Sunday, November 01, 2009
When we first arrived in Korea, and I saw Pocari Sweat on sale in vending machines and convenience stores, I laughed and mocked them and swore that I would never drink it. I tried it once, but the combination of the off-putting name and the fact that it actually looks like bottled sweat was too much for my mind to handle, and I hated it.
After a while, though, if you see something enough it starts to become ordinary. At some point the name of a product just becomes that product and nothing else, and the words don't have any other meaning outside of it.
So it was with Pocari Sweat. Lisa and I both have grown quite fond of it, and drink it regularly after a workout or on a hike. It doesn't have as much sugar as other sports drinks like Gatorade or Powerade (both of which are sold in Korea, though only in one flavor) and I have to admit it is quite refreshing.