|So glad to be done with that exam!|
|Fun at squid party night with Mina.|
|On a search for the Buddhist temple.|
The next morning, we met at the school at 8:30 for another weekend trip. Clearly we just can't stay put for more than a few days. Luckily, we had plenty of time to sleep between random literature houses and museums. That afternoon, our bus stopped at an unmarked point in the middle of a mountain road, and we were told it was hiking time. We set off on a 7 km hike through kudzoo-covered mountain paths, just budding soy bean fields, and finally an incredible breathtaking rock beach. Unfortunately, we took the wrong turn at some point and were forced to trek over a rather trecherous part of the beach which was covered in slippery, pointy, algae rocks. Added challenge: it was raining. Thank goodness for good shoes! After another 3 km monsoon hike, we ended up at a secluded Buddhist temple deep in the woods, a mile from the nearest road. It was absolutely beautiful set against the foggy mountain backdrop.
|Traversing Geochang with my teacher.|
into formation without the help of modern technology. Afterward, we headed to the city of Geochang's Old City Wall and fortress that was used to protect its citizens from attacks. I dubbed it the "Great Wall of Geochang," but I really have no idea what it was called. We arrived back home in Jeonju that evening for some much needed rest. I don't think I've slept past 8AM since leaving America, but why sleep when there is so much to explore?? This summer, there is an adventure around every corner.
Crazy Korean Discoveries:
1. There is a saying that says, "If you go to Korea, don't forget to pack a spare liver." This country can drink some booze, let me tell you. They also have very strict rules for drinking. For example, when drinking, you must turn away from anyone who is older or higher ranked than you. This is one of the most awkward table practices I have ever seen.
2. Never, ever write somebody's name in red ink. This means either that they are dead, will die soon, or you want them to die. Similarly, if you give somebody a gift in a set of four (like four cups or something), it is like telling them to go die.