|Cherry blossoms on my way home|
|That's me winning our march madness group by chance. too bad we|
didn't bet any money.
|strange wedge potatoes at lunch... the orange|
stuff is like cheese sauce?
|Young Ah and I went out to dinner Saturday to belatedly|
celebrate our birthdays~
On Saturday, Cesca and I started out early because we were going on another weekend trip. This one ended up being more successful. Our first stop was Jindo, to see the Miracle Sea Road or the Sea Parting Festival.
Legend has it that a grandma was separated from her family because they moved to an island and she was left behind. She prayed and prayed for a road to open so she could be reunited with her family. A rainbow appeared and a path opened. They were reunited but the grandma also died (in true Korean story fashion) because it was her last wish to see her family.
The scientific reason is because of extreme differences in the tides. Once in a great while, just a few days every year, the tides match up so well that this sea road appears. Cool stuff.
SO here's the photo rundown of the day:
|we bought these awesome boots for the|
|laughing cause people kept getting in our pics|
|we were pretty far out and the water really does|
recede like all the way
|the path was still open when we left, but|
we didn't want to get caught out there
|lemonade from the America booth|
|No idea why these people were performing|
|car rollover seatbelt demo|
|they had global entertainment|
|And korean wrestling|
|They let foreigners try|
|This ahjumma would not stop chasing this poor|
girl around to shower her with affection
|people come and bring bags to gather seaweed and any food they|
find on the walk. We saw lots of people digging for
clams and some lady even picked up an octopus
|preparing for the crossing|
|enjoying our boots|
|we were amazed that the water really does go away! It really|
made a path!
|can't avoid the photo bombers|
|using their minds to part the sea|
|Katie and Cesca being explorers|
|Finished the night with cotton candy|
Fun fact, Jindo is also the place where Admiral Yi Sun Shin defeated the much larger Japanese armada or navy or whatever in a great sea battle. Pretty cool stuff.
|the best part was meeting this|
Jindo puppy. The dog breed is
also from this island and it's adorable
We got on the bus for another 2 hour ride (the ride to Jindo was 6 hours. Wheeeeee) and we arrived at our hotel in Boseong late at night. We rested up as best we could on floor mats, and then in the morning, headed out to the green tea fields.
I've been here before, but the viewing time was quite short and it was a little rushed. This time, we had most of the day, so we got to leisurely stroll around the bamboo forest and tea fields, while trying all the green tea foods.
|we loved our hotel name~ Da Beach|
|we even had time to hike to the top of the fields.|
it was a gorgeous day!
|Green Tea naeng myeon.. Nothing special|
but the theme was fun
|we also got to participate in a tea|
ceremony which had a lot of steps to
|Pandas, where u at?|
|getting good angles|
|abusing nature, clearly|
|the churros, ice cream and ddeokbokki were the best|
|We climbed all the way to the top!|
After a 6 hour bus ride and another hour on the subway, I was finally home just after 11. Exhausted but internally energized by the great weekend. Neither place was too crowded (despite how crowded the Jindo pics seem, that was a decently roomy festival) and there wasn't anything to frustrating about this weekend, which made it feel amazing. I got to see some beautiful things and enjoy some great weather outside of Seoul, plus I spent a lot of time in good company.
Hoping to fill my last few months in Korea with many more adventures :D