Archive for the ‘Habits and festivals’ Category

Early morning

Samstag, Februar 11th, 2017

Since quite a long while, I am going for a walk in the early morning on Saturday and Sunday. I often take the same way and so it has become something like a routine or a habit.

Though the way I choose is mostly the same, it is always a different experience as the conditions are changing.


I remember one time when it was snowing heavily like back at home. You could see every footstep in the snow but after a short while they were gone again. The scenery looked beautiful and even a little bit romantic, the noise of cars passing by was lower than usual and the few lights of the lanterns along the roads made everything brighter than the days before as the light was reflected by the snow.

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Slowing down and quite deserted

Montag, Januar 30th, 2017

After celebrating new year on December 31st it was time to celebrate it a second time. This time it was Lunar New Year or Spring Festival like people call it in China.

It is a time of the year which is one of the most important ones for Asian people. During the holidays, they travel to their families, stay together for a couple of days and celebrate the arrival of the new year with good food at their homes.


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Get it started

Sonntag, Januar 1st, 2017

Last week, it was the first time for me to spend Christmas and its holidays in Korea. Frankly speaking, it was nothing special. Besides sales events and some fancy light decoration here and there, Korean people seemed not to pay too much attention to this time of the year.

There is quite a high percentage of Christians among them and therefore I expected that Christmas has quite a high value for them. However, it turned out to be not much more than an opportunity for shops to give discounts or restaurants to offer special menus.


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Christmas atmosphere

Montag, Dezember 26th, 2016

Celebrating Christmas here in Korea is different from my home country. When asking friends and colleagues, they do not pay that much attention to it.There are no national holidays and few people take some days off to celebrate this period of the year.

Baking special cookies at home is not very common and to sum it up, buying gifts is the only thing people care about.

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Making the same mistake twice

Sonntag, Dezember 18th, 2016

Since living abroad I spent most of the Christmas and New Year holidays at home in Germany surrounded by my family. This was mainly due to the fact that this is one of the most important periods of the year. Also the scenery with snow covered houses and trees – when it had been cold enough – and the candles in the windows of the houses was just beautiful.

On Sundays we used to come together in the afternoon for a tea or coffee and have some home made Christmas cookies.


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Going back with mixed feelings

Samstag, Dezember 10th, 2016

Today I am on the way back to Seoul after spending two weeks two Germany.

The first half was focused on work, meetings and cooperating with colleagues whereas the second week were a few days off that I spent at my parents home.


As Christmas was approaching, their home was decorated nicely as usual and also shops and restaurants had candles everywhere, Christmas trees brought some like in the dark evening and on weekends Christmas markets opened their gates.

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Change in plans

Samstag, November 12th, 2016

The year is slowly coming to an end and you can feel that Christmas is not far away. Even though it is not a major or very traditional holiday here in Korea, people celebrate it anyway. Many shops put up massive Christmas decoration or are preparing to do so. For them any kind of holiday is more than welcome to have special sales events, discounts or offer specific products for that season.

One of the very well-known department stores is covered by thousands of lights in the evening with changing colors, imitating being wrapped in different colors or having other kind of animation. Indeed it looks very beautiful and is a good place for taking nice pictures when it is dark.


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Gifts, gifts, gifts

Sonntag, Oktober 30th, 2016

The second half of the year is a special period for our family. Except the birthdays of my niece and my father all other take place in autumn.

Within a period of two weeks there are four birthdays and one anniversary. Another month later we celebrate the birthday of my nephew and additional four weeks on top, it is time to celebrate Christmas.


As a consequence the second half of the year is the more expensive one and you need to make up your mind quite often about what could be a suitable and nice gift. Fortunately I usually have some ideas of what to send a s gift and do not have to buy vouchers or give an envelope with money.

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Local food

Samstag, Oktober 22nd, 2016

During the hot and summer period one of my favorite dishes for lunch was cold noodles. Before I came to Korea, I tried a type of cold noodles only once in China but was not really flashed by its taste.

Also in Germany I can not remember having eaten cold noodles except as a kind of a salad.


When trying it for the first time here in Korea, I immediately fell in love with it. Especially when it is hot outside, a bowl of cold noodles is very refreshing as they are usually served with vegetables and less meat. This makes it a lighter option and you do not feel stuffed with food afterwards. Either going for a more watery version or the ones with less water and just a paste of seasoning, either choosing a more sour and salty or the chewy ones with hot pepper paste – my favorite I have to admit – there are several options. Most of the time the noodles are mixed with vegetables, sometimes a few thin slices of boiled beef or seasoned, dried fish.


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Plus one

Sonntag, Oktober 16th, 2016

365 days had passed and it was time again for my birthday. Since last Wednesday I have to add one more year to my age and don’t know whether I should feel old in the meantime or not.

On the one hand when seeing the numbers for my age, I do feel old. Also when listening to songs on the radio I heard more than ten, fifteen or even twenty years ago for the very first time. (mehr …)