My Korea, my life

2nd Infantry Division
Story by Sgt. Han-byeol Kim

Date: 01.02.2014
Posted: 01.02.2014 17:10
News ID: 118758
My Korea, my life

CAMP MOBILE, South Korea - Many soldiers face the hardship of being separated from their family and friends during the holidays. <br /> Soldiers deployed to Korea have the same difficulty, but spending the holidays in Korea can be more enjoyable than they think. <br /> <br /> Fresno, Calif., native Sgt. 1st Class Maria Estrada, a maintenance supervisor assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 70th Brigade Support Battalion, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, enjoys her life and holidays in Korea. <br /> <br /> At first, she was unsure how much she would enjoy her tour in Korea. <br /> <br /> However, now that she has spent time here, “It’s going to be hard to leave,” said Estrada.<br /> <br /> Even though Estrada is stationed in Korea and away from home, she has been able to enjoy many of her favorite things with her new friends Ahn young-sil and Cha Eun-jeong, who are a married couple she met during a golf tournament. <br /> <br /> Since then, she spends a lot of her time with them exploring new things. <br /> <br /> “I have spent most of my time here in Korea with them,” she said. <br /> <br /> Estrada learned more about Korean culture with her friends during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, including a visit to Seoul to watch the original Korean musical "Miso."<br /> <br /> “I was so excited to see the popular musical, and it was so beautiful and had great music,” said Estrada. <br /> <br /> Estrada added that the Korean musical "Miso" had traditional Korean instruments and clothes.<br /> <br /> She also enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with the soldiers of 70th BSB, followed by a traditional Black Friday shopping trip to the Camp Casey for a taste of home.<br /> <br /> Even though she wasn’t able to spend time with her family, Estrada found a different way to enjoy the holiday season. She feels lucky to be able to come to Korea and experience a culture that people back in the states don’t.