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How Have I Missed You, Asia? Let Me Count the Ways

The Small Things You Grow to Love

· Food,Korea

After a day layover in Seoul, I've begun to realize all the little things I've missed about Asia. Here are just a few that have come to my mind while here.

1) Plastic Sample Food - There's something about getting to stare at little plastic examples of a restaurant's dishes that just delights me. Sure I could look at the menu, but the live version is so much more exciting. Kind of reminds me of those plastic picnic sets I used to play with as a kid. But come on..doesn't this make you way more hungry than a piece of paper?

2) Hello Kitty and Crew - I missed the loud, crazy, animated things everywhere. From restaurants to night market toys to 7-11... the vibrant colors take over. Sure it seems a little childish to go to a Hello Kitty themed cafe as an adult, but what's wrong with that?

3) Free Wi-Fi - As it should be, the internet for free. I'm not saying everywhere, but places like cafes and the airport should have it, I mean, after all, you are paying to be there. Let's face it, you're stuck here in the terminal, and if you're under the age of 60, you're probably addicted to social media. Having to pay $20 for a few hours of the internet seems a little greedy.

4) Cheap and Ever Present Food - While Australia has plenty of markets, they still aren't the same. I miss the little impromptu markets that took up a block, stands of all varieties hawking $2 meals. I'll take one of everything. Even restaurants are still cheaper. While I'm forking over $20-$30 a meal in Australia or the States, here in Korea I just paid $10 for all this food.

There are so ​many more, but these are the ones that come to mind now. Anyone else have things they love or miss about a place?

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