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Sunday, November 29, 2015

NYC Trip Recap

Hi,
Quick recap of my trip to New York City.
It was a crazy whirlwind of a trip. Had so much to do, people to see, and, on top of that, there was a 14-hour time difference (thank you daylight savings time).

I managed to go to almost all of the boroughs. I spent most of my time in Manhattan, but also managed to go to Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

The Bronx barely counts. I just went there to go to Target to buy toothpaste and vitamins. As stupid as it sounds, the thing I miss the most while in Korea is American toothpaste. I haven't quite gotten desperate enough to get a Costco membership, but I can feel that may happen soon enough, especially if I stay here much longer.


Question: When you are abroad, what do you miss the most?
For me, Target, toothpaste with fluoride, and reasonably priced vitamins.



Some observations:
1. My culture shock started at the Incheon Airport. I forgot that every middle-aged white man generally dresses like my dad. It's like all 60-something American men buy the same clothes from the same stores (aka. checked button-front shirts and khakis from Target).

2. Delta was not as bad as it usually does. But...maybe it was also because I got a really good deal, so I feel like I was willing to put up with a lot after only paying about 600 USD for a roundtrip ticket.

3. The Detroit airport is clean! However, it seems very empty most of the time!

4. Supershuttle is REALLY unreliable from the LaGuardia airport! I was quoted 20 minutes wait-time, but it took them 78 minutes!
I am still waiting to hear from customer service if I am getting a partial refund.

5. Americans are very friendly. Koreans are all standoffish with strangers, but the other travelers in the Supershuttle were super friendly, but not in a super obtrusive way.

6. Cities change so quickly! But, some stuff stays the same.

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