Saturday, September 18, 2010

Chuseok 2010

It is hard to believe that it is already time to celebrate Chuseok. Chuseok is similar to American Thanksgiving day. The holiday actually falls on this upcoming Wednesday but we celebrated at LCI on Friday. Most of the students arrived at LCI wearing Hanboks. Hanboks are traditional Korean clothing items that are wore for special holidays and events such as Chuseok. We had a very brief morning lesson, about twenty minutes, then we made Songpyeon with our classes. Songpyeon is a traditional Korea rice cake treat filled with sugar, beans and/or sesame seeds. As the kids rolled the rice cake and fillings together I stood back and took pictures. Our Korea bus/lunch teachers were there to oversee this activity and teach the kids the proper Songpyeon form in Korea. After all of the rice cake was rolled, and the kids were covered in a sticky mess we cleaned up and started class. Our lessons for the day were very casual and laid-back. Once Kinder was over the students were not dressed in Hanboks. Last year this day was one of my favorites at LCI and this year celebrations were just as memorable.

My entire class

Fred's class

Audrey and I

Making Songpyeon

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Our Apartment

After almost two weeks in Korea we are finally starting to feel at home. Our apartment is still missing some key pieces of furniture, like a couch, but are now getting settled in. This past weekend Fred bought a new TV which makes the apartment feel more like ours. Here is a video to give you the grand tour.