Sometimes it’s discovering the minute geographical details that make living abroad so rewarding. For instance, one of the first things I noticed after moving was that the Korean smiley-face emotocon is not 🙂 but rather ^^ . It took me around 2 weeks to figure out what this meant, during which time my text messages were completely emotionless. Another one of my favorite subtleties is the money counting. Rather than passing bills from hand to hand like we do in the States, the tradtional Korean method is to fold it in half around one hand and peel back the bills with the opposite thumb. Above is a handy video I found illustrating money counting from all over the globe, and you might be surprised at the variety of methods. Personally the Middle Eastern method looks like a pain in the ass, but really, money is money, and in the end, that’s all that counts.