Thursday, September 19, 2013

Our Chuseok Bike Ride

I suppose last year's Chuseok would be hard to beat, considering we took a luxurious vacation, but this year comes in a close second with three days off school and a lovely trip outside of the city today.  Each year we get a little vacation to celebrate Korean Thanksgiving.  In the past, I've gone to Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam, but this year we were more than content to stay here.

We considered camping, but of course put off planning until the very last minute so last night we decided to go on a bike ride instead.  Koreans love biking, and whenever are along the river we see so many bikers.  You can rent bikes and ride, and we've always wanted to do this...so decided today was the day!

As I was doing a little research online, I found that we could take an hour-long subway journey and end up at Paldang Station, where we could hop off, rent bikes for the day, and pedal along the Han River out in the country (about 40km from where we live).

It was a perfect day and great to get out and see some scenery.  We love exploring more of this beautiful country! We biked about 15 miles and I'm hurting, but now we're talking about getting bikes.  Sounds like a plan to me!

This weekend was one of the last before summer will give way to fall, the leaves will turn, and we will hopefully have more photos and adventures to share with you!  Enjoy!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Cancelled Camping Trip = Feast at Home

My man and I planned on going camping this past weekend with some friends, but the rain held us back.  We were all set to go too, with our Samgyepsal (porkbelly) and sides all prepared, (lettuce, peppers, korean chili/bean paste, onions, garlic, kimchi, potatoes, mushrooms, and tofu) so we moved our picnic to our house on Saturday night.  We had a great time!  I even was able to make some more Korean food, cucumber kimchi and bean sprouts salad.  The bean sprouts were ok, but the cucumber kimchi was dynamite, in my opinion.  If your looking to make some, I used this recipe, but cut the cucumbers up instead of stuffing them like she did.

We even had roasted marshmallows wish chocolate covered cookies.  My man just whipped out his camping stove and we did it in the living room.  A grand night was had by all!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The First Cross Country Meet of 2013

Ahhh...it's that time of year again.  Taking ten minutes to transition from teaching 8th period to throwing on the shorts and running shoes and putting on my "coach" face which really means just trying to keep up with the kids and letting the high school principal run the show.  My man and I help out, but it's pretty low key.

Even though I don't love running, I love cross country and absolutely love coaching the kids the most.  This year is extra special because the kids I taught my first year in Korea as seventh graders are now seniors.  There have of course been new students who've come to our school since then, but I really feel like this is "my" team, because I knew so many of these kids when they were babies...so short and so cute.  And so weird.

I can truly say I'm proud watching them grow and watching who they're becoming.  They're a true pleasure to work with and I think this is my favorite team ever! (I think I say that every year...)

Here are just a few of my favorite pics from our first meet.  The kids did surprising well, placing better than we ever do at this point of the year...I think the conference is slow this year...so I'm hoping for a first place win (in all of Korea haha...seriously) for the girls and...we'll see for the boys.

This year has been so great and I feel like I'm on cloud nine.  Coaching these kids everyday is such a blessing!