• Asia,  Cultural differences

    What sort of questions will you get in Asia?

    When it comes to Asia, there are many customs, habits that are different from the West. Even I found many things absurd since I was born in Europe and grew up here. Out of many differences the most recognizable one was the way they communicate. In this post I’m going to tell you how a conversation with an Asian goes like and what are their most common questions. First shock I would like to also emphasize that this is more likely the way the elders talk. When I was in Busan, Korea, I left early to visit Beomeosa temple. On the way I bought a rice bun from an auntie…

  • Cultural differences,  Solo travelling

    12th of July – Accident and car insurance

    I guess today was the day I was reborn. I decided to leave early and not watiting for the breakfast at 8am. I wanted to climb to the top of the Hallasan. It was a plan I made one year ago after I climbed up to Bukhansan in Seoul. But there was a huge change. Right from the beginning I felt bad for being hungry but at 5am nowhere was opened. Then in the car I typed the address of the trail that lead up to the summit, however the GPS didn’t have the address. I tried many way but still no result. If you plan to rent a car…

  • Cultural differences,  Solo travelling

    8th July – The term privacy means different for the Koreans

    I can’t tell whether this post is a positive or negative one. I had a very grateful moment as well as disturbing one. I will let you decide it. Since I started travelling I couldn’t sleep really well. For 2 days I didn’t have a proper sleep and after that I went to bed at midnight but woke up at 6am or 7am. While going to places I always fell asleep on the public transport because the travelling time was extremely long. Going from A to B always took around 1 hour. As for eating I also didn’t eat properly especially in the morning as I didn’t buy food to…

  • Asia,  Cultural differences

    About Korea and the Koreans

    When it comes to Asia, the people and the way they live are totally different from Western lifestyle. They have their own tradition, custom that dates back for more than 1000 years. Therefore in term of thinking and living they are a different world. That’s why it is really important to know their mindset, their habit so to be able to adjust to the locals. That way we can avoid uncomfortable situations while travelling, working or studying there. I have spent 11 days in Korea and honestly it exceed my expectation. Both the people and the country amazed me in its own way. In this post I will write about…

  • Asia,  Cultural differences

    The 29th International Youth Forum

    The Forum has just finished and right now I miss people I met during the event and Korea a lot. This post is about what happened at IYF and a few interesting things I learned from people all around the world. Before the forum My teacher announced the forum to us and we applied through Korean Culture Center. We had to write an essay relating to given topic within 4th Industrial Revolution. The Korean Culture Center sent our documents with the reference letter from my teacher to Korea and around 1 month later I got the news that I was accepted. I was excited as well as not knowing what…

  • Cultural differences,  Motivation

    Are you selfish? – The big difference between Eastern and Western culture

    As I study Humanities at university we had lesson where we compared the difference between Eastern and Western culture. To me the biggest difference between the two culture is that Easterns live in community and the interest of a commune is the first while Westerns take individual more important. In Eastern the hierarchy in a family (respecting elders) is more emphasized, which mean the younger one have to do what the elder says. Whereas it is more liberal in Western, everyone can make their own decisions and it is respected. I think this is one of the main factor that the two culture can’t adjust to each other easily. But the worst…

  • Cultural differences

    What is the difference between America, Europe and Asia?

    Up to now I had a chance to put my foot on three continents in the world. In this article I would like to write about my experiences that I gained during my travelling and living in these three places. This is only a general comparison of these three continents that I noticed, all from my own opinion. It may vary in different country and also city. At first meet In Europe people remain a bit of large distance, because there personal area is big. At first sight, they seem to be a cold, hard to approach, they say Hi with handshaking. But later when you get to know them…