Saturday, July 4, 2015
Living abroad is an amazing opportunity that I feel lucky to be experiencing (especially for the second time!). It provides many gifts, like cultural awareness, friends from around the globe, convenient travel, new language skills, and refined problem solving. But perhaps the greatest gift is that of perspective. As I sit here across the world on this 4th of July, far away from home, I am extremely proud to be an American! *Cue Lee Greenwood music* I hope everyone at home had a wonderful holiday, complete with family & friends, fireworks, grilling, and, of course, the appreciation for those who protect our country near and far.
In an effort to be as patriotic as possible, and really embrace our nationality, we tried to celebrate in the most “American” way possible. How did that turn out?
Well, for starters, we ate hot dogs for lunch from a popular chain restaurant.
Next, we went to a baseball game! (Baseball is huge in Asia if you didn’t know.) The Hanwha Eagles, based out of nearby Daejeon, were playing the NC Dinos. It was a close game – 6 vs. 6 in the bottom of the 9th! Fortunately, Hanwha Eagles won with a walkoff double! Woohoo! This game was certainly not played at the same level of MLB, but it was entertaining nonetheless, particularly when 2 outfielders slammed into each other when trying to catch the ball.
We finished the night back in Cheongju with the other expats. There aren’t that many Americans in Cheongju, relative to the Canadian and British expat population at least. Therefore, the red, white & blue was lacking a bit, but we had our own fun time!