Signs You’re Becoming a Seoulite

I am coming up on a year of Seoul right now and it’s got me thinking about how my lifestyle has changed. Here’s a list I’ve compiled with the help of a few other waygookins of ways to tell if you are becoming a true Seoulite.

-You’ve been to a kpop concert

-Then you got over kpop

-But still might defend it to friends back home

-You have an opinion about Lee Min Ho

-Wearing shoes in the house is an unforgivable offense

-You watch dramas to “practice your Korean”

-You know what a꽃미남 is and have a strong opinion about them

-If you go to an restaurant and an array of kimchi and pickled side dishes aren’t provided, you feel cheated.

-Dinner, dessert, and drinks are likely all rice based

-You know how to handle the table grill and can tell when the 산갑살 is just right.

-You have a favorite bubble tea chain (Gong Cha for life!)

-They know you at the local 김밥 천국, and they don’t try to give you a fork or an English menu any more.

-Even a low key night with friends will probably have a few minutes of photo time at some point.

-Most of your friends will be holding up two fingers in a little peace sign by their face.

-Sometimes you make that little peace sign.

-You’ve become really concerned with skin care

-You own a face mask, maybe more than one and one is designated as your “nice” face mask

-If the weather says “foggy,” you know that really means smoggy and you need to wear a mask

-You dread line 4 and 1 around 6 pm- any lines really

-But you know know some of the best shopping deals are underground in subway malls

-You’ve experienced near death by taxi at least 16 times. This week

-You have a signature noraebang song

-You’ve learned how to tell if a bar or noraebang is a nice one or the type that sells company for the evening

-Occasionally you write a Hangul letter where you meant to write a Roman character

-You have shoes specifically for monsoon season

-Service is what you ask for if you want free samples or 20 extra minutes of noraebang time

-You know that getting in with the local Adjhummas is the key to many things

-You hold hands with same-sex friends

-You bring a box of fruit if you are invited over someone’s house

-You give strangers directions voluntarily

-You don’t really notice the stares anymore

What were signs that you were going native? How have you found yourself adjusting to life in another culture?

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