Time sure is flying by quickly in Korea. More then one month has come and gone. I think what helped it fly by so fast was that I had a whole week (minus half of Friday) off for Chuseok (추석 which is like a Korean Thanksgiving but way more important to their culture than Thanksgiving is in America.
As I stated earlier, I got almost a full week off of school. I went to hang out with foreigners in Yecheon–3 from America and 2 from South Africa. I spent the majority of the weekend with them. We had a girls day on Sunday and did some shopping in Andong at E-Mart (like a multi-level Wal-Mart).
On Wednesday, I went to my head co-teacher’s house (my Korean mom). It was awesome! I got to see the bow ceremony to honor their ancestors and then I got to join in on the food. Her husband’s 2 brothers were there and 1 of them was very interested in trying to talk to me and they kept pouring me Korean rice wine-makgeoli (막걸리). The other wants me to visit his farm/ cucumber greenhouse in January/February. I also got to join in on a traditional dice game with her youngest son and one of the brother’s sons. It was fun! It was a quick game because I kept getting lucky tosses. My lucky streak ended though–much to the delight of the young boys. haha. (I have some pics on my flickr page.)
Although this is just a minor inconvenience, I guess I’ll share my embarrassing incident. After dinner with the Korean family, I was going to meet up with the American guy in my town (1 of the 2 other foreigners in my town). On my way out of the dorm, I was pretty excited. So excited, that I practically ran down the steps outside. Due to the lack of light and my haste, I slipped down the stairs and twisted my ankle. OW! It really hurt, and it took a little while for the pain to subside. Luckily, I could walk on it–well limp is probably the more appropriate term. We went to a pharmacy so I could buy something to wrap my ankle and then I limped around town and did some shopping with him. He’s a pretty nice guy but a little shy.