I've been wanting to go to an amusement park all summer. Admission is around 50,000 won so no one ever wanted to go since it's expensive. But recently I found out on Facebook that Everland would be 50% off this weekend for foreigners. Perfect time to go. This is probably the mildest it will get, since it's almost December. I've been hearing about Everland for the longest time, my students are always talking about going there. It's Korea's largest theme park. It is also where Caribbean Bay is located, which is the largest water park in Korea.
So tomorrow is the American Thanksgiving. Since most of the teachers I work with are American, we will be having a Thanksgiving dinner at work. I had NO idea what to make, plus I didn't want to spend a lot of money on food. The turkey and stuffing will be provided but we all need to bring side dishes. I hate doing things last minute, so I came up with the idea of a vegetable salad.
This may sound very weird, but I loathe the winter! Yes, I am from Canada. Yes, it does snow a lot. Yes, it is bitterly cold. But it does not mean I like winter! Even though I don't like winter, I am still a little excited to experience winter in Korea. I spend almost every weekend in Seoul since there is always something going on. From what my students and other people I've met, there are 5 things you have to do while in Korea during the winter.
So, in the spring I missed the Lantern Festival. Recently, I found out there would be another one for fall. I really wanted to check it out since I've never been. Today I spent the day shopping for winter clothes in Myeongdong, which was perfect since I would be close to the festival. The lantern festival was at the Cheonggyecheon Stream which is a stream literally in the middle of the street. I've visited here in the summer and took lots of pictures.
I noticed I've never posted any picture of my city since I first came to Dongtan. So today, as I walked through the park I snapped some pictures. This area is called "Central Park." It is a family park. You will see lots of kids and families here all the time. They have a tennis court, soccer field, rock climbing wall, skate park, golfing area and two water fountains. The trees looked so beautiful here which is why I took some pictures.
Since we didn't get to do a lot of things I made sure to pack a lot of things to do on Sunday. The first thing we did was go to the Ihwa Mural Village. I have been there three times now, but I love that place. Since I already took pictures there before, I was the designated photographer. But we took a faml-ie (family selfie) picture before we left.
As I mentioned before, I have had family over from Toronto. Since they stayed with my in my city, Dongtan, they weren't able to do much. In my city there really is nothing to do since it is a newer city and I'm at work most of the day. I had to work Saturday morning, so after I was done work we headed to Seoul. There was so much traffic it took up 2 hrs to get there. We were all so tired we just sat in the hotel room for a little before going back out. It was around 8 pm, so I thought why not go to Namsan Tower. It was about 10 minutes away walking. It's so easy to get there!
Sorry I've been MIA for awhile... I had my mother and sister come to Korea to visit me, plus work was very busy this week. Since I didn't have vacation time I could only show my family around on the weekends. When they first got here I introduced them to my friend Cathy. I met her in the Spring at the Ihwa Mural Village. She is such a sweet girl! So I had to introduce her. First, I had to go pick up my mom and sister from their hotel in east Gangnam. This was our first faml-ie picture!
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