sweat

back to Bikram or how I will soon be able to calm down an angry Korean

from http://exuberanza.com

A friend from college who spent two previous years in Korea quickly became my go-to source for random questions and concerns before my final decision to sign, stamp and send my teaching contract back to my recruiter. She planned to return home to the US shortly before my own departure date. I was lucky enough to meet up with her in Boston for a quick drink and a much needed pep talk that reassured me I was making the right decision by moving to Korea (“Korea!?” – all my friends/family at holiday gatherings).


Death by Fan

Korea is slowly killing me at the moment with its summer. Breaking into a sweat by just walking in the shade wearing a short sleeved shirt and shorts is not my idea of a fun day out when you’re just going to the shops. It’s a case of constantly having to drink water and searching for anywhere that is air conditioned. Unbelievable as it may seem, you can see quite a few Koreans walking around in jeans, coats and sweaters when it is at least 32C (90F) and 85% humidity. Then there are those who appear to have similar traits to a traditional vampire and shy away from the sun, covering their face with a huge visor or using an umbrella as a shield against the dreaded ultraviolet rays. However, I think that this behaviour has little to do with the heat. It’s probably more of an Elizabethan attitude of desiring an abnormally unhealthy pale skin.


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