You might not think Korea and the tiny state of Vermont have anything in common. I certainly didn’t think that it would when I first got here. However, after living here for a while now I’ve come to see it’s not as different as you might at first assume.
1. RECYCLE ALL THE THINGS!
As you might guess, this has made me a happy camper. Here in Korea they take recycling seriously. Practically everything is recyclable. This includes, candy wrappers, and snack packaging! In addition to recycling, there is mandatory composting. That means each sink has this basket, you get the yucky job of putting the compost into the special compost bag. Or if you had a big family, a bucket they give you. Vermont also takes its recycling seriously. We’ve done it…well as long as I can’ remember! Additionally Vermont is taking it one step further with mandatory composting. Our time in Korea is training us well!
Here’s a look at our trash:
The big black bag is all recycling (left). The medium white bag is trash (center). yes that is our trash bag for a week. Over an entire week’s worth of trash. The little yellow bag (right) is our compost, again we go through about 1 of those each week. Sometimes more, sometimes less, depends on what I cook and how much compost we have.
2. Glorious Mountains
The mountains around here don’t look exactly the same, but almost everywhere you go you can spot a mountain. One of things I missed most living in NC and in PA was being surrounded by mountains. It soothes my soul to know I’m safely surrounded by mountains. (Seriously, I don’t know how you deal with flat places I always feel so…exposed >.>;)
3. Small Farms Everywhere
Go out side the major cities and there are small farms everywhere, wherever they can fit farm land there are farms! From growing rice to raising cattle there are all sorts of farms within easy sight from the highway. Each farm is fairly small, and often oddly shaped to take advantage of whatever land they can use. Small Vermont farms don’t look the same, and are probably more spread out, but they still dominate the country side.
4. Local Produce
With all those farms it’s easy to find local produce. The trucks drive around with megaphones selling their wares, and the local markets are full of local fruits, veggies, and other produce and products. At a festival? You bet the local vendors are there selling local specialties and products! It might look different in Vermont, but you can bet in supermarkets and local festivals alike there are tons of local produce and goodies.
There are tons of festivals here, especially in the fall! From food festivals to military festivals there is something to do all the time. We had no idea what we were doing when we got here, even so we still managed to go to multiple festivals. The same is true in Vermont. Visit in the summer and fall and be spoiled for choice for your festival options, food? beer? jazz? art? It’s all there, a little something for everyone.
You might not think that Korea and a small state in America that no one has ever heard of have that much in common, then again, you might be surprised! Of course the similarities can only go so far, that’s why I’ll also be talking about how they are also NOTHING a like next week! (Don’t worry I go beyond the obvious!)