My #1 Tourist Duh
Updated: Mar 2, 2020
So the things I worried about regarding our trip to Seoul, Korea, like finding my way around and communicating, turned out better than I ever expected. Seoulites are tourist friendly, helpful and hospitable and so it was easy. I pulled out every Korean word I learned in the last 2 years in school and then some.
On the other hand, things I never dreamed would be an issue, like laundry (virtually no dryer in Korea) surfaced as challenges. We did wash at mom's place and hung clothes on her drying rack. Most Koreans hang clothes out to dry – something about the cost of electricity to run a dryer and how dryer heat is not good for you. When we ran out of room for wet clothes at mom’s place, we carted a bag onto a taxi to hang the remainder in our hotel room. Turns out my family generates more-than-the-average amount of laundry. It’s an American thing. I sent a bag of laundry to the dry cleaner and hand washed things. Turns out, to cater to Americans, there are residence hotels with dryers. It seemed like a big deal at the time, but in hind site, no one had to go sightseeing without clothing.