Month: December 2015

Culture shocked

I always believed that a culture shock was when you didn’t adapt to the local food, felt disoriented in your surroundings or felt unsafe. None of these are true for Korea. However, many things are different to home, which I hadn’t realize would affect me. The language barrier is my main issue at the moment. Online shopping This sounds stupid but in Korea, online shopping is the way to buy EVERYTHING (even though they have huge shopping malls – these malls are usually filled with Chinese tourists). Most sites are not translated in English and your best source is not Google ! They have their own search engine called Naver. It literally kicks Google’s ass from what I understand from it. Oh, and you need a Korean credit card to shop from Korean online websites. Therefore, I cannot search, I cannot shop and I cannot buy by myself. I am lucky enough to have Korean friends and co-workers who help me out with this. So as I said, this sounds stupid, but something that was …