A few of us do have small ovens and after living here for over a year have become accustomed to getting creative with our cooking. I volunteered to bring sweet potatoes (maybe because they're my favorite) and agreed to meet the boys (with the turkey) at Waegwan station at 1:30. Lots of food in hand, we made our way to Sara's house where everything and everyone was coming together perfectly. Sara did a great job of inviting people from far and wide so there were many introductions to go through, although I knew just about everyone in attendance. One of the most interesting things about this celebration is that we had about 5 people who hailed from countries other than America and were new to this whole Thanksgiving thing. Okay two of them were Canadian so they get the gist, but the others were excited about their new 'cultural experience'. The food was awesome and the company wasn't too bad either, especially the Lakefront beer I had been saving from when my brother came to visit. :) We followed dinner with a round of Apples to Apples before people starting calling it a day and making their departure. There was some talk of going to Daegu to continue the party but I knew it was going to be an early night for me, as I had plans for early the next morning.
|Always an issue with the cranberries|
I guess I should explain just why I got up at the crack of dawn to scooter through the cold and ride a train for two hours just to do some yoga. I forgot to write about it but about a month before this I attended a yoga workshop in Gyeongsan (about 45min east of my home) and met some wonderful ladies. The instructor, Shauna sent us all an invite to join a Yoga Mala taking place in Busan later that month. I had actually never heard of a yoga mala before but was instantly intrigued. Basically a yoga mala is when a group of people come together (or I suppose you could do it alone) and perform 108 sun salutations. The number 108 is significant in Hinduism as well as yoga, remember my 108 bows? The purpose of this event was to give thanks, to whom or in whatever form that meant for you. There was an awesome turnout for the event with the whole studio packed head to toe, actually almost too close for yoga comfort. What was even cooler is that there was a large mix of both Korean and Foreign participants, young, old, male and female.
|Ready for a day of yoga|