Halloween is easily the best holiday of the year. I associate it with the dawn of cooler weather, the holiday season, and great, scary times with friends. However, I was worried that Halloween in South Korea would be lackluster. Koreans don’t really celebrate All Hallow’s Eve. But never underestimate a large population of 20-somethings with expendable income and a lot of free time. There are a number of Halloween related activities in the last few weeks of October. I’ve decided on checking out my first Rocky Horror Picture Show event. I'm super excited, but I have just one problem. What will I wear?!
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
As much as I adore Korean food, sometimes I just need a break from all the rice and kimchi. The availability of western brands and products in the regular supermarkets is definitely respectable, but there are just some things the likes of Lotte Mart, Home Plus, and E-Mart don't carry. Luckily, Costco does exist in Korea, and it's basically a mecca for Westerners who need to stock up on some favorites from home.
As expected, finding comfort foods from home can be a difficult task. Items such as ranch dressing, sandwich meat, and Easy Mac can be coveted items for an English teacher in Korea. Despite the endless scavenger hunt that can ensue to find your favorite foods, that does not mean that it is an impossible task. Here are some places that you can find beloved foods from back home while teaching in Korea.
"You look like you could use an almond milk coffee smoothie with real mint chocolate bits," the man behind the counter caught me off-guard as I stood at the entrance of the store wide-eyed and drooling. "I can make it for you now and you can enjoy it while you shop." I nodded, unable to verbalize my gratitude. "Did he just read my mind?" I thought. Maybe he did, or maybe he just saw me for the sucker that I am, regardless, the drink was beyond amazing and I couldn't help but make a few annoying slurping sounds with my straw as I managed to enjoy each bit of the almond milk deliciousness as I browsed all that High Street Market had to offer.
Teaching English in Korea can be difficult in terms of getting certain items. There have been a few blogs on the topic and even tips on where to get items. For starters, I have constantly asked for care packages from home because there are a handful of items that I cannot find here, or the price is ridiculously overpriced for the items. This is to the point where international shipping is cheaper, unbelievable! I decided to compile a list of things that are a MUST bring if you do come to teach English Korea, and a tip as to where you can pick up certain products.