One of the difficult things about Teaching English in Korea is that you miss out on your home country’s national holiday’s (Independence Days, Memorial Holidays, etc.). So, what is there to do for a group of adventuring ex-pats? Celebrate the only way you know how, fireworks!
Being an American I was aware that our Independence Day holiday, 4th of July, was approaching; However, being in Korea meant that I was unable to celebrate like I had in the past with BBQ, fireworks, and family. At 11:55pm July 3rd I turned to my friends, some Americans and a few Koreans, and I announced that in a few minutes it was going to be Independence Day and we needed to celebrate. They agreed.
We walked over to the local corner store and bought every firework that they had, (I was the happiest person in the world when I realized that you can buy fireworks at the corner stores). We walked down to the river so we could light the fireworks, without causing any damage to surrounding buildings.
With our modest supply of pyrotechnics and enthusiasm, we lit up the night. Bottle rockets, Roman Candles, Sparklers, and a few others I don’t know how to name we lit.
It’s not always easy being away from friends and family while teaching abroad, but it’s the little ways that remind me of home that make me feel at peace. Even if that means lighting up the night sky.