My sister-in-law had told us how warm and friendly people are here, but we have been really struck by two recent incidents.
We were looking for a real estate agent in a neighboring city when we decided to have some lunch. The waitress spoke English and we asked her where the agent was. Next thing we knew, she was calling friends and asking about apartments. Then, she asked other customers if they knew of apartments. Everyone was apologetic because they could not find us an apartment.
Just as remarkable was our trip to a neighboring town for a festival. As it turned out, no festival...oops. Either way, we ended up wandering around the tiny town. We saw these beautiful trees and then beautiful houses. We went to investigate and found the most beautiful tea house and gardens I have seen anywhere. We were walking around and we were greeted by a woman who could not speak English. She invited us in for tea. Just then, a colleague called and I handed the phone over to her. They made a decision, we would have Korean tea, then the woman would drive us to our home. Not sure that would happen at home.