Hello internet! We’re back! We’ve been without internet at our house for almost 3 months now which has been pretty frustrating. We plan to get a phone sometime this week so we’ll be fully assimilated back into 21st century society. Although not having internet hasn’t been SO bad, I guess. I’ve had the chance to catch up on some reading. Plus I’m fairly certain I’ve memorized every word to the TV series ‘Archer’. That can’t be a bad thing, right?
Right. So. First thing’s first. Prepare your awwwwws. Kitty is growing and doing well.
BAWW. Despite her irresistible gaze, she’s actually a menace. She’s in constant attack mode and loves to chew on the closest available human body part. Ah well. She’s still a keeper.
Other than doting upon our cat, we’ve just been really busy with school. Weekends have been the best time to catch up with friends and our sanity in general. We’ve found some pretty great spots for coffee and lunch so we tend to over-indulge but I don’t feel an ounce of guilt since I pretty much live off of kimbap (rice/tuna/seaweed treat) during the week. Here’s a coupla pictures from around Jeonju…
This is a place called ‘Cafe Mate’. Its a pretty decent pasta/wine restaurant in Gaeksa, the main shopping district.
This was an awesome cafe we went to afterwards. I don’t remember the name but it was in the same area and was tucked away in a small alley that opened up to a really pretty garden. I also love that Jacob looks like he’s sitting at a playskool set. He’s too big for Korea.
Next is Chuseok. I’ve been told this is the equivalent of the American Thanksgiving. Its basically a holiday for Koreans to return to their hometowns and visit their families and eat excessively. Sounds familiar! Everything is closed during Chuseok so us foreigners were left to our own devices as far as entertainment and libations. We found a really cool ‘pagoda’ thing in the park and brought some wine and playing cards (and FAKE, yes FAKE guns) to pass the time. Airsoft guns are a bit of a hobby amongst our male friend group. Perhaps its a little reminder of the homeland.
Our school gave us (each!) two really nice Chuseok gift sets. One of them has Spam (or the Korean equivalent), canola cooking oil, and pomegranate vinegar. The other one has 4 bottles of Korean wine and wine glasses.
For a couple days during Chuseok we went to visit our friend Warren in Daegu. Dague is about 3 hours drive easy from Jeonju and is a much, much bigger city. We definitely took advantage of the bars and food. I may or may not have spent $13 on a turkey sandwich from Quizno’s. Seriously, that was the first time I’d even SEEN turkey since we left. I didn’t even think twice about it. Especially after THESE:
BAG COCKTAILS. This was literally like an alcohol IV without the needle and hospital supervision. It was too unique to pass up. The guy makes you taste it before you pay for it to see if it has enough alcohol. Bad news. Anyway, I’ll let the pictures do the talking. It was really great to see a familiar face and we’ll definitely be back once we have some more vacation time.
Good times! This blog post is taking forever so I’m calling it quits.
Kitty and I are going to take a nap….zzzz…..