Well, on to our adventures!!!
We have had such an amazing time here that I will be sad to leave our new home and friends when the time comes. I will give you a current up-to-date, and then I will be retro-posting some of our fun times we have had.
Currently, to ease anyone's worry, we are all safe and feel relatively so. I know that a few family members and concerned friends have e-mailed me hoping that we are out of harms way with the current North Korean/South Korean tensions. I can assure you, we are. I feel personally, that if there were cause for us to worry, we would be warned ahead of time. And I can also say that our Korean friends are not over reacting, so I will take their lead and do the same.
With that said...the kids are excited for Christmas. Since Thanksgiving is not celebrated here, the Christmas/Holiday sales and decorations have been out for awhile. That does nothing to curb the kids excitement as you can imagine. They are still asking me to buy a little 1 foot tree for our apartment. I don't know that I will give in though, seeing that they cost around $33 US dollars and I'm not sure I would be able to sell it when we have to leave. I told them it might be fun to make our own. Still trying to figure out how to do that though.
I will post some pictures that I am really excited to share first, and then I will retro-post.
The following pictures were taken during the annual Seoul Lantern Festival along the Cheonggyecheon stream that runs through downtown Seoul. It is a beautiful place to visit even without the lanterns, but the lanterns made it even more special.
|Here are the kids at the very end of the processsion. We kind of started on the wrong end.|
These are some beautiful cranes. I don't have a picture of the one they had suspended over the walkway.
|This was one of Ruthie's favorites.|
|This was a replica of an historical Korean village.|
|This is based off of an old traditional Korean folktale involving a hare, a dragon, and a sea turtle. Ruthie knows the story. Unfortunately, I don't.|
Afterwards, we walked over to the Insadong market area where there are several street vendors, shops, and bars and cafes. The kids enjoyed some Baskin Robins (yes they are here!) and I enjoyed the sights. We have been to Insadong once before, but it is always a sight to see.
|I couldn't resist getting a shot with the Max beer can. I can safely say sadly, that this is NOT my favorite beer. But at least he posed with me. When Joseph saw me, he wanted to jump in too.|
|We have no idea what this guy was selling. I think it's Mickey's Korean brother Michi.|
|This is just one of the streets in the Insadong area. They are all pretty much like this. It is unbelievable.|
|On the subway ride home, Joseph fell asleep. It was a busy exciting night. Can't blame him.|