We woke up bright and early. First activity, breakfast. We had bagels! YUM.
|gotta have enough cream cheese for like 50 people|
|Hyori was our mascot for the trip. She was so well|
Then we had time to explore the folk village.
|fresh, organic raspberries|
They had some Korean games out
|arguing about how aerodynamic the|
|Ga Hyeon got one!|
|On the fortress walls|
'Next, we headed out to the Boseong green tea fields
|excited to see fresh water|
The restaurant had a green tea menu!
|Green Tea Jajangmyeon|
|Green Tea Donkasu (pork cutlet). It tasted like a regular|
one with some matcha powder on it
|Happy to spend lots of time with this lovely lady|
For our next experience, we headed to a green tea plantation to take part in a green tea making experience. First, we had to pick the green tea.
|"I moved all the way to Korea to do manual|
|This is what you look for when you're picking|
green tea. Two leaves and a stem
|Group shot after we picked a bunch of tea|
|Lauren's too cool for green tea. Just kidding,|
she forgot her glasses on the bus and
her sunglasses are perscription
|ready to not get burned drying green tea|
|That bowl is like 300 degrees C|
|you have to turn it, pat it and turn it again quickly so it|
|pat pat pat|
|An ahjumma showing us how to dry the|
Apparently they do this process like 8 times to make the tea suuuuuper refined. SO MUCH WORK!
We all fell in love with the animals on the plantation.
Then we got to drink some classy tea! This is the good stuff.
|He explained how to drink the tea. There's a|
After a great, informative experience (seriously, I will appreciate all of my green tea so much more now!) we headed to a BAMBOO FOREST!!! I've never touched actual, natural growing bamboo before!!
|it's a banda pandas!|
|it's so smooth!!|
|Trying to make a heart|
|success! They're so cute|
China strictly controls the world's panda supply, so Korea only has fake ones.
Next, we stopped at a tree lined road.
Ok, that might not sound super impressive, but considering Korea's history, it's quite a feat. You all remember that Korea is an active war zone, right? The Korean War never actually ended. Pre war, Korea as a whole was very poor, and so when the war started, South Korea didn't have a ton of resources. All they have are mountains and trees. So, basically, they used most of the trees as fuel and for supplies. Consider that a good 80% of the country got decimated in the war as well, making South Korea a barren, rubble filled almost wasteland. But, with the help of many countries around the world, and thanks to a 'never give up, we can do this' attitude by a people who wanted to overcome their hardship, Korea started to rebuild.
Around the early 70s, tree planting initiatives were started so that Korea would become green again. This resulted in this lovely, picturesque road:
|we were quite the spectacle as we attempted a group jumping|
It was a relaxing, beautiful end to the traveling of the day. We headed to Jeonju and checked in to the hostel, and then headed out to dinner.
Jeonju is famous for bibimbap, but I have already tried it and also don't really know enough about bibimbap to judge how much better it actually is.
|We opted for Gamjatang instead. It's a|
semi spicy pork bone soup
|Lauren looooooves her 감자탕|
We hung out with the group for a bit and then headed back to our hostel, which had pretty (tho not thick) floor mats and blankets.
Nooooot the most restful sleep I've ever had (my body just isn't used to sleeping on hard wood floors with only a thin mat to lie on), but it was still a pretty decent night's sleep. We had a looooong but awesome second day!
Third day coming soon!
If you remember the phenomenon that was Gangnam Style, PSY is back with another interesting satire of Korean life, this time featuring Snoop Dog.
This song is essentially making fun of Korean drinking culture. It also includes cameos by G Dragon (from Big Bang, honestly if you don't know that by now, we cannot be friends) and CL from 2NE1. I think it's a crazy video, and it's mostly in English, which is odd for a Kpop song. Enjoy.