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A Seoul-ful Reunion

This past weekend I trekked up to Seoul to meet with an old friend from Australia.

It had been 6 years since I had last seen Teneille, hanging out of a car window in Sydney waving frantically as she slipped away on the overpass. She left me standing, feeling lost and all alone, in the big city where I would spend the final days of my gap year Down Under.

It had probably been close on 3 or 4 years since we had last had any personal communication. But fate brought us back together, and I am so glad that it did. Seeing Teneille reminded me, once again, of the amazing adventure that Australia had been for me and what a formative stage of my life that was.

I was 17 when I hopped on a plane that whisked me away to Armidale, NSW, Australia. I cried when I got there, mostly because I was young and tired and extremely uncertain (why had I chosen to do this again?!) and I was taken to a room with a bed on its side, naked of all things that would make it look comfy and welcoming. But after a firm long distance call where my mother informed me there was no way I could come home, (thank God for mothers, they always know best!) I settled in just fine.

In fact I fell in love with Australia, with travelling, with being independent, and, of course, with the wonderful people who I met, including Teneille.

Seeing an old friend from my Aussie days made me realise how far I have come since that scared, crying girl got off that plane in Australia. And it has also made me rethink how fortunate I am that I got to spend a year living in Colebrook House with 11 other girls who were like a family to me.

So THANK YOU to you all, and, Teneille, it was truly wonderful to see you again! Here’s to another reunion!

Kate x

Just like old times 🙂

 

Chuseok

This past weekend marked a major cultural holiday in Korea, Chuseok.

For Koreans this means making the pilgrimage back to their hometowns, or if they still live there, to their parents/ grandparent’s home. Basically every year the Chuseok holiday is 3 days, the middle day being ‘the big one’ where the festivities take place. So,what happens is, the whole family will gather from the far-flung corners of the Korean Peninsular and offer a table of food to their ancestors, bow to them and then later the men will go and clean up the tombs where their ancestors lie. If you are married you go to your husband’s family. According to my married co-workers Chuseok is not fun and involves endless hours of cooking and cleaning!

For foreigners living in Korea Chuseok means having a long weekend! This year it was a 4 day affair and if you were lucky like me, 5 days (some schools and businesses stayed closed for an extra day).

Unfortunately for me Chuseok came at a bit of a bad time since I recently got back from my summer holiday. So I didn’t have time to plan a great escape out of Korea. Rather I took a trip to Seoul with some friends.

Here is some photographic evidence of my time there.

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