- I hate that I get shushed for talking on the subway or bus (it might not happen often but it still hurts).
- I hate that in summer the school will have no A/C on even when we are all sweltered to bits. I'm Irish, I melt like the Wicked Witch of the West!
Black Tea Latte
- I hate that you don't know how to make a sandwich! Strawberry jam does not belong with ham and cheese! On the subject of bread, you really don't get bread either do you?
- I hate that you don't really know how to cut curly hair.
- I hate that you don't know how to make a plain old cup of tea. Black tea lattes just don't cut it.
- I hate that when I go home I will have forgotten how to live without a table bell and waiters hovering around will drive me insane.
- I hate that you have a festival for everything. The pressure is on to attend as many as I can whilst I am here - but do I really want to go to a backpack festival?
- I hate that you don't have any English subtitles for any of your Korean shows on OCN. All those dramas and nary an English word in sight. Vampire Prosecutor you look amazing but sadly my Korean skills are not up to par to follow you! Sigh!
- I hate that many of your beautiful palaces and temples were destroyed in the war so I only get to see a replica of their majesty.
- "But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you, not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all" even with eyes wide open at all your glory and all your grime.
|Restaurant table bell|
- I love the Korail app and all the convenience of searching, booking and cancelling my train ticket all on my phone.
- I love how convenient and cheap getting around Korea is from trains to taxis.
Jochiwon Train Station
- I love having wifi nearly everywhere you go!
- I love the Cottage Pizza lady - she is so friendly and happy and not only gives me pizza but also honey ginger tea in winter and water and oranges in summer!
- Which leads me to how much I love service in Korea. The food industry really knows how to "keep [the] customers satisfied" - from refills on their delicious and numerous side dishes, helping you to grill your meat, and when you get take-out adding unasked for items such as boiled eggs, pickled radish or cabbage salad.
- I love the way at Korean style restaurants you have a bell at each table. I love that this means no harried waiters are hovering over to you and instead you just ring a bell when you need water, lettuce or another portion of meat.
- I love all the coffee shops everywhere I go. Coffee, coffee, coffee all day long and every coffee shop caters a nice menu to non-coffee drinkers from black tea lattes to smoothies to iced lemonades and teas.
- I love the socks from the pandas to the PSY ones - they embrace Korea's obsession with cute!
Panda socks - Win-Win! They are pandas
- I love that Korea sells produce on a seasonal basis - yes, you can still get many fruit and veg out of season but at a cost! Seasonal produce is cheaper and, as it's not imported, fresher!
- "But mostly I [love] the way I [love you], [dearly], even a [lot]" even with my eyes wide open at all your glory and all your grime.
PS This post was inspired by the poem "10 things I hate about you" from the film of the same name starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles.
PS For insights into 10 things you may never understand about South Korea, please see this article. Numbers 3, 4, 5 are definitely things I wonder about sometimes!