I love this time of the year. It usually means about 3 days off from school for me (and Hyo’s rare time off as well). Hyo’s mom also cooks me lots of food to last me a couple of days and usually I go over and help as well for a few hours. Then we just relax the rest of the long holiday. My favorite dish would probably have to be jeon.
Unfortunately, a lot of Koreans (mainly women) don’t get to enjoy this time off because they are too busy cooking everything. I usually shout my excitement at work about how I am looking forward to the holidays while many of my coteachers are dreading it because of all the family duties they will have to perform. It is changing a bit as more people are choosing to go on holidays to other countries or just relax, but for many it is more stressful than fun. Hyo always says how glad she is she won’t have to worry about it when we are married.
I guess it can be compared to Thanksgiving in the states (and Chuseok as well)
Many stores and restaurants are also closed, but there are still some places to check out around the country if you have nothing to do. Just search around on Google and some of the popular Korean activity sites.
Happy New Year!
So when we first started dating, it was a bit of motivation for improving my Korean. One way I did this was basically acting like a kid and asking what signs meant what, what this word meant, etc. I also found it a little too convenient to have someone to immediately translate everything if I needed it. I toned it down after awhile, and while Hyo is always ready to help when I really need it, I don’t go into rapid fire question mode or need her help for translating everything since I’ve been improving a lot.
When dating someone from another country and living in said country, it might be easy to get lazy and just have them translate everything. And while they definitely wanna help, it’s good to give them a break and try to study on your own. It can also kill the mood of a good date too.
*Sidenote: I’m trying a little something here with a new format for short comics. Sometimes I would find that the story I wanna tell is too short for a webtoon, so this format works better I think. Longer stories will be in the regular webtoon scroll format.*
I love bridges, so I enjoyed researching the bridges in Seoul for this graphic. Keep in mind I only did bridges within the actual Seoul city limits. There are several more bridges outside the city along the Han River that I may add to this graphic later. Bridges are listed in order from west to east along the Han River (Starting at the Seoul city limits). My favorite? Probably Yanghwa Bridge since I cross it often heading into Seoul. Korean artist Zion T even made a song about this bridge.