Friday, September 24, 2010

Chusok Fun

Our host and hostess for the day
So today was my favorite day in Korea so far!  It was a very happy day. One of my amazing husband's co-workers, Mr. Kim, called this morning to invite us to his house.  Mr. Kim is the P.E. teacher at my amazing husband's school and we have heard that he is quite good at tennis.  I was nervous beforehand as I was not sure what we had gotten ourselves into, but it all turned out fine.  So he and his 28 year old son picked us up around 11am and drove us to his home (apartment).  We got to watch some WWF (korean style) and met Mr. Kim's wife, Mrs. Cho (they do not change their names here when they get married) and daughter.  They are really nice people.  We spent about an hour cooking for lunch.  (Really we watched Mrs. Cho cook).  We ate japche (sweet potato noddles mixed with a bunch of veggies that have been stir-fried) bulgogi (steak that has been stir-fried with soy sauce, garlic, and onions) and of course rice.  It was sooo good!  How fun to hang out in the kitchen and chat.  We mostly talked to Mr. Kim's son and daughter as Mr. Kim does not know tons of English.  After lunch, we had fruit for dessert and some turkish coffee.

Riding down the mt. in the cable car
Then they took us to Palgong mountain.  We rode in a cable car up to the top of the mountain!  It was so fun - nice fresh air, the temperature was cool.  We could see all of Daegu City, it was really beautiful.  It was really relaxing and fun!  My amazing husband and I are looking forward to returning some day soon and hiking.

I was really touched that these people would invite strangers into their home, cook us a huge meal, take us to see a mountain, and then drive us back home.  They were so gracious and fun to be around.  Theyey really made us feel like honored guests.  We told them that they spoiled us.  It was so nice to be in a kitchen again and see that Moms everywhere in the world are the same. A funny side note: gifts are a pretty big deal in Korea, so we bought a "gift set" from the store for the Kims.  It was a Spam gift set hahahahaha  :)  If you want to see bigger pictures, just click on it.
My amazing husband and I at Palgong Mountain

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