The United States does autumn well. In Korea we have beautiful ginkgo and Japanese maple trees that turn vibrant colors, and I can still wear the same cozy clothes because the weather is the same, but gee whiz!
I haven't had a pumpkin spice latte since 2010!
In Korea, we have kokuma (고구마), which is just like a potato only a little softer and sweet (but not a yam). We get kokuma lattes in the fall. We also get the hagwons (학원) trying to be all Western with the Halloween activities, but everyone knows Halloween isn't a Korean thing. Persimmons are in season, and my Korean co-teachers are starting to look at winter coats (like this and this! (Korea, don't do it!)), but other than that, there aren't any special fall things for the expat living in Korea.
So those of you in that faraway country, enjoy your pumpkin patches. Treasure your Fall Festivals. Guzzle that hot apple cider. Look forward to Thanksgiving's delicious spread. For goodness sake, don't even think of wasting a good camp fire night!
...and please save a slice of pumpkin pie for me.
Oh, the audacity of fate! What do I happen to see next on the blogroll but Kristin's hot cider bar post. The irony is cutting.
|Feel free to check out the intimate desires of my heart on Kristin's blog, Vignettes.|
Breathe in, breathe out, and remember, Lindsay, you'll be back in time for Chi-fil-A's peppermint milkshakes.
What are your favorite things about fall? Any things that, if absent, would scratch up the whole season?