Today, I wanted to share some tidbits about living in Korea. Maybe you will find it helpful!
Vitamins and minerals are essential to living a healthy life. Coming from sunny south Florida, to South Korea, I didn’t realize how much not having nearly as much sun would have an effect on me. Korea was much more overcast, and way colder than Florida, (Korea has an actual winter) and it definitely began to take a toll on my health. I took a multivitamin, either in the form of a shake, or pill, and vitamin D. Vitamin D is a great supplement to take for many reasons, and if you aren’t getting enough sunlight. In fact, a lot of the people I knew that were from sunny places and living in Korea, were taking it! The food and atmosphere is different in a foreign country, than what you may be used to, so make sure that you are getting the proper vitamins and minerals.
I had some minor hair loss during my time in Korea, and did not figure out why until it was almost time for me to leave. Whatever chemicals were placed in the water was causing my hair to fall out more than usual whenever I washed it. It was like my hair could not wait to leave my scalp! A friend of mine mentioned that she had stumbled across an online forum, where foreigners were talking about hair loss connected with the water in Korea. Many of my foreign friends were also experiencing some type of hair loss, and found that investing in a filtered shower head helped. Since I only had a short time left in Korea, I didn’t want to buy anything that I wasn’t going to take home with me. The people that I know who did use a filtered shower head said that it definitely helped. I tried drinking filtered tap water for a very short period of time, but stuck with bottled water shortly after.
Instead of having packages delivered to my apartment address, I had them sent to my school. I lived in a very small apartment building, that had no security guard, or area to leave packages. If I were to have something delivered to my home address, and the landowner weren’t there to hold it for me, it would be taken back to the post office. So for me, it was more convenient to just have packages shipped to the school. I never had an abundance of things delivered at once, so I was still able to take the subway home. If it were something on the heavier side, it was only a few dollars to take a taxi home.
I’m not suggesting that everyone needs to do these while living in Korea, these were just some small things that I was not aware of before going to Korea, and helped me out.