Since Injury is Becoming Usual Around Here.
I got 10 stitches total. They had to put 4 inside my knee and 6 outside. I got the stitches out two days ago, and I'm healing up! I wasn't supposed to bend my knee until the stitches came out, so I wouldn't rip them, but there might be another issue now! (OF COURSE) My knee is still really swollen and puffy. I can't bend it all the way, but I am hoping it goes away soon! Going for a run tomorrow to see how it feels :)
Here's a special treat.. PICTURES hahaha
And that's all for injuries. What else is new?
The weather is cooling off a little bit, but it's still been in the low 80s most of the time. I am SO looking forward to fall! I want to wear sweaters and jeans and NOT sweat 24/7!
We've had a little lapse in adventuring since I was incapacitated for a bit haha.. but we are planning some more trips soon!
Right now, Koreans are celebrating their "Thanksgiving" holiday, Chuseok! Chuseok "is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in Korea celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. "
"In contemporary South Korea, on Chuseok there is a mass exodus of South Koreans from large cities as they return to their hometowns to pay respects to the spirits of their ancestors. People perform ancestral worship rituals early in the morning. Then they visit the tombs of their immediate ancestors to trim plants and clean the area around the tomb, and offer food, drink, and crops to their ancestors. Harvest crops are attributed to the blessing of ancestors."
We experienced this "mass exodus" today on the train! Going toward Seoul, the trains were EMPTY. Going away from Seoul, the trains were unbelievably crowded! Everyone was traveling home with gift boxes of fruit and Spam (a hot commodity here) to give to their families for the holiday. We have also experienced some of the traditions dealing with the tombs of ancestors. About a month ago, we were on a walk near our house and started noticing paths that were being cleared into the woods. We decided to sneak a peak and found TONS of graves and burial mounds. Most didn't have any grave stones or decorations. A few had fake flowers or offerings of Soju in front of them. Turns out, 3-4 weeks before Chuseok, the oldest son and his family go to the graves of their ancestors and clear the area. They cut back the weeds and make sure that the burial sites are very clean. (PS. Koreans are buried in plots of land all over. Sometimes you see burial mounds in yards, fields, next to gardens, or like the ones we saw on our walk, in the woods.) When the families get together and celebrate Chuseok, they will gather at their ancestors' graves and thank them for blessing them with a plentiful harvest.
Here are some pictures of the burial mounds near our house. (I wanted to be very respectful and not disturb any of the spirits, so I made sure to bow before entering and before exiting the burial sites.)
To end, I'll post some random pictures from our last week! Miss you all :)