Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Canada vs. Korea
My girlfriend AnneMarie sent me this poem about Saskatchewan weather and it made me laugh. Maybe you have to be from Saskatchewan to understand how HILARIOUS this really is.
It's winter in Saskatchewan
And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy miles an hour
At twenty-five below
Oh, how I love Saskatchewan
When the snow's up to your butt
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut
Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I guess I'll hang around
I could never leave Saskatchewan
'Cause I'm frozen to the ground!!
Anyways so it got me thinking today when I was out in the cold about what I like about Korea and Canada and then of course what I don't like.
And since I have come back home (Canada) here is what I have realized:
Let's start with the good: I love how people give you SPACE; they push their carts, smile when you make eye contact and apologize when they get in your bubble, it's nice!!!! I take a bubble bath EVERYDAY while I read my free book from the library. Everyone understands me, well most of the time. I can hop in my car and get anywhere in 15 minutes (unless it's blistering outside). I don't feel FAT, I'm comfortable in my skin. And there are shoes and clothes that fit me. I think it's great that I don't have to wait for a parking space.
Okay bad: It's freezing cold here and there is nothing I can do to warm up. My tip at dinner is more than I would pay for a decent meal in Korea. I can't find any food that makes my lips or mouth tingle, nothing is spicy enough!!!! It's really too convenient to hop in the car and buy a slurpee and chocolate bar.......ummmm!!!! TAX BLOWS!!!!!!!!!!! I can't be with Sung Hyun.
So there you have it, the good and bad. I enjoy Canada and sometimes I can be pretty negative about Korea. So I have decided that if I'm going to have a good year in Korea then I have to focus on the positive -- the good things that make me happy, not the bad things that make me miss Canada.