Saturday, September 29, 2012

September 29, 2012 - Bikes and Trikes

Chris is out of town for a few days this week teaching some of Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families" at a seminar in Busan (pronounced Pusan).  And I WISH we were able to be with him! 

Busan is on the "bucket list" we have for Korea as a family; but sadly, this trip wasn't one that we could join him on due to accommodation constraints.  This is Chris' second trip there and he says he's really enjoying it. 

Busan is the second-largest city in Korea and about a six-hour drive from Seoul, at the southern tip of the peninsula.  Chris has had a chance to do some exploring, walks on the beach and hiking to one of the lighthouses there.  He has had a crazy busy week, and I'm really glad he's had some time to relax in between teaching.

Sunday September 30th is Chuseok (chu-sock), Korea's version of Thanksgiving.  Smarty-pants Victor corrected me when I said I thought Chuseok was on Saturday; no, it's on Sunday.  They had celebrations at his elementary school all week so he'd know! :)  Chuseok is a celebration of the harvest, and it's also a time for people to return to their hometowns and honor their ancetry and family heritage. 

Victor's school is a mix of American and Korean children, and so many of the little girls this week were wearing a hanbok to school, a traditional Korean gown that is very lovely.  Hanboks are worn on special holidays and events, such as a wedding.  They really are so pretty!

Our plan today was all about getting out and enjoying some of the sunshine on this Chuseok weekend. 

Victor's Cub Scout den was having a bike safety event, and we got in on the fun.  They first had safety and bike maintenance instruction and then let the kids ride through some obstacle courses.  Even Matty got in on the fun riding his little trike.  Cutie pie. :)

Then the group went off post and rode along the beautiful Han River.  Victor had a blast!  Even our Matty had lots of smiles pedaling around with the big kids.  And note to self, poor Matt needs a new bike helmet.  His helmet is for a smaller todder and, "owie, owie" according to Matt, too small for his growing head. :)

Some playground time in the afternoon, then pizza and a movie for dinner and we were done for the day. The leaves at the top of the tallest trees have started to turn and the nights are getting cooler. Korea in the fall is amazing, and I know the beautiful days won't last long. We fly in about two months and I think one of the things on my "what I will miss about Korea" list is just how perfect a Seoul autumn can be.

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