Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Craggee 10 Days!

Whew, it has been a crazy (Koreans say crazy, "cra-gee" and now I say it like that) 10 days.
  • 10 days ago we were in Korea.
  • 7 days ago we were loading the U-haul.
  • We have seen so many precious people in the last week!
  • We are finally over jet-lag (for the most part).
  • We have about 20 more wooden stirring spoons than we need.
Okay, so the last one is not that interesting, but it has been fun/interesting to unpack all of our stuff and see what we have.  We have a lot of stuff (to say the least).  My stuff from college + Ian's stuff from before we got married + Stuff we got from the wedding + Stuff from Korea = lots, and lots, and lots of stuff.

Before we left Korea, some of my fellow waygooks asked me to blog about reverse culture shock.  Here are the things I have noticed since coming back into Western culture:
  • I feel an overwhelming sense to say, "You speak English so well!", especially if I am talking to someone who looks Korean.
  • I feel guilty if I take something from someone with only one hand.  I still do two hands or the-hand-on-arm if I hand people stuff.
    • the people are huge (vertically and horizontally), 
    • the cars are huge, 
    • the parking lots are ginormous, 
    • our kitchen is huge, 
    • and Target is about 3 times bigger than I remember it being.
  • Along with hugeness, there are a lot of big open spaces where you can see forever.
  • American shopping carts are annoying to push. The wheels only go forward or backwards.
  • I almost cried when we stood in front of the cheese aisle.  I seriously was getting emotional in the cereal aisle.  Groceries are SO cheap :)
  • I still feel like we are going to go back to Korea next week.  I feel like we are on vacation or something.
  • Americans do not know what Gangnam Style don't start doing the dance that goes along with music video.
  •  I say Assah! (awesome) and Jinja? (for real?  or really?) more often than I thought I did.
  •  Ian says that my voice is more gravely since we moved back (don't ask me).  I think it is the dry Colorado air.  I am thirsty all.the.time.
  • The food is nooky-hada (greasy) and ma-chee-sigh-yo (delicious).
  • I miss public transportation.
  • Lots of Americans/Coloradans run. 
    •  No one points, whispers, or stares when I run past them.  
    • No one covers their children eyes' either.  
    • I was super excited about running in a sports bra, but it is cold here.
  • Speaking of which, I had to carry a sweatshirt everywhere we went for the first week, because it was freezing inside all of the restaurants/stores/homes.  It is August and I have jeans on -craggeee!
  • Everything is huge! (Maybe I said that already).
  • I stare at people. 
  • Ian and I got used to people having no idea what we were saying in public.  It has been hard to remember that other people can understand what we are saying - hahahahaha.  
  • Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow  - not necessarily culture shock but a good truth to remember when you are feeling culture shock.  God knows Korean culture and American culture.  Jesus was the ultimate waygook (foreigner) and we are foreigners too - no matter what country we are in.  Heaven in our real home. 

1 comment:

  1. You guys are back in the states? What are you doing there for work and whatnot? It's good to hear about your experience getting back into America. I do miss groceries being cheap, 'cause they aren't in Korea!