks are cute and they fit really well. They don’t slip off my feet, which I really appreciate since I find myself taking off my shoes more often here.
5. Pants. I bought a pair of thick pants to keep me warm during my stay. I realized that they not only fit well around my waist, but I don’t have to hem them! Yay! I almost always have to hem my pants because I’m vertically challenged but now that I am in the land of my peoples I find that clothes fit me better.
6. Learning from Korean speakers. I’ve been able to listen to speakers from all over Korea and am grateful for their teaching. Through them I’ve been learning more about what God is doing here in Korea and what he’s done in the past.
Hope you’re experiencing joy wherever you are this winter.