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5 Hot Must-Have Items For A Winter Trip In Korea

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Though the weather has been a bit warmer than last year’s winter, travelers and visitors especially those from countries with warmer climate should not underestimate how cold it can feel in Korea. So, for those who’ve never experienced snow or cold temperatures before, prepare yourself with these 5 hot, popular items that will help you beat the cold!


Undol -v- Radiators

In a classroom I teach in the heating hasn’t been working since who knows when. It has probably been broken since the summer. It’s one of those awful heaters that doubles as an air-conditioner, blowing out dry, heated air, in the winter, and flimsy puffs of cool in summer. Yesterday, I was sitting at a desk rubbing my knees and grimacing one of those ‘oh well you know’ friendly kind of faces towards the students who came in wrapped for artic exploration. I actually felt sorry for them because at least I could stand up and walk around for a little warmth.

I turned to one student, who I knew had lived in the UK for several years and proclaimed ‘what we need here are some radiators!’ to which she gave me a blank look. I remonstrated with her, trying to job her memory to which she replied ‘I prefer undol’. And I thought, ‘oh yeah…but no…’


some pretty fly house guests…..

When you live the sort of high profile rockstar diva life that Nicole and I do, its not uncommon to find yourself swarmed with a variety of types that just wanna breathe the same air as you. I know, disgusting. However, being the friendly sorts we are, we’ve welcomed a few of them into our home without a proper invite and instead of making an awkward scene, I’ve spent a little time recently getting to know a few of them.

Stella


Cancun: the bloodsucker’s banquet

One night I’d like to erase from memory is our infernal first night in Cancun City, Mexico. The night was like Lucifer’s sauna. The lack of air conditioning in our proximity meant every movement produced an obscene amount of perspiration. It seemed our room habitually trapped the sun’s heat and the ceiling fan had about as much gusto as a stone wall. Our only option was to open the windows in an attempt to rejuvenate the stale air.

We stripped and laid down. With the nightcap numbing our bodies and adding weight to our eyelids we eventually slept.


Bundled Up

So December is now upon us, and along with an annoying expat Christmas spirit, it has also brought the cold.  For  some, this has meant going on a shopping sprees to secure whatever warm clothing they can find, and for others it has meant pulling out whatever winter gear they were smart enough to bring from home. Either way, Koreans and foreigners alike are layering up in however they see fit.

Not that I’m any different.


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.


Hot hot heat

vibrant heat

fuels a hot sweaty body

need the cold

© John Brownlie 2010


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