April 26, 2015
We realized that although we post questions for people to answer in the Speaker’s Corner videobooth, lots of people just drop in to say hi. Even though we post a question, it’s not mandatory that someone has to answer it! It’s just a suggestion, so you’re welcome to speak your mind on any topic you want! This week we thought it would be nice to just post some fun videos of people saying hi and shouting out to their home countries as well as showing off their skills. Their rap skills to be specific. BUAHAHAH NOW YOU’RE ON THE INTERNET RAPPING! :D Some cool detail about this video, one is that the two lovely ladies from Toronto we ran into on the airport bus! It was so crazy because Simon and I were getting on and they were like, “OMG, we just left a video in your videobooth and were disappointed we couldn’t meet you in person!” They were going to the airport to leave that very day from Korea after being there for three years so we had a chance to chat for a bit before I had to get back into my seat. If you’re reading this, I hope you’re adjusting well to being back home! Eat all the Tim Hortons for me! Specifically: a jalapeño cheddar bagel B.E.L.T combo with a maple cream donut and a coffee with one milk, one cream. DEEPLY SOBS.
Actually that leads me to a question I have for everyone. Have any of you experienced the reverse culture shock of returning home to your birth country after being abroad for awhile? I chatted with the ladies about how strange it can feel to return home and how even though you miss your home country, you become adjusted to the country you were living in. For example, the summertime in North America blew my mind because guys and girls wear clothing that exposes a lot of skin. I grew up with this so it shouldn’t be a shock but after living in Korea for seven years I’ve become shellshocked when I see a low cut shirt and boobs. It’s like…OMG BOOBS!!! OMG!! I CAN SEE THAT MAN’S NIPPLE! OMG LOOK AT HIS HUGE TATTOO! THOSE SHORTS ARE SO SHORT! LOOK AT THAT AMAZING BOOTY! Other things that we find strange is our inability to shut off listening. We’re used to be surrounded by Korean chatter which allows you to be in a kind of quite bubble, but once we go to an predominantly English speaking country, we can hear EVERYTHING. WE CAN HEAR THROUGH TIME! Every announcement, all the music, the chatter of the staff, the chatter on phones, it becomes really overwhelming really fast. We find ourselves getting headaches and eye strain from listening and reading everything. These are things I just wasn’t prepared for! I find we prepare ourselves for travelling away from our home country, but we don’t prepare for returning.
So let me know! Have any of you experienced reverse culture shock? Also, final thought on the the video today…how adorable was that little girl? We tried to subtitle her but we really could’t make out everything she was saying. But still, SO CUTE!