This is a somewhat obligatory post; most people that do this have the same post. And, with all obligatory posts, there comes the obligatory disclaimer:
***Obligatory Disclaimer*** The post you are about to read is based on my experience alone, it is by no means applicable to everyone, it is just what I have learned from my time in Korea. It is my experience, there are many like it, but this one is mine.
With that out of the way, here is a list (subject to change on any given day) of pros I have found about living and working in Korea. In no particular order:
- Being away from friends and family back home. In Korea, and I would venture to say living abroad anywhere, time flies. Here, we live our lives a contract at a time. The years go by in a blink and back home, we are missing events with friends and family while we both age and grow. Being away from those you love sucks!
2. Going back to the people you meet. You meet some truly amazing people and then, as soon as a contract begins, it ends. Memories that you thought you’d continue to make with people come to an end as you say farewell.
3. Different Culture. Sometimes, as beautiful as it is to experience a different culture, it also sucks. Differing ideologies don’t always match up and in Korea it is no different. When East meets West there are just some things that don’t mix. We all try to roll with the punches but sometimes they just add up.
4. Sometimes, I walk down the street and want a hardshell taco. Dirty. Like from taco bell. As delicious as Korean food is, sometimes it doesn’t make up for the foods you are used to back home. When pizza comes equipped with potatoes and shrimp, burgers are drowned in mayo, and corn ice cream is a common flavor, sometimes you just crave the crap you loved back home.
5. Back home, I would go to rock shows with friends on any given weekend. I miss my music. Another con about being in Korea is that, if you are not a fan of Maroon 5, high pitched pop, ballads, or KPop you may not find a bunch of music to enjoy. One thing about Korea is that when there is a fad, everyone follows is. This translates to music. If Adam Levine spits the next super mainstream BS track, every place in Korea is playing it. I once saw a student rock a Run DMC shirt and I asked, “Who is that?” and the student had no clue.
So…here are 5 cons about living and working in Korea. Pros that you have on one hand, easily become cons on the other. It’s all a matter of perspective.