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.
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.
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.
Hanging from the lanterns are prayers written and offered.
Korea does spring well.
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.
Namhae lays claim to some really well preserved dinosaur footprints.
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Eric's best attempt at being a Brontosaurus.