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Dongsong Christmas

We had a nice couple of days for Christmas. We only had Christmas Day off school, so after we got home on Christmas Eve we had a party in our extra apartment. It ended up being about 10 other native English teachers from the area and four Korean friends. It was quite the crowd for our little apartment.

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Sol-col-mek: Soju, cola and beer.

So-col-mek: Soju, cola and beer.

Couples hats!!

Couples hats!!

Jackie, Jinu and Alli.

Jackie, Jinu and Alli.

Ben is excited, but Rochelle looks confused.

Ben is excited.

Matt and Cal

Matt and Cal

Santa?

Santa?

Blythe thinks that's a pretty cool gift.

Blythe thinks that’s a pretty cool gift.

Blythe and Cal.

Blythe and Cal.

The flash is broken on our camera. ... But this is where the meat magic happened.

The flash is broken on our camera. … But this is where the meat magic happened.

Matt and Cal after manning the grill.

Matt and Cal after manning the grill.

After dinner and our White Elephant gift exchange, we headed to norebang to sing Christmas carols. We ended the night at Dongsong’s “club” TimeZone.

Singing Christmas songs at 7080 norebang.

Singing Christmas songs at 7080 norebang.

Then on Christmas Day, Andrew and Alexis talked us into going to a galbi restaurant in Sincheorwon (the next town). It was a restaurant where you cook your own meat, which isn’t anything new here. What was new, however, was that you entered the restaurant through a grocery store type place and got to choose your own local meat and purchase it there before heading to your table.

"Andrew... what do we do?"

“Andrew… what do we do?”

Intestines.

Intestines. We didn’t buy any of this, but some liver came as a free side dish with our meal.

Lots and lots of meat.

Lots and lots of meat.

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IMG_8841A walk on the bridge to wind down.

Merry Christmas! After our lunch put us in a meat coma.

Merry Christmas! After our lunch put us in a meat coma.

We were tired from our big lunch. But, then …

Matt's students came to our apartment building singing, "We wish you a Merry Christmas."

Matt’s students came to our apartment building singing, “We wish you a Merry Christmas.”

For Christmas dinner, we headed to our friends’ house. We ate a nice meal and played Matt’s Xbox. I think the girls ended up winning…

Christmas dinner at May and Sang Hyuk's house.

Christmas dinner at May and Sang Hyuk’s house.

A picture from one of my students. "To: English."

A picture from one of my students. “To: English.”

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4 thoughts on “Dongsong Christmas

    • Animal onesies, I’m not really sure. … Well the reindeer one is Christmassy. But Cal’s friends all bought them for a random weekend, and now the animal onesies sometimes make appearances.

  1. Your blog reminds me of when I taught English in Korea. I had such a blast living there and I always, always, always try and think of ways to move back without teaching. Amazing.

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