It’s that time again. I call it Storm Trooper Season – when the ajummas (older Korean women) to start bundling up from head to toe before setting foot outside. The weather this week has been 90+ degrees on at least two days, but these women look like they’re training for the Iditarod.
I understand the desire to maintain white skin and avoid tanning here, but it seems like there would be a much better way to do it than risking heat stroke every time you set foot outside. When I took this picture, my hands were so sweaty that I was worried about dropping the phone, and I was wearing short sleeves and sandals.
What’s more surprising is that most Koreans don’t wear (or even need) deodorant. I’m incredibly jealous. When I climb the stairs to my apartment, I look like I’ve been jumping rope in a sauna. Even my “clinical strength” deodorant can’t get the job done during the summer in Daegu.
My mission for this summer is to bring you more pictures of storm troopers. They’re not easy to photograph because they tend to walk faster than I run. I’ll practice and hopefully get quick on the draw.
Until next time.