Last weekend was one of the biggest holidays celebrated here in Korea…Soellal, or “Lunar New Year”. Koreans usually spend this holiday with their families. Children/Young people bow to their elders and usually receive money. They also play games, and eat “tteokguk”, which is a soup with sliced rice cakes.
I was invited over to my vice principal’s house on Monday to celebrate the holiday with his family. Everyone at my school was very concerned that I would be alone all weekend even though I told them it’s not a big deal. I was worried I just got myself into a situation where I’d be sitting in silence for hours because I can’t understand Korean. But, I was pleasantly surprised that his daughter was there, and she can speak English. She works at one of the U.S. army bases in Daegu, so I really enjoyed talking to her. The VP’s wife made really delicious food including, bulgogi, chapjay, galbi ribs, pajeon (korean pancakes), etc. And of course I got to try the tteokguk, which was also incredible. They also has the most adorable dog named “Ari”. I really had the best time there!