In the Winds


Namhae
May 24, 2009, 1:53 pm
Filed under: Korea

A few weekends ago, Korea celebrated Children’s Day, which our students were appalled to discover is unknown and uncelebrated in America. Children’s Day, as it turns out, is indirectly also a Teacher’s Day, as we got Monday and Tuesday off of school. We took a trip to Namhae Island just off the southern coast of Korea, with our friends and coworkers Jen and Jarod. Though we passed up a stop at “The Garlic Land of Treasure” on the bus ride to our destination, the weekend was a great escape from big-city Busan.

Namhae had color, real color. And architecture. And gates. With lion knockers.

Namhae had color, real color. And architecture. And gates. With lion knockers.

We planned to hike up a mountain on Saturday, but the light mist we began our day with quickly turned to cold drizzle and then downpour. Momentarily defeated, ponchos to the rescue.

We planned to hike up a mountain on Saturday, but the light mist we began our day with quickly turned to cold drizzle and then downpour. Momentarily defeated, ponchos to the rescue.

We were like a gang. A really cool gang.

We were like a gang. A really cool gang.

After a somewhat grueling climb straight up, in surprising solitude, we made it to the top, where there was a Buddhist temple decorated for Buddha's birthday.

After a somewhat grueling climb straight up, in surprising solitude, we made it to the top, where there was a Buddhist temple decorated for Buddha's birthday.

temple

Hanging from the lanterns are prayers written and offered.

Hanging from the lanterns are prayers written and offered.

Korea does spring well.

Korea does spring well.

We had a great time hanging out near the water at night.

We had a great time hanging out near the water at night.

However, I fault Namhae for its lack of available hot coffee. Despite it's amazing signage, this "cooffee" shop did not actually exist.

However, I fault Namhae for its lack of available hot coffee. Despite it's amazing signage, this "cooffee" shop did not actually exist.

Namhae lays claim to some really well preserved dinosaur footprints.

Namhae lays claim to some really well preserved dinosaur footprints.

Eric's best attempt at being a Brontosaurus.

Eric's best attempt at being a Brontosaurus.

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Your face would be what I would put on a HAPPY ANNIVERSARY card. 🙂 Happy Anniversary, you two! (Maybe a day late now that you’re finishing your day in S. Korea.) Praying for you about whatever comes from your neighboring country to the north.

Comment by saspinall

🙂 Ha!

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