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You can take the girl out of Korea...but she's still gonna bow to the ATM?

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Some habits I've internalized after living in Korea:
I like to sit on the floor (nothing beats sitting on the floor with a blanket and 온돌/ondol floor heating in the winter in Korea ooooooh it's so good I've even fallen asleep).The chopstick habit. Soup? Noodles? Meat? Birthday cake? Chopsticks.I cover my face when I laugh.I bow to everyone (hostesses, cashiers, extended family, ATMs...nothing is safe).Conversing via Kakao emojis (who needs words?).
How long before these habits erode away in a different cultural environment? It makes me sad to think the day will come where I don't bow to the ATM.* >.< My observations about American life feel refreshed since I've been living outside this culture for so long. Here are a few things I've noticed since being back "home" in American culture:

*UPDATE: I wrote this post 6 months after moving back to America, and I never published it. I'm sad to say I haven't bowed to the ATM in months ㅠㅠ

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