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North Korea & A Very Daegu Thanksgiving

Well about a month ago it was Thanksgiving & around Thanksgiving North Korea bombed a small island off the coast of Incheon (northern South Korea.)… directly following Thanksgiving I had Winter Camp to worry about so I have been so busy.

About the bombing here. There was here-say about North Korea claiming that they felt a threat and that South Korea shot the first shot. I think unless I am Korean, I won’t fully understand. I remember the moment I found out about the bombing. I was with my co-teacher at school it was about 4:12pm and we were having auditions for new announcers on the broadcast for next year. Yun received a phone call. “Nae…naeeee.” She then blankly stared off for a split second and asked for the next student to come in.  I felt like, maybe, some bad news about her family or something had come through. I asked her if she was alright. She said “There has been an attack on South Korea from North Korea. Okay, let’s begin.” ….


What?!?!?!?? What do you think of this? Nobody I talked to took it very seriously. I guess when you have lived 60 years with the threat of an attack you get used it. It has been a month since this attack and news about it died just a couple days after.

This video of life in North Korea was released shortly after the attack though and it is bone chilling to watch.

On a much lighter note Thanksgiving came and went! Of course there was turkey, thanks, giving, soju, whipped cream, pie, pie shots, 25 people in a 1 bedroom. Oh, did I forget to mention that? Something that I am getting used to is having such a small space for gatherings. Many of us native teachers wanted to be around friends for Thanksgiving so the numbers grew and grew for this glorious feast. Soon, we had 25 people and we were all going to wine and dine in one, one bedroom apartment; thanks Eric. I have to admit, I was super nervous. Nervous that there wasn’t going to be enough food and anxious that there wouldn’t be anywhere to sit and eat. My friend Jose and I already called dibs on the bathroom floor before the night began. All of my worrying did me no good because Thanksgiving was a complete success. It was delicious- too much food and everyone got along and was merry. I was obnoxious and pushed for a “I’m thankful for…” toast. We all went in a circle and mentioned what we were thankful for, it really sweet. ^ ^


  • 2 turkies
  • stuffing
  • 2 pots of mashed potatoes
  • cranberry sauce
  • 3 pumpkin pies
  • 1 apple “crumble” hehe
  • An abundance of bread
  • buckets of fruit
  • pasta salad
  • a cheese platter
  • some pork
  • some chicken

Oh, it was good. I was surprised how much traditional food we were able to pull off. It was the first American Thanksgiving for many who attended. 1 Canadian, Dave (who loves Degrassi…) in particular got to experience it the most since he was the only one who knew how to cut the turkey haha.

Thanksgiving will be displayed in a slideshow…