Danielle Davidson is currently studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea. This is her first hand experience with living abroad.
From what I’ve seen, there are pretty much only three flavors of milk in the U.S., plain, chocolate and strawberry. So when I heard banana milk was a thing in East Asia, I thought I should try some. The banana milk was indeed, banana milk. I felt like I was drinking a banana in liquid form, and
it was strange.
I was surprised that it actually tasted like the yellow-peel covered fruit, but still it was disconcerting. Still, for people like me who don’t take to the banana milk, there are even more options!
Coffee milk, caramel macchiato coffee milk (my favorite so far).From what I’ve seen, coffee milk is similar in popularity to banana milk and it tastes like coffee, which is always a plus.
But, what’s up with the need to drink a variety of flavored milks? Who knows. Maybe it has to do with the fact that a lot of things here are ‘cutseyfied.’
Friends and couples can be seen walking up and down the street, possibly drinking banana milk. wearing matching shirts, shoes, jackets or headbands.
At first for foreigners it’s something alien but after about a month, seeing girls with matching headbands or couples with matching shirts doesn’t even spark hesitation.
They simply want to show off their friendship or proclaim their relationship status so that everyone can see it. Sometimes it’s cute (matching shoes), and sometimes it’s a neon sign (matching everything), but if I don’t think about it too much it’s pretty easy to tune out all the declarations.
Flavored milk, cutesy everything and matchy clothes were a shock for the first couple of weeks and every time. Now I just keep walking, because cute and matchy are now a part of daily life.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a foreigner and feel oddly out of place a good portion of the time, but adjusting to the little things is
helping me adapt.