Since I love traveling more than anything, I have a loooong bucket list. As I have seen almost all of the European countries, had some adventures in the Middle East and Africa, and lived in North America by now, I think it is time to take over Asia. I successfully started that journey exactly one year ago by visiting Japan. I'm hoping to visit many other Asian countries as well, and one of them is South Korea.
This is why I need to visit Korea:
1. TO SEE THE TRENDIEST PEOPLE ON THE PLANET
I've seen so many pictures from Korea and people there always look perfect! Both men and women wear stylish clothes, and women are always so beautiful. While Koreans have managed to maintain their history and culture, the country has modernized extremely fast. In fact, it is now one of the leading countries in the world in terms of technology, and their architecture is world famous. People are obviously following the trend of modernization by being such fashionistas. K-pop is a perfect example of that.
2. TO EAT KOREAN FOOD SUCH AS LIVING OCTOPUS
We all know Kimchi and Korean Barbecue. Kimchi is a delicious and spicy dish made by fermenting some cabbage and radishes, and usually served as a side. And Korean Barbecue restaurants have spread all over the world. But I recently saw a video of someone eating a dish of living octopus. Well, actually the octopus is not alive, but freshly killed, so it's tentacles are still squirming and make it look like you are eating an living octopus. Freaky!
3. TO SEE IF THEY LOVE COFFEE AS MUCH I DO
Well, they can't possibly love coffee as much as I do, but I have been told that Koreans drink a lot of coffee. And not just any coffee, a good coffee. Actually, coffee has been part of Korean history for a long long time. I definitely need to experience this myself, so I can say wether I might be sharing some coffee genes with Koreans.
4. TO SEE IF THE KOREANS CAN REALLY DRINK ANYONE UNDER THE TABLE
And with that "anyone" I mainly mean Finns. I'm originally from Finland where people consume an absurd amount of alcohol. When the weekend comes, there is always a reason for a party or you can just stay home and enjoy some beer or cider. But now there is this other nation that sounds disturbingly similar to my heritage. This is something I need to see for myself before I believe it.
5. BECAUSE THEY HAVE EVERYTHING; EVEN THE OLYMPIC GAMES
As I have mentioned, Korea has a mixture of history and modern life. But they also seem to have everything that a tourist wants; big cities, beaches with turquoise water, mountains, great food and friendly people. And they have four beautiful seasons. Because of all this, Korea makes a great place to have the olympic games. Not only did they have Summer Olympics in 1988, in a few months they will be hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics. As I have lived most of my life in a Nordic country, I love all the winter sports. Cross country skiing, ski jumping and ice hockey are on top of my list.
The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea, what a bucket list item! And if I can't do both, I would love to at least visit Korea someday.