We’re moving again. Don’t worry, it’s not to another country or anything. After all, our luggage hasn’t even all been shipped here to Korea, yet. A couple of boxes have actually arrived, so yes, we finally are getting settled. But, we decided to get a two bedroom apartment in the city. It’s a deal we just couldn’t pass up, and it will put us in closer proximity to some of the resources that we need at the moment.

Here’s a quick look at the neighborhood introduced to us by our friend, Mukul Basu. More later about Mukul and his organization, Universal Cultural Center. He’s an Indian that holds Korean Citizenship, and has assimilated very well into the local culture, without losing too much of his identity. I’m starting to feel out my personal limits of the amount of assimilation into Korean culture I can handle at this time.

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Yellow, is the theme of Janseong’s Autumn campaign. That means marigold and chrysanthemums planted all over the county. In the Western world, it’s Halloween, but I’ll be celebrating a holiday that I borrowed from New Mexico, called Dia De Los Muertos (a heavily Indigenous influenced Day of the Dead). Our old neighborhood even hosted an annual marigold parade!

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This morning a large rooster was processed for lunch. Kind of a Halloween slaughter, I guess. But death is not to be joked about out here in the countryside. I do have to admit that I’m relieved that there’s one less loud bird in the yard. “Sorry, buddy, I barely knew ye, but I’m glad thou art gone.” Food photos to be featured in later postings. Don’t worry nothing too graphic. Happy Halloween! I’m enjoying the facebook postings of all the terrific costumes. So many happy memories of trick-or-treating in the old neighborhoods!