I’m back with another installment of my unfiltered, unnamed, and unformated vlog series about my experiences here in Korea.
For those of you who may not have seen previous episodes I’ve started setting some time aside every Tuesday and Thursday mornings to just share what’s on my mind about life in Korea. I’ll be talking about anything and everything that comes to mind so I think this will provide a little insight – at least from my angle – about life as a foreigner in Korea.
Today I thought I’d take a moment to talk about other foreigners in the country. The homogeneous nature of Korea makes running into another foreigner a bit of a surprise depending on where your are.
This fact has resulted in a situation where expats (myself included sometimes) will have some awkward reactions when they encounter one another on the street.
Some will shoot you a glance seemingly acknowledging you’re different from everyone else they may have seen that day. Others will toss you a head nod. And then some will do something that is somehow awkward, yet understandable.
There are probably a lot of factors, personality, origin, that influence their reactions. For example, people from bigger cities might be less inclined to differentiate between strangers be they foreign or otherwise. Either way, it’s just someone they don’t know.
What do you do when you encounter expats you don’t know while out and about?
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