A massive pumpkin pie from Costco in South Korea.

Another major holiday spent away from home is always made easier when surrounded by familiarity. Tonight was enjoyed in the company of fellow Guest English Teachers from around my area. We had turkey with all the trimmings, including a giant pumpkin pie (thanks to Suzette and Erin for making a special trip to Costco).

Of course there was plenty of food left over. Wine was a different story, however. We could have used a few more bottles of that. The only thing I could have done without was the hour-long wait on a bus in what seemed like the middle of nowhere, Cheongwon, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea. It was cold, really cold. And dark. Pretty sure I saw some trash blow as tumbleweeds usually do.

I feel fully-filled, literally. Figuratively, I have already unbuttoned my pants from consuming so much time with new friends. I love when holidays bring people closer because of circumstance; strangers brought together to share in the feast of life.

Most of us represented the United States, but several from other countries experienced their first Thanksgiving. It was neat to share this cultural tradition, while at the same time embracing what we all share in common.

I look forward to leftovers in the morning. It is only a week early. Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Wait...you have Costco in Korea???

    1. YES! I was surprised too. However, Koreans seems to love the place. When I visited one in Seoul, I could barely walk there were so many people...