Stories of South Korea, In Case You Missed It

A lot of you asked me to write about Korea this week.  And I really want to do it.  It feels very silly to me to have a blog named “California to Korea” and not write about Korea more.  I don’t know how to describe why I’m resistant to the idea other than it feels… distant.  Which is both literally and figuratively true, but it still feels like a cop out.  Since I don’t want to cop-out and not tell you about Korea, I’m just going to cop out by sharing my favorite Korea posts with you.  Yes, yes, I know, it’s probably cheating to do that this week, but I’m going to chance it because I have a lot of new readers since we moved back here.  And maybe some of you have forgotten about the strange and wonderful things we experienced there.

This is by no means a complete list.  If you click on the “Korean Culture” tab at the top of this page, it will give you a lot more posts.  But these are good starting points.

Stories of South Korea


Our first experience Eating Out.  Oy vey.  What a doof I was.

Lest I ever, ever, EVER forget: Hotel Life is not for the faint of heart.

Neither is Korean Barbecue.  Delicious, but dangerous.

Trendy in South Korea?  Couples Wearing Matching Clothes


Culture Shock:

One of the most frequently asked questions I got/get about Korea was the driving.  In the post Driving in Korea, I delve into that topic.

Of all my millions of awkward encounters with Koreans, this visit took the cake (or rather, the kimchi):  A Korean Guest Comes to Call



How North Korea’s Threats Felt in South Korea when we were living there.  Serious post, but the YouTube video on that one is funny?  But weird?  But funny?

My visit to the Demilitarized Zone (border between North and South Korea) was extremely powerful and moving.  Part 1 and Part 2, with a little bit of silly in Part 1.5


Did I do alright?  For my longtime readers, did I miss any posts that you loved?  Newer readers, is there anything else you’d like me to write about?  Do YOU have any fun or touching stories about Korea?  I want to hear it all!


This is post 4 of my 7 Posts in 7 Days.

Or #7×7 as I like to call it.

To visit more bloggers doing the same, hop on over to Jen @ Conversion Diary


  1. I am enjoying your Korea stories Micaela! Your story of a Korean grandma coming to call reminded me of a very dear family from Afghanistan whom I met shortly after they came to the United States. After a long visit by American standards, when I would get up to go, the mother and daughter would say in distress, “You are _going_?? But you just got here!”
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    • Yes, that sounds remarkably similar, Maria! That visit from our neighbor still makes me shake my head. Cultures really do differ quite a bit, don’t they?

  2. You are quite the story teller! My dad is from the island of Guam and my mother was German so I know what you mean about experiencing different cultures. We lived in Germany a few years while dad was in the military but so far I haven’t gotten to visit Guam. Although I have a lot of Guamanian relatives in the Los Angeles area and I’ve gotten to know the culture from them as well as from dad. Thanks for these fun posts!

    • Thanks, Aileen. My brother and his wife lived in Bamburg (sp?) for several years while he was still in the Army, and we had friends in Korea that were from Guam! Both places I would love to visit someday.

      Are you in LA? If so, we should get together!

  3. I actually grew up in Korea as an American expat! I was really excited to find your blog. 🙂 You’re my people or something.
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