A friend asked me what I thought of South Korea, and since I had only been in the country for about 24 hours I gave a quick assessment. Now after having been to Jeju and now back to Seoul for a few nights, I have to say that my first impressions of South Korea stand up quite well!
First Impressions of South Korea
1. If it can be personified, it will be personified. It seems to be the golden rule that everything should have a face on it. Everything. And I've fallen prey to this several times. Why? Because it's cute, that's why. I mean, look at that onigiri!
2. White bread is KING. I think it’s what fuels the economy. You can get it stuffed with ice cream. You can get it stuffed with blueberries. These little sandwiches are, of course, cute. The crusts are cut off and the edges are sealed to make what look like little pillows. But...(#3).
3. Koreans have a massive sweet tooth. Things that shouldn’t be sweet are really sweet. Jill purchased what she thought was a peanut butter sandwich but it was “peanut creme” instead. Sweet potato is also a huge thing here, and if you are lucky you can find a sweet potato latte. It's pretty delicious, but as you may have guessed, it's sweet. Really sweet.
4. Everything talks. The toilet talks. The lock on the hotel door talks. I have no idea what they are saying. This hasn't borne up over the following week after our arrival. But like I said, this is really just my first impressions of South Korea. and who said that you never get a second chance to make a first impression?
5. Koreans Love Coffee. I can't count the number of coffee shops you can see just standing at the bus station. Sometimes they aren't even proper coffee shops. It's like a pizza shop...that has coffee! So the sign says Pizza & Coffee. Because why not? Seems like something people would want, right? Last time you ate a pizza weren't you lamenting your lack of coffee?
Sometimes first impressions can be dangerous. Especially if you don't allow room to revise them. But other times first impressions are pretty spot on.
Have you ever been wrong about your first impression when traveling?