Wandering Seoul

October 16, 2006

Chuseok

Filed under: Uncategorized — Small Batch Brewer @ 12:57 pm

Ok, so during the week of Chuseok, I had the opportunity to meet my grandmother and uncle for the first time of my life!

I met my aunt (Uncle’s wife)at 상셰 station. My aunt doesn’t speak english and I don’t speak much Korean…

Me and Aunt 2

She read a book…

…I went to sleep on the train.

One hour and 45 minutes later…we arrived in 안산.

There are a lot of Middle Easterners in this area. A short bus ride later, I met some new family

Family

When my grandmother saw me, she grabbed my hands and started to cry a little

Me and My Grandmother

We then ate some really delicious food. Kimbap, bulgogi, kimchi, dok, tofu jiggae. They kept commenting on how big I was…I don’t know how to feel about that. My grandmother kept feeding me and feeding me. I felt like I was about to explode…

My uncle wanted to drink whiskey with me and was trying to get me drunk! Ha!

Me and my Uncle 2

Yes, he IS that short. I was like Andre the Giant compared to them. I’m HUGE!

My uncle then had me watch Superman Returns and Mission Impossible 3.

Communicating was tricky. A lot of body language was used. They also were facinated with my Lonely Planet Phrasebook.

It would’ve been easier if I could speak more Korean than I can. I have to work on that.

It’s weird meeting family for the first time. I really didn’t go through alot of emotions. I didn’t know what to feel at the time. I did know that this would make my mother and grandmother very happy. I was too.

Me and Cousins

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3 Comments »

  1. SO CUTE! I’m so happy for you that you finally got to meet your grandmother and your extended family! Your cousin (the girl) has the same smile as you do 🙂

    Comment by Shells Bells — October 18, 2006 @ 3:58 am

  2. To tell you the truth, I see some family resemblance. I guess “dining out” to catch up on family matter/history is universal through out the world.

    William

    Comment by Anonymous — October 18, 2006 @ 3:58 am

  3. How are you related to this side of the family? Through the mother or father? I’m surprised this would be the first time to meet a first uncle. And you’re really tall compared to your uncle!

    Comment by Anonymous — October 30, 2006 @ 4:34 am


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