My husband and I moved back to πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ from πŸ‡°πŸ‡· two months ago after 4.5 years living there. It was time for us to go, but I loved living there.
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    Kimchi jjiggae. Samgyeopsal. Napjeok mandu. Y'all don't KNOW. I want it all the time. It took me 3 months to like kimchi (bc for 3 months I only ate it in my school's cafeteria like an IDIOT). Since we moved back we've made chamchi jjiggae (tuna-tofu-kimchi stew aka greatest comfort food of all time, with πŸšβž•πŸ³on top) and chapchae (stir fried glass noodles w veggies) and kimbap (like a California roll but totally different) but it's not the same. Seriously Korean food πŸ’―πŸ’žπŸ•ŠπŸ¦„πŸ”₯β˜„πŸ…πŸŽ·πŸ’°πŸ’—πŸ†’
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    πŸπŸš‡πŸš†πŸš•πŸš‹Cheap public transit, including taxis where you have a better than avg chance of being hit on or killed by a McDonald's delivery moped. free 🚲borrowing in major cities. aggressively climate controlled buses and subways where old dudes in wigs try to sell everyone gardening gloves. high-speed trains that are too expensive but insanely fast (Daegu to Seoul in 2hrs) and slow trains that are insanely cheap. And if you want to get out of the city, car rental places errywhere.
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    Health care
    $40 and 30 minutes to remove 2 wisdom teeth. Including medication and return visits. LASIK for roughly $1000. Advanced medical technology and a surplus of talented doctors. It's so easy to be sick there. (With the exception that culturally, sick days aren't a thing, so if a kid has pink eye or is vomiting or has a fever his mom might still ship the wee darling off to school. Is that herd immunity or something)
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    My Korean is nonexistent except for food related vocab and getting around in taxis and stuff, but it's such an interesting language and the alphabet is so easy to learn (srsly it takes an hour max to learn the alphabet) and the history of it is so cool (King Sejong = boss). And I miss seeing it everywhere and sounding out all the shop signs.
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    In the US coffee shops are kind of a crapshoot: half the time they're just a drive-thru or right by a college campus and thus o'errun with YOUTHS. But in S. Korea there are trillions, with comfy seats and free wifi for all. They do mostly espresso drinks, rarely drip, which is a bummer. But bc there are so many, hanging out in coffeeshops is so easy, and you can just hop from place to place until you find THE ONE. Plus, it's a crazy populated country so the people-watching is πŸ’― β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ
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