010. towels

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i had done a lot of preparation for my first trip to korea in 2011, but i never anticipated that one of my first culture shocks would be the size of the towels.  during the first week that i was there, i stayed at hi seoul youth hostel.  i reserved a private room for 4 days and it was like i was staying at a luxurious hotel, but without the price tag. 10/10 would recommend.

while i was checking out my quarters, i noticed that the bathroom had been stocked with what appeared to be hand towels only. so i called the front desk and requested some bath towels.  when i received these “bath towels” i discovered that in korea, there was no apparent distinction between bath towels and hand towels.  it was rather shocking since i was used to using huge towels at home after a bath or shower.  i later learned that this is because most korean homes don’t have adequate space to store gigantic towels, so the smaller towel is a clever way to utilize available space and still get the job done.

a friend later taught me how i could use one of these towels to wrap my hair after a shower, a skill i am rather proud of.  however, i never became advanced enough to use less than two towels per shower.  it’s still a bit of a work in progress.

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how to do things in your korean apartment

My husband made this for me when I lived in Korea and it ended up being a very valuable resource as I learned the ins and outs of the various appliances around my officetel.  I came across it recently and thought I’d share it here because it’s too helpful to keep for myself, especially considering I no longer live in Korea 。◕‿ ◕。

They are, from top to bottom:

▽How to use your washing machine

▽ How to set your rice cooker to cook while you’re sleeping (I’m still startled to this day when the rice is cooking because the ENTIRE apartment smells like popcorn and it shakes and steams and it’s 4 AM)

▽ How to use the ondol heater (mine was broken all winter long so this didn’t really end up mattering to me)

▽ How to get into your home if the door lock is out of power (luckily I never had to use this).

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