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Disclaimer: I’ve been to two Korean weddings. I’m not an expert, but let’s just say I have more knowledge than the average, non-Korean wedding attending population. Here are my dos and don’ts. Follow these and you’ll only make a minimal fool of yourself
There is something funny about being on airplanes, being in such close vicinity with people that were strangers only moments before and who after the duration of the flight will become strangers again. During the time period spent in the air, people become more than strangers and less than acquaintances–all collectively praying together that your plane does not crash.
Last week, while perusing one of the many travel blogs I follow, I read an article about things you shouldn’t do abroad. It was the usual ‘don’t stay at holed up in your apartment alone,’ ‘don’t spend all your time on the computer,’ ‘don’t come to this experience with too many expectations,’ etc. etc. I thought it was a nice piece, straightforward, predictable, but good content overall.
When I first moved to Parma, I thought I’d died and gone to food heaven. It was unbelievable. I stuffed my face with torta fritta (fried bread) and prosciutto ham. I drowned pasta in parmesan cheese. I devoured countless kinds of gelato, gorged on tiramisu, sloshed glass after glass of red wine down my neck, skipped glibly from restaurant to restaurant to sample new pasta combinations.
For the last few months, many of my friends and family at home have been worried about me. I live in South Korea, and Kim Jung-un’s threats even worried my most stoic family members. I keep telling them I’m not worried about North Korea; I’m worried about other things