A day w/o kimchi is like a day w/o sunshine.Koreans really aren't the assimilators like the Filipinos are. Koreans in the States call the Americans "foreigners". They're like the Amish. But w/ technology. And clothing w/ buttons.
Oh to be young and sensible. You're in for a tough life. It's called protectionism. Koreans don't want inexpensive food imports and are willing pay through the nose to support (most of) their farmers. They had to sacrifice their banana growers a few years back, but Korea isn't tropical and they couldn't figure out how to sell domestically grown ones for less than $1.50. Each.You ought to see the price of rice. The most expensive rice in the world is grown there. And...
Obviously you have to work within your budget. That $4k may look like a lot, but you've got $33 a day. For everything. (If you do have $5k still budget your travel for $4k and you'll have money for a few extravagances, such as hiring a guide and auto-ricksaw for Angkor Wat rather than hiring a bicycle.) So, how much of that $33 will go to your bedding? In Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos cheap lodging of less than $10 is available in areas; of course you're roughing it and...
Many have recommended that you not buy a new car, and I echo that.
This is what Consumer Reports of April 2011 says are the best used cars between $18 and 20k:
Acura MDX '06; TL '06; TSX '07
Audi A4 (4-cyl.) '07
BMW X3 '06
Chevrolet Corvette '04
Chrysler Aspen '08
Ford Edge (FWD) '08; F-250 (2WD) '08; Fusion (V6, AWD) '10; Fusion Hybrid '10; Mustang (V8) '07
Honda Accord (4-cyl.) '09; Civic Hybrid '09; CR-V '08; Ridgeline '07; S2000 '07
Hyundai Santa Fe '09
Fixed it for ya! The chalk stripe and double-breasted suit are made for each other. Take a look at the first, third and fourth pictures posted by Master-Classter... the look is so much better than the others. The only single-breasted suit that rivals them is Spoo's w/ the peak lapel. Going forward I'd say make sure your suit isn't overly striped and get the peak lapel if you're going w/ single-breasted suit.
I don't like the penultimate one much; seems the stripes are too close together. Looks too busy. The first six are all very nice, especially the double-breasted ones. Don't like the seventh.The goldfish pin needs to go. Don't like any jewelry on a suit. Other than that both are nice but the blue is better than the grey one NOBD posted w/ it.
I'm glad to have not met the foreigners you've come across; certainly not very self-reliant. Two months and back to the Maritimes.Though not as foreigner friendly as the subway, the bus is still easy peasy. One can get by w/o knowing little if any Korean. Naega (and other pronouns) wouldn't be of much help w/ directions. Odi and the yogi, chogi, kogi are more beneficial to know. So sez this ko jaengi.