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Goodbyes

I have been home now for a couple of weeks and it has been a weird, yet nice time.  I definitely got behind on finishing wrapping up this blog and my year working in South Korea.

So I got together with some friends on my last weekend in Korea for drinks and darts and just spending some quality time together for the last time.  It was a really fun night and I really do miss the people already. Of course we were at Metropolis, which became my MacLaren’s if you watch How I Met Your Mother. I love every person that works there. They treated us so well and became great friends of mine.  They always bought dinner or made sure we made it home safely.  Saying goodbye to them wasn’t easy, but we had a few laughs that definitely made it more bearable.

3 pf my favorite, favorite Koreans.  I loved working with Eileen and Joanne. They are funny, kind, and just really awesome people.  It was fun overcoming barriers of language and culture and I am grateful that with all of the things I dealt with throughout the year at work that having co-workers wasn’t one of them.  Then Jun Soo was always super helpful and willing to do pretty much anything we asked of him.  He made sure we made it home and helped me get awesomely cheap contacts. yay!

It was Jun Soo’s idea to tear up the napkins to make them look like tears because it totally resembles what it looks like when someone is crying in a particular Korean kid’s cartoon.  It was really funny to take these pictures while everyone was watching us.

These people plus the missing Jun-Soo and the already returned Rachel and Sara made up the core of my friendships and system during my time in Korea.

and then finally one of me and Andy.  I am so glad that Andy had this place that we could go to that was a really constant mix of Koreans and foreigners and then made it so awesome that we went back time after time.

The next set of goodbyes were so hard for me to make.  It is not uncommon for foreign teachers to pick up private students they teach on the side for extra money.  Technically most of the time it can be used for termination of your contract, but everyone does it.  So I hopped on this train and taught a couple myself.  I first began teaching these two little 5 year old girls.  They were great. I played with them and we sang songs and read books, and I just really enjoyed their eagerness to learn.  One of the girls had an older cousin that I also began to teach.  Her English was really good and she loves learning.  She is an overall great student, but even more so at English.  Her name is Grace.  I loved spending time with Grace’s family.  They always treated me so well and constantly went above and beyond what they paid me every week.  When I was sunburned her mom cut up her aloe plant and made me lay for hours covered in aloe.  She constantly would take flowers from her own vase and send them home with me.   They took me to lunch many times.  I also spent a day just playing in the park with Grace and her little cousin Min Seo.  It was really appreciated and I loved the relationship I built with their family.  I let Eileen take over the lessons and I am glad that Grace will be taken care of.  During my last lesson we had lunch and chatted for awhile.  It was just really nice to feel like I had moments where I got to be this almost natural part of someone’s family even though I clearly wasn’t.

This was our last meeting together.  We went to my favorite Chinese place and I had this delicious spicy seafood soup called jjambbong.  Min Seo the smaller girl really was my favorite person.  She is so funny and smart and just a really well behaved child.  I told her parents that any time they wanted to send her to America I would be more than glad to take her.  She was so cute and loving.  and then of course the same with Grace.  She was such a good student and so easy to chat with and I always looked forward to our lessons.

I really like this picture of Grace and I.

Leaving Korea was easy in some ways because I was ready, but there were definitely things that kind of hit me at the last minute and caused me to just feel this deep sadness about returning home.

I am grateful for the people that I was able to meet and make connections with during my year there.  I am even more grateful for the technology that allows me to keep in contact and to keep building relationships with people like Eileen that I hold so dear.

 

Last weekend I went with some co-workers to a Korean baseball game.  It was a total experience.  If you are in Korea, like baseball, and it’s in season I think it’s a total must.

Basically tickets are less than 10usd for the general admin seats.  We sat right outfield front/bottom row like right on the field.  We bought tickets the day of the game and settled in to watch the LG Twins play against the Doosan Bears.  Both teams are Seoul based teams so there were a good amount of fans that came out to support.  Neither team made it to the play-offs so there weren’t as many people as usual.

Korea baseball games are fun for 2 main reasons. First, everything about them is cheap.  We bought beer for cheap, unlike the ridiculously over priced stuff at games in the States.  Then, in Korea there aren’t hotdogs at a baseball game, there is fried chicken.  No one walks around selling during the game, but all of the vendors are set up just outside, so its way less annoying.  Second, they are fun because of the fans.  People love baseball here.  Love it.  Korea also loves entertainment.  This is evident in every facet of their lives.  Therefore, at baseball games there are these cheer dancers that come out for each team when they are up to bat.  Each team has a theme song, and even some individual players.  They all  have these huge clapping sticks and the fans have all kinds of cheers memorized.  There are even cheer wars.  I’m not talking like a small section starting something, I mean the whole freaking stadium.  It was a total experience for sure.

We got there about an hour before the game started.

So my friend/co-worker Joanne played photographer and didn’t realize how light weird my camera can be if you don’t know when/how to change the settings and stuff.  I should have checked it first.  Point is the pictures are reaaaallly bright and stuff so this is the best I could do with them.

LG fans.  You can see the dancers/singer guy on the blue platform thing in the center.

This kid was sooo cute.  He was chanting all the cheers and clapping his sticks for LG hardcore.

Me and Joanne after the game was over. I have no clue how she wasn’t freezing.  It was sooo cold outside.

It was lots of fun, most assuredly.  I wish I had gone to more while I was here.  So it goes.

Chuseok

One of the biggest holidays in Korea is Chuseok.  Everyone has days off to celebrate together.  Essentially it translates to Korean Thanksgiving and celebrates the Korean autumn harvest.  Everyone travels to see family and spends time eating with them.

There is a special type of dduk, a rice cake called songpyeon, that they during this time as well.  My kids were writing about it in their journals for weeks leading up to the holiday.  They all were excited about the special dduk.  I had some and it was quite good.  They do put it in bags with pine needles which was a bit strange, but definitely tasty. The link to Wikipedia tells you all the deliciousness inside.

I had the honor of being invited to spend the day at Eileen’s grandmother’s house with her family.  I have spent time with them before if you remember at her grandmother’s 90th birthday party.  Her family has been really kind to me this year, and I am really thankful for them letting me be a part of their celebrations.

So I woke up early and met Eileen and her mom for our journey down to Suwon.  We took the subway for over and hour and then a bus for about 40 minutes.  Finally we arrived.  There was so much food.  Kimchi, of course, jeons of all kinds, egg battered veggies, sides galore, and this delicious soup yukgaejang,  which I call six things soup because its name sounds similar to the number six.  Eileen laughs every time, but it totally makes sense to me.  Her grandmother made it with chicken and it was so tasty.  We ate and ate and I was so full, but then her grandmother kept bringing out fruit and snacks and she kept personally handing me things being the good Korean hostess, but I was so full.  It is rude to not accept things offered to you in Korea so I just kept eating until I finally just said I’m sorry but I am just too full. Saying I’m full is one of the things I learned early on in my year here.  Haha you hear people saying it all the time. Sadly, I didn’t take any pictures of the food because there weren’t many people there and I kind of wanted to just enjoy being there and not being the weird foreigner with a camera, so sorry about that, my words will just have to be enough.

Side note: The word for stomach in Korean is bai.  This word is also the word for sheep and pear.  So sometimes I just sit and giggle at all the ways you could get all three of these words mixed up in a sentence taken out of context in translation.

Anyway, so after so much eating, which was totally ok because it’s a holiday and those never count, plus the food was amazing, we were asked to go help pick some veggies.  Eileen’s grandma has small portions of these community gardens near her house.  It’s really interesting because these plots are on the sides of these hills almost up into the trees.  To get to one of them you have to climb up these makeshift dangerous rock stairs.  It was fine though I suppose because if her 90 year old grandma can climb them like a champ then we figured we should too.  Though I am still not sure how grandma did it, to be honest.

I did take pictures of this 🙂

Eileen borrowed some clothes from her grandma so that she wouldn’t mess up the nice clothes she was wearing.  Of course you can’t work in a garden without a hat, so we borrowed those too.

She totally looked like an ajumma, it was hilarious.

I was in charge of picking peppers in the first garden we went to.

Eileen and her grandma.

Then we went to the second garden, and there were so many mosquitoes it was crazy.  I think I ended up with 15 bites by the next morning.

Also, in the middle of the second garden there was this make shift sitting area.  I am pretty sure its where old men go to drink soju while they garden haha.

Again, we couldn’t stay long because of the mosquitoes. We did get some good veggies though.

After we were finished and had helped clean up her grandma start packing food bags for all of us. She even sent some left overs for me.  They were so delicious and I was surprised she even sent some for me.

Overall, it was a good day and I am really glad I got to experience my last holiday here properly.

Gettin’ muddy

This past weekend I went with a group to the Boryeong Mud Festival.  The name is pretty much exactly what it is, a festival where everyone just plays in the mud.  It was awesome. so awesome.

We left Nowon at 6:00am and met the Discover Korea group around 7:30am and by 8 we were headed to the coast.  The festival was on the eastern coast and about a 2.5 hour bus ride.

We got there settled in and hit the beach. I didn’t want to take my camera because I had no desire to get it muddy.  Therefore, I kicked it old school and took a Kodak disposable with me for the trip.

This is the view from our pension of the area.

Right before we all got muddy.  There were 11 of us all together in our little group.  We had 5 girls and 6 guys.  We had this little loft split floor room going on and slept 5 upstairs in a row all squished in a space made for 3 at the most and the guys did the same on the bottom floor.  Totally worth it though.  We didn’t sleep much anyway.

At one station there was colored mud.  You walk up and these Korean women just paint you like their very own canvas.  These were our results after telling her to just make us look pretty.

There were stations set up everywhere with paintbrushes in giant things of mud.  Supposedly it is really good for your skin so everyone just walks around coated trying to give their skin a little treat. After we were done with the mud and needed a break we would just jump in the ocean and rinse off and then go back at it when we were ready.

Then things got really dirty.  At one point we ended up in a giant ring that was intended for one thing but became a wrestling pit.  Some army guys jumped in over the side and they had no mercy.  I was take out at the knees sooo many times.  which is why they are bruised and cut up.  Totally worth it.  We had so much fun.

So, even though it was kind of overcast and we were coated in mud I ended up with a pretty awful sunburn.  The kind where my feet are now swollen to about two and a half times their normal size. This apparently is common in bad burns on your legs from fluid retention, but its really annoying. so it goes.  I plan on just putting on sunscreen before I even look at the sun for the rest of the summer. ugh.

There were a few times on the trip where I got really frustrated with the group or with myself or whatever.  I hadn’t slept much and that really has a tendency after a compounding to make me pretty grumpy.

Overall though it was a really fun weekend.  I met some new friends and spent my last weekend with some very dear friends.  We took some pretty epic pictures upon out return Sunday night, but that’s for a post later this week.


Monsoon season

I haven’t posted in forever. I suppose I haven’t really done anything new or exciting.  I haven’t even been cooking.  I am blaming monsoon season,  what literally has been weeks of rain with only a few scattered days of clouds or sunshine. I don’t mind rain.  It’s nice and cools everything off, but after days of endless rain it really starts to wear on a person.

I feel like pretty soon if Chanticleer doesn’t come back well…we all might just drown…or get eaten by owls or something.  and I feel like that’s totally a reference only my mom will get.

I started a new set of classes at work.  So far they are going pretty well.  They will all change again in about 2 weeks, but that’s okay with me.

And speaking of two weeks, today marks the official 2 week countdown start until The Boyfriend arrives.  In 14 little days I can take the forever long train ride to the airport to pick him up.  It is strange in how it seems like it was just a couple of weeks ago that we were even buying his ticket, and now he is almost here! Also, my boss had this weird day where she gave me all of the vacation time I asked for all those months ago, meaning I will get to spend 5 whole days not working while he is here and a 3 day vacation the whole company gets. Assah!

Of course though his arrival comes with the departure of Rachel and Sara.  They are currently traveling around Vietnam.  I am totally jealous.  They had a going away party a couple of weekends ago.  Our Korean friend Ken was there and brought all kinds of cameras with him.  One of them happened to be a fujifilm instax.  He let us take as many pictures as we wanted.  I took pictures of the pictures even though someone had put their grimy thumbprints on them which made me sad.

I also am looking to buy the instax 210, or maybe a different model I haven’t decided yet, for myself in the next couple of weeks.  They are a lot of fun and a good way to get some instant memories.

So, here are some of the pictures we took.  They also aren’t that great because the lighting inside Met is pretty low and using a flash was too reflective. annnd of course it was raining and I had forgotten my umbrella for the 5000000 time since monsoon season started so I had to pin back my bangs which made me sad.

The last one I got to keep for myself, and it sits in a little holder on my desk at work.

It was a good night. Lots of fun, laughs, darts, tears, and ‘hey remember that time….”

I should be posting more often after the next week or so.  I have mudfest coming up, and then all of the adventures to be had with The Boyfriend including our trip to Samcheok and a national park on top of all the awesome sightseeing to be had in Seoul

 

A Day at the Beach!

Last week Rachel, Sara and I decided to take a day trip to the beach. I was looking forward to the trip all week.  These 8 months are the longest I have ever spent not going to the beach or just a body of water since I was 12. I was feeling so landlocked and trapped in this city.  I need a break from it something terrible.

Then on Friday night we met up with J and her boyfriend Jackie.  They wanted to go to the beach, too, and Jackie said he would drive us.  He is Korean and his cousin owns a car rental place.  We all told him we would chip in for gas, and the plan was set.

We left my area at 8:30 Sunday morning.  We had to ride the subway for about an hour to the stop where we decided to all meet up.  We had to transfer once and somehow managed to miss that there was a branch poorly labeled and the train made no effort to let us know that we would need to be careful in choosing which one we got on.  Sure enough we ended up on the wrong train and at the wrong stop.  After a lot of phone frustration we realized we were at the place.  Luckily. it was only 10 minutes away from the right place and since they already had the car they just came to pick us up.

Sara took a picture of us ‘looking lost’.

Once we were in the car we drove another hour or so down to where the airport is.  There are a lot of little islands dotting the coast and a lot of coastline just waiting to be laid on.

Before we got to the beach itself we decided to get lunch.  Of course seafood is always best at the coast even though it is still really fresh here in  general.  If you order seafood here most of the time one of the servers goes out front and picks your dinner out of the fish tanks outside the building. The ocean is no more than 3 or 4 hours away on either side.

So Jackie ordered us some really delicious seafood noodle soup and then this crab soup.  Both were really good but the crab was a disaster for me.  I have never eaten crab out of the shell that I can remember so I had NO CLUE what I was doing.  We had chopsticks and a pair of scissors that Koreans use to cut everything in their kitchens.  Jackie cut the crabs in half.  I had no idea what I was supposed to eat or not.  Then I cut my finger. Basically, I was a hot mess.  I wasn’t the only one, though!  J also struggled while New Englanders Sara and Rachel went to town. Once I finally got some meat I mixed it in with my soup and decided it was all totally worth it.

Crab soup before it cooked and everything cooked down.

Just a crab hanging out cooking and stuff. Getting ready to make my life difficult and cut open my finger.

This soup was soooo good. Light and peppery.

The aftermath of shells and legs.

After lunch it was time to hit the beach!

Okay so you should know that in Korea people don’t wear bathing suits.  It is becoming slowly more popular, but even if they wear them they wear all of their clothes over them.  Koreans will play in the sand and water and be covered head to toe in wet gross sand in their full clothing outfits.  I know it is their culture, but I would not want to be the mom that had to go home and wash those clothes. no way. not ever. But with small children I swear I saw more naked bottoms than ever.  Kids were playing in full clothes and then slowly would work down to their underwear and then waddle to the car naked with no towel or anything. Or the kid who was wearing his little green shirt. That’s all. no pants. no underwear, just a long sleeved green shirt.   I just don’t really understand. We foreigners get looks outside the city as it is, but foreigners in bikinis most assuredly brought us attention.  We were openly gaped at, received icy glares, were told to put on clothes, and asked to be in pictures.  Pretty much a normal day for a foreigner in Korea. It was kind of amusing and we didn’t let it get us down at all.

Of course we saw a ton of umbrellas.

He was sooooo excited about the water.

Our little set up on the sand.  I didn’t get burned this time! yay!

Everyone decided to have a race.  Jackie gave the girls a 20 meter (66ft)  head start. He definitely almost beat them.  I really like this shot I got of him.

Action jump shot on the beach! I had such a great day with these girls.  It was perfect.  No stress, no drama. Just good fun and sun.  There were plenty of times where no one was even talking.  We were just laying there silent and listening to music, napping, or reading.  Just what a day at the beach should be.

When the tide went out and it happened way fast and went out super far.  I am not sure if it had to do with the full moon or what but it was crazy.

Once we decided to leave the beach we went to get some dinner.  Jackie took us to a seafood place that was famous for being on a Korean drama. We got a plate of hot prawns and basket of shelled things and cooked them on the grill at our table.

There was a mussel the size of a human face in there.  At first I was a little apprehensive because I have a terrible fear of getting food poisoning from seafood.  Everything was fine, except I felt like everything I ate was sandy. Still soooo good though. Especially the scallops. They were divine.

 

A day that is definitely in my top 3 favorites ever to be had in Korea.

 

Summer is here

Finally. It felt for a  long time like winter would never end and then it did.  Spring was very short lived here and now summer is on in full force.  I am not complaining, but the beautiful weather does have the sneaky effect of making you magically forget how awful winter was so that you fall in love with the city again.

This past weekend I spent as much time outside as possible.  I had a nice long weekend since Monday was Korea’s Memorial Day and I didn’t have to work. yay. Friday night after work I went to the movies with the girls and we walked home.  We have been walking to and from Nowon a lot lately and its really nice.  We have also been spending a lot of time walking down by the river.  It is super nice and they have been planting and painting and just doing some awesome beautification there.

Saturday Rachel and I went to Hangdae to try and catch music in the park and just walk around.  It’s a super nice area and I enjoyed being there and not being in a club with a ton of people.

There was a silent disco in the park so I took some photos.  I have totally always wanted to do one of these and while we couldn’t last Saturday as soon as they schedule another one I am totally in. Basically everyone gets wireless headphones and a DJ is playing music and only the people with headphones can hear it. So you see this sea of people dancing but you don’t hear a sound.  I think its  a really awesome idea.

These guys were awesome.  they were just jamming out in the park.  It reminded me a lot of being  in Asheville which was super nice. Then crazy 80s guy and drum guy went to jam with another drummer.

and crazy 80s guy definitely was playing the whistle…yep …the whistle. it was ridiculous.

 

Saturday I went with Rachel, Sara, and Jessica to watch Jessica’s boyfriend, Jackie, play soccer.  Jackie is such a super awesome guy.  He is a very atypical Korean man.

The park was beautiful that their field was in.

Then after the game we went out with all the guys to this chicken place.  The food and soju were never ending.  We did have these amazingly awful for you just delicious battered and fried french fries.  The guys were all sooo nice and funny.  They had minimal English and we have minimal Korean.  Dennis and Jackie were translating sometimes, but for the most part it was just gesturing and laughing and drinking.  It was soooo much fun.

They wanted to take group shots and I was more than happy to oblige. We are planning on having dinner again with them soon. After dinner, Jackie was even so awesome that he drove us all the way home.  By subway it would have taken us 2 hours, and even driving it took about an hour.

Also, here to get on major highways at major exits there are police stationed at night and before you can enter the highway you have to take a breathalyzer test.  I think its really smart and must cut back on the amount of alcohol related accidents that occur here.

Then on Sunday I spent most of the afternoon up on the roof with Sara chatting about things.  It was a good time, but now I look like a tomato…a sad tomato.

 

Makkoli night

My friend Jessica lives in Mapo and often spends weekends with us in Nowon.  She suggested that since we both share a love of makkoli, a Korean rice wine, that we get together and have a night of it.  I was excited and so Jessica, Rachel, Sara, and I headed to a cute little place to get our makkoli…only the place isn’t there anymore.

One of the hardest parts about living in Korea is that businesses come and go in the blink of an eye and you never know when something will just not work out and then suddenly 3 days later something new is in its place.

So we found a different place to go that also only served tofu.  We got some really delicious food, had some makkoli,  and some good conversation.

Jessica and Sara getting it ready.  One of the awesome things about makkoli is that you get to actually drink it by the bowlful, which is awesome in every way ever.

One of the dishes we ordered was this really good fish.  However, this guy shows up with his head and tail still in tact. He even had teeth!

and last night was also our friend Jun Soo’s 30th (31 Korean)  birthday party.  We went to Met to help him celebrate and play darts…basically the usual routine. It was a really good night.

more food!

This past week Rachel’s mom was here visiting.  We had dinner a couple of times together.  One night after work we went to get dak galbi which is barbequed chicken marinated in this awesome spicy sauce.  It was totally delicious and didn’t make me feel as awkward afterward as the pork galbi we usually eat does. We also decided to make Mrs. Shires try soju.  It was a really good night and again, the food was awesome. Also, Rachel’s mom told me like 30 times I should be a food photographer.  I told her I just like sharing my food escapades with you all.

 

cooking up nicely.

then you make a little wrap with lettuce, garlic, salady stuff, and whatever other sides you want. and then eat it up. yum!

Then after the meat we got these delicious noodles.  I thought they were buckwheat but Joanne says they are something else.  Either way they are on my favorite foods list.

We had some nice Korean guys take some photos for us, too.

Then Friday night after work Eileen made some really delicious soup for dinner.  I have had sundubu before but it has never been one of my favorites.  When she made it though I was in total bliss.  She used pork instead of seafood and it wasn’t as oily as the kind at our local Gimbap place.

We had a big spread of gimbap, kimchi, radish, these egg things, and such good soup.  Definitely something she promises I can learn to make soon.

sooo goood!

This week was way busy and I feel like I haven’t had time to breath but it was a lot of fun!

Grandma turns 90…

Well not one of my grandmas, but Eileen’s did. I hope all of my grandmothers make it to 90, though there is something different about the Korean lifestyle for sure.  I mean they eat their fair share of ridiculously fried foods but all of the other ways they take care of themselves more than make up for it.

Eileen’s grandma’s party was the first Korean birthday party I have attended where things were done in a really traditional manner.  Firstly, in my opinion the woman didn’t look a day over 75 in American years but alas she turned 90 last weekend.  She spent a decade of her life pregnant and birthed 11 children that all survived.  She never lost one. I think that makes her a strong woman for sure, especially considering only 2 of the 11 are boys.  I would pretty much runaway if I had to live with 8 teenage girls. No thank you.

So anyway I think 7 of her children were at the party and some of their families.  It was hosted by one of Eileen’s cousins.  He runs a Tae Kwon Do school outside of Seoul and so there was plenty of space.  It was a lot of fun.

Of course there was a demonstration done by his students.  There was kicks and music and board breaking and flips and it was impressive considering the oldest kid there was probably 15.

Grandma put on a hanbok a traditional Korean dress for the occasion.  It is also tradition that no one eats or drinks until the oldest person does so the party starts with a toast to Grandma and she drinks and the party starts.  Then there is a cake with a sword knife. no joke.

Then little Grandma used that huge sword knife to cut the cake. This all happened at the beginning before the meal or anything.

Then there was the gift giving.  The children line up and place the gifts in front of Grandma on the table.  Then they bow.  They had to bow twice though because the first time there was no food on the table because it was across the room.  In Korea the only time you bow without food is if the person has died and Grandma was very much alive and kicking.  So, there was food and a rebow.  The daughters went first, then sons and son in law, then daughter in laws, grandchildren, and finally great grandchildren.

Of course the tiny kids were the cutest.

Then we got to eat! The food was SOOOOO good. I ate so much raw salmon I thought I might just fall over dead from happiness.  It’s hard to find sushi as we think of it in America, and salmon in general is a really expensive fish here, sadly.

and that was just round one. I was so full and it was all so delicious.

After food and the older family members had drank a little soju and beer they started up the karaoke.  It was all in Korean and went on for a couple of hours but it was fun.  Everyone, including Grandma was singing and dancing and having fun.  There were also some of the cutest kids there and I wanted to snatch them soooo badly. Instead I just paprazzied them with my camera.

Eileen and her mom singing and dancing.

Grandma dancing.  The man in this photo was kind of running the entertainment part. He kept telling everyone where to sit and when to clap or dance and when he talked I felt like he was preaching to me, but Eileen says he is a professional announcer.  I could totally tell. It was funny.

Grandma belted out a few tunes and at one point they were dancing around her in a circle.  I have no idea why, but it obstructed her view of reading the lyrics and so it was funny.  She is a tiny woman the top of her head only came to my chest.

He was such a sweet baby, and check out that tiiiiny little tie he was wearing. So adorable.

I took about 30,000 photos of this little girl.  Her mom is a beautiful Japanese girl.  So her being half Japanese and half Korean is definitely working in her favor.  She was sooo adorable and she will definitely be breaking hearts when she is older. We played with balloons together for like half an hour.  I wanted to bring her home with me.

A picture of Eileen and Grandma in their hanboks.

Me and my lovely Eileen…at first…then towards the end of the party she got really hot in her hanbok.  She didn’t think to bring an extra set of clothes soooo I offered to trade with her. hahaha needless to say everyone laughed at us for sure. For one we are no where near the same size in any way at all.  So her hanbok was short on me and difficult to tie because I am so broad in the shoulders.  And she was swimming in my dress so we had to use bobby pins to keep the straps shorter.

Once the party was over her aunt and uncle drove us home.  We slept most of the hour long trip home because we were just exhausted.  I had so much fun though and I was really glad she had invited me along to be able to celebrated such a milestone with her family.