We have bought some familiar foods and unfamiliar snacks on the economy at the local markets. I am still working up to buying meats and some of the more unfamiliar vegetables and fruits. We do however enjoy the "street" food, and Mike and the kids have tried Squid on a stick, along with the "meat on a stick", and various fried offerings we've tried, dumplings, and sweets. We've learned that if it's read it's most likely to be spicy and if it's corn, Koreans will put it in/on everything, including ice cream.
Here are some highlights from the first month:
|1)Attended a lantern festival in honor of Buddha's birthday |
(Buddha's birthday is like Derby back home, and is celebrated by 2 weeks worth of festivals)
|2)Attended another, smaller street festival on the river with lots of
food vendors |
and well done displays that were amazing when illuminated for the evening.
|3)Took ourselves out to a ball game! What a blast! Each player has his own theme song that is played and sung by the fans when he is at bat, led by cheerleaders. Cheerleaders! at a baseball game. It kept the entire event much livelier than stateside.|
|5)Subway riding, we've become pretty proficient at navigating the subway and feel between our feet and the subway we can make it anywhere we need to go.|
|8)Memorial day cookout with new friends. A good old fashioned American
to celebrate our freedom and remember those who gave it all while in Service.
Most of these adventures are occurring on our weekends. After our second weekend I mentioned needing some "stay home" time and Mike quickly said "No! We have less than 100 weekends left!" Well, when you put it that way....
We are beginning to establish some routine and the kids are back to their books. The move has pushed 3 of their "end of school" pictures (and graduation) back a few months. But that's OK. It's one of the reasons we choose to homeschool. We are able to embrace this life, without sacrificing their education. The younger boys are on sports teams, I'm serving on the local PWOC board, J and Mike are going to the gym 3 nights a week faithfully, we have found our chapel home, K has joined the choir and the older 3 are all attending youth group. Which is a HUGE thing for this family, as my older two have not had the greatest experience in the past with organized church youth programs (pretty ironic-given their father was a youth pastor prior to the military).
The only thing missing is our stuff and our car to help us complete the transition of making Korea our Home, at least for the next 22 months.
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