추석 Chuseok

Hi everyone!! We are still here! We have been very busy and so haven’t had time to post! But here is some interesting stuff from the beginning of the month.

The end of Sept. early Oct was Chuseok, THE most important holiday in Korea. People all flee the cities and go to visit their extended families back in the country side. Towns and cities are deserted!

The preparations for the holiday were quite impressive. Something like Christmas I guess but without the decorations. Everywhere you see gift packs! I understand that giving these gifts is more the rule than the exception. But don’t worry, there are a lot of options to choose from!

You can see that some of the staff are wearing traditional dresses

I think one of the best parts of Chuseok for us foreigners was getting to see some 한복 hanbok – traditional Korean clothing. There are entire stores dedicated to custom made hanbok but they also sold ‘cheap’ ($50-$120) hanbok for kids at the grocery/department stores.

THE best part chuseok was that we were honoured to have the chance to wear some of the clothing when a student’s mom and our co-worker’s husband leant us their hanbok.

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Around Osan

Here are some quick hits from around Osan:

Here are some pictures of the beautiful Lily flower/coffee shop we go to.

It’s nice on a day when you have been inside for hours and hours and you can take a walk to the store and it smells deliciously of flowers and plants. Mmmm, I like when the inside smells like the outside!

Suspiciously, however, ALL the plants I buy from there die. And that’s like 4 plants! What’s up Lily? What IS up?

One day on our way to said coffee shop we saw these two friends.

A bird mid-flight. And. A praying mantis! And this is no regular mantis! The coolest thing ever was seeing him fight off this BIRD. He raised his arms and unfolded his wings and stood tall and stared that bird down. The bird kinda hopped from one side to another, a little confused at his desire to eat something that was fighting back, but the mantis turned with him. I think the bird was about to go for it when we walked a bit close and the bird took off. I was like, Yes! score one for the ‘little guys’ and then… he was squished by a car…. I feel a little responsible… sorry guy…

Lastly, a little while ago we took a walk down by the river and although it was grey, it was pretty. Nice and green. No valley with this river, though! It’s pretty flat!

On our way home we stopped in a park and noticed these lovely ladies.

I was impressed to see such bootylicious women considering how small and skinny most women are here. It’s great that these gals are in the park and perhaps they will get kids thinking that there are people that come of all shapes and sizes!

Well, I hope that gives you an idea of what we generally see walking around Osan.