I last left you with an incredible image of a Korean hot springs...definitely NOT like the American version! Well, while our time here has been exciting I don't think anything we've done has come close to that little adventure. In the time since January (wow! January, really?!) I started getting out more on base & going to their CAC, Community Activity Center. My neighbor invited me out one day to have lunch with some ladies she met on Facebook then go check out the arts & crafts room at the CAC. All who know me know I am neither arsty or crafty so I was a bit reluctant to go at first but then decided what the heck, at least I'll get to meet some people! I am SO incredibly glad I did go. With the exception of one person (she wasn't a good quality person anyways) I have developed friendships with all the ladies in a short time but it feels like we've been friends for years. These ladies have made me laugh, have shared jokes & playful badgering, have gone on adventures with us but most importantly have proven they're the type of friends that will last a lifetime. They are reason #4,562 why I LOVE Korea!!
|St. Patrick's Day|
|Cinco de Mayo|
|Mr. Kim & I doing a hanji craft|
|Mr. Han aka haraboji|
|the proud brothers|
We've had fun enjoying all the American holidays, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo (ironic those are American holidays) on base. Koreans, mostly, are Buddhist so to celebrate Buddha's birthday they have a lantern festival. They don't know the exact date of Buddha's birthday & this year the celebration falls during the end of May. Part of the celebration is a Lotus Lantern Festival with a parade that ends at a temple. I have never seen so many lanterns in my life! Oh my gosh they were everywhere & the best part was the temples were giving out lanterns. Of course Ezzio worked his charm on all the passing Koreans & was handed more lanterns. That kid... The festival was really cool & I'm looking forward to next year's festival when Katerina will be older so we can stay for the festival "after party". I'm curious to see how the Koreans 'get down'.
|baby girl getting blessed|
|a small portion of the lanterns|
|the Lotus Lantern Festival|
|the Buddhist monks|
We have reached the final countdown to the end of school. Only 3 more weeks & school is out! The weather has been amazingly perfect lately & I'm looking forward to getting out & exploring with the kids. So until our next adventure, goodnight, good afternoon or good morning where ever you are in the world from the now complete Bishop family!