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Happy Turkey Day! Korea-style.

Talking with my mouthful. Stephen eating his first Thanksgiving feast.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We celebrated it early here in Korea! We are very lucky to have a Costco in Daegu (not very common in Korea) and so we have access to many homestyle foodstuffs that we are used to back home for Thanksgiving. They also provided a service to foreigners where we could buy/order turkeys that came with gravy and stuffing. Since none of us have ovens, this was a total Thanksgiving miracle! Yay Costco!

We managed to rustle up some pumpkin pies and an apple pie. We cooked up mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, and stuffing (that our folks sent us from home). Cranberry sauce is also VERY hard to come by so someone’s family sent them that as well.

Mom sent me some ingredients for green bean casserole! Which, was a hit amongst the other foreigners that were unfamiliar with that dish.

Some holiday must-haves Mamma sent me!

Overall, it was a total success and so fun to cook with too many friends in a tiny apartment with too much wine and WAY too much pie.

I’m missing my family so much as these holidays approach but it helps to have a lot of friends who make my heart feel warm. Happiest holidays to all of you, near or far from your homes!

The all too familiar Thanksgiving food coma.

Credit to Maren Williams for the photos. I perpetually leave my camera(s) at home.

 

Finally. The moment you’ve all been waiting for.

Okay, okay I know I haven’t updated my blog in a million years. In my defense, I haven’t had consistent internet since being in Korea. Which means that when I want to blog at night, at home, when I have some free time I can’t because I have no internet even if I did have some access throughout the day. Now, I honestly could have updated recently but you get so far behind that you’re then daunted by the sheer amount of stuff that has happened. So you’ll have to bear with me while I fast forward¬† a bit.

EPIK Orientation – Busan, South Korea

Orientation was extremely busy and mostly helpful. Basically my days in Busan from Day 1 to Day 9 consisted of waking up every morning at 8 AM, attending hour and half long lectures until 1 PM, lunch, lectures until 6 PM, dinner, then free time (usually). For free time we timidly explored the city around the University we were staying at. We didn’t get to stay out very late because we had a curfew at 12 AM… I know, right? And as I’ve now learned most Koreans roll out for the night life at around 10:30 and don’t stop until 3 AM… probably longer on the weekends. So as you can imagine our nights in Busan were pretty quiet for the most part.

Living in Korea – Moving to Daegu, South Korea

Bright, early and more than slightly hung over on Friday morning we were split up on to different buses and driven three hours with no bathroom break to meet our co-teachers in Daegu. The first day in Daegu was pretty hilarious. I was exhausted, my co-teachers wanted to take us to lunch, go shopping for home goods, meet our Principal and Vice Principal all in the same day. To say the least, it was long and overwhelming. I made it through though – largely thanks to my co-teacher Lynn (In-hee) who is A-mazing and also my lovely fellow NET (Native English Teacher) Susan from South Africa I would not have made it.

But yeah, fast forward and things are moving along really nicely. My apartment is pretty much what I expected if not a little older than desirable. There are really tall 30-story towers that Koreans call apartments that are more desirable to live in but most of us EPIK teachers are living in what are called “pillas” (that is probably a terrible romanization of the word) the Korean word for 3 or 4 story buildings that have “one-rooms”. So according to my co-teachers it is not an apartment – it is one room. That’s pretty descriptive, I think. The area I live in is called Dalseo and our part of town is fairly hoppin’. Plenty of restaurants and bars, a fairly large market and a TON of schools! We are kind of close to a subway stop (which I am already a master of) and about 6 stops from Downtown Daegu! Don’t worry I will post a video and some pictures. In fact, I’ll just do that now. Without further ado, here is my apartment:

P.S. Kayla, I’m sorry for my sharp S’s.

So yeah… there’s my apartment. That was me on Day 1 of Daegu looking exhausted. Anyway, this blog is getting fairly long so I’ll try to do more consistent updates that each involve a little bit of back-tracking to get everyone reading up to speed. Also, I will definitely do a blog dedicated to Korean cuisine and adorable things soon.

On the off chance that anyone is reading this blog¬† and is thinking about moving to Korea to be an English teacher please send me an e-mail to ask specific questions. If I don’t already know the answer, I am very lucky to have really supportive co-teachers who can help me answer it for you!

Korea so far:

Pros: cute/adorable things everywhere, cute/adorable children everywhere, noraebangs (Korean karaoke), seafood, bibimbap, cell-phone backgrounds, coffees and lattes (so good… I don’t know what’s different but it’s working), heated floors, automatic and keyless doors.

Cons: smoking in bars and PCbangs, PCbangs, horrible smelling sewage systems on the streets, neon overload, freezing cold buildings and bathrooms, no toilet paper ever… ever…ever ugh!

That’s all for now – I’ll have a long, detailed post soon!