It was definitely a great Christmas out here in Korea. Sorry to disappoint any of you who anticipated that I'd have a crappy and very lonely time...I didn't!
Kiki flew out Christmas eve, so I was able to finish my last Saturday of work ever (yes, you heard right, I now have weekends free!), and I was home in time to meet with her and one very delighted brother along with Matt to enjoy some of the Christmas eve festivities.
Christmas day was probably one of, if not, THE most relaxed Christmas days I've EVER had in my life. Kiki was up at the crack of dawn, and by that I mean the crack of 7:30, which on a Hagwon teacher's schedule is like regular people waking up at 3am and hanging out. Anyway, we got up, had some coffee with Gingerbread Syrup from Starbucks in Canada, relaxed and then went up to Rob's apartment to do it all again with Rob and Matt. We had gifts for each other and gifts from home all of which I was very excited about. I was even able to have some biscotti to go with my gingerbread coffee!
After gifts and after filling up on cookies for breakfast (thanks to the Mom's back home!) we went for some real food at a Korean restaurant. It's nice in Korea that everything doesn't close down for Christmas cause only half of the people celebrate it and even if they do it's not really such a big deal and it definitely doesn't take up the whole day.
After lunch we went for a walk by the tiny branch of river that we have running through Chang-dong. We were freezing, so we went to my apartment to watch the Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special that I had downloaded earlier in the week.
To conclude our lovely day, the four of us attended a very western meal at none other than Outback Steakhouse. It was the first time that I'd ever been there, but we decided to splurge on some western food for the holidays and do it right. We did, it was a lot of fun.
I really did have a very relaxed Christmas, considering that my holidays consisted of one day, the Sunday that I had off for Christmas day, it was surprisingly chill and I was very grateful for that.
I miss you all at home. Now that Christmas has come and gone I have two months until my contract is up. We have some really significant changes going on here at Plus Academy, so if those who remember could pray for the current situation that would be ideal. We have been recently downsized and almost everything is changing over the course of the next few days, so it's a stressful time to be at work. Rob, lucky guy, is off on vacation for this entire week because Kiki is here. I'm very jealous.
Anyway, love you, miss you, give me a call, or get going on Skype already!
Here are some of our Sears-style family photo out takes from Christmas day!