Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Traveling Weekend! The Sea Parting Festival and Tea Fields of South Korea

This past weekend has been pretty busy too, but I’ve taken a lot of pictures don’t worry! First, we traveled by bus, about five hours, to the Jindo Sea Parting Festival. Here we go again:

Someone loves stuffed animals.

Someone loves stuffed animals.

They sell coconuts here!

They sell coconuts here!

View of the sea before its parting

View of the sea before its parting

More ocean views

More ocean views

People began to gather on the steps to the sea path

People began to gather on the steps to the sea path

More sea shots. I can't help it, too beautiful!

More sea shots. I can’t help it, too beautiful!

The statue of the myth behind the sea parting, a grandmother prayed for her family to visit her on an island, and the gods answered. The sea parted! Also look at this guy's hat, "Baby Girl" haha.

The statue of the myth behind the sea parting, a grandmother prayed for her family to visit her on an island, and the gods answered. The sea parted! Also look at this guy’s hat, “Baby Girl” haha.

Soon this sea will part!

Soon this sea will part!

Some festival festivities

Some festival festivities

Was that rock visible ten minutes ago?

Was that rock visible ten minutes ago?

Another festival performance!

Another festival performance!

There was also a puppy petting place. So cute! But also smelly. Is it possible for puppies to get too much attention?

There was also a puppy petting place. So cute! But also smelly. Is it possible for puppies to get too much attention?

Seaside painting!

Seaside painting!

I left my mark.

I left my mark.

Some awesome hats.

Some awesome hats.

They had booths from other counties! Hello Ecuador, very cool dances.

They had booths from other counties! Hello Ecuador, very cool dances.

Sea shots again

Sea shots again

People venturing out to the island, the sea begins to really part!

People venturing out to the island, the sea begins to really part!

Some people looking for clams on the shore, and some boats in the distance.

Some people looking for clams on the shore, and some boats in the distance.

More festival parades

More festival parades

People venturing out to the island, the sea begins to really part!

People venturing out to the island, the sea begins to really part!

posing in front of the parting sea!

posing in front of the parting sea!

and so the journey across the water begins

and so the journey across the water begins

some sea creature catchers revealed after parting sea

some sea creature catchers revealed after parting sea

There's a crab in this beautiful shell!

There’s a crab in this beautiful shell!

People used some metal picks to sift through the sand and find clams and crabs

People used some metal picks to sift through the sand and find clams and crabs

Here's one!

Here’s one!

I think the tide may be coming back in, retreat!

I think the tide may be coming back in, retreat!

last view of the parting sea

last view of the parting sea

a bun with something in it? maybe green tea paste? It was pretty good.

a bun with something in it? maybe green tea paste? It was pretty good.

That was the Jindo Parting of the Sea Festival, the next day we bused it to the Boseong tea fields!

This is a last view from where we stayed the night in Mokpo, another fishing town.

This is a last view from where we stayed the night in Mokpo, another fishing town.

some flowers by the entrance to the tea fields!

some flowers by the entrance to the tea fields!

rows of tea take one

rows of tea take one

on the trail to the top of one of the tea hills!

on the trail to the top of one of the tea hills!

hedge shot, very Alice in Wonderland-esque

hedge shot, very Alice in Wonderland-esque

flowers among the fields

flowers among the fields

view from the top! can you see the sea?

view from the top! can you see the sea?

a moth!

a moth!

awesome trees

awesome trees

the mountain trail

the mountain trail

a brook

a brook

more trees

more trees

rows of tea take two

rows of tea take two

flower shot

flower shot

fields of green

fields of green

last look at the fields, so pretty and quiet!

last look at the fields, so pretty and quiet!

The tea fields were just so calming and gorgeous. Even better though, was the green tea ice cream they sold there. Fantastic! I had three. Couldn’t resist. I also picked up some green tea cookies and some matcha green tea mix.

It was overall a fantastic travelling weekend. Hope you all enjoyed the pictures! I miss you!

너무 보고 싶었어요.

Ariel

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This Weekend I Neglected My Camera

Sorry everyone! I kept forgetting my camera in my apartment this weekend. My excuse? I was very busy! I partook in a rooftop barbeque, makolli making, salsa dancing, nightclub endeavors, vagina monologues, and general wandering about. The rooftop bbq was held above a surf shop that also sold vespas! It was awesome and we could see the sea. There was good food and great people and we didn’t get back too too late. The next day I learned how to make makolli, a korean carbonated rice wine that is super tasty. We mixed together some yeast, rice and pine needles and it is fermenting still as I write this. After that, it was off to salsa dancing! Where I perfected my two step, and tried my best to keep up in basic salsa moves 101, which was the counting to 6 and twirling bit. After that lesson we watched in awe as some Korean salsa professionals began to fill the room. They were amazing, and all had their own unique flair, an extra kick in their dancing style. For each song they switched up partners, but that did not faze them at all. It was so fun to watch!

Next we heated up the floor on our own, by visiting a Korean club in Haundae beach. It was classic club stuff, with blarring music and bright lights, but also at one point a man with a trumpet played along! The next day I supported a friend by watching the dress rehearsal of The Vagina Monologues Busan, which made me laugh and cry, and was in general, a killer show. Unfortunately I’ll miss the real thing next weekend because I will be at the Parting of the Sea Festival in Jindo. I promise to take pictures then!

As a side note, I am now an official working person here, as I’ve got my ARC card, my internet, and my bank account all set, and I’ve received my first paycheck! Hoorah!

See you all later,

야! 친구!

Ariel

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One More Weekend Comes to a Close

Time moves so quickly here! I’ve already got my third week under my belt. fourth, if you count training in Seoul. This weekend I went to the beach, contributed to a pot luck yacht party, ate some super fresh fish at Jigalchi fish market, and went to the beach again, to see some stormy weather. Time for pictures!

Beaching it!

Beaching it!

Beach sailboat!

Beach sailboat!

Posing korean style on the beach

Posing korean style on the beach

I cannot stop taking beach pictures, just too idyllic

I cannot stop taking beach pictures, just too idyllic

dog walker alert!

dog walker alert!

I could sit here forever

I could sit here forever

a cool building on the walk back to jangsan!

a cool building on the walk back to jangsan!

Sun and Fun Haeundae Beach

Sun and Fun Haeundae Beach

My first encounter at Jigalchi, a crab bent on escape!

At Jigalchi fish market! This crab was about to escape!

At Jigalchi fish market! This crab was about to escape!

octopus galore

octopus galore

fish central

fish central

fish chunks

fish chunks

this lady ripped off the head of a live octopus while holding an entirely everyday conversation with a customer. She then bagged it, and gave it the guy with muscles still twitching. Woah!

this lady ripped off the head of a live octopus while holding an entirely everyday conversation with a customer. She then bagged it, and gave it the guy with muscles still twitching. Woah!

Not sure what these were..

Not sure what these were..

more squids

more squids

opened up fish

opened up fish

more fish selling

more fish selling

I ate some of these once! Like oysters, but a lot in one shell-type thing

I ate some of these once! Like oysters, but a lot in one shell-type thing

clams clams clams

clams clams clams

the fish market continues

the fish market continues

fishing boats

fishing boats

ocean views!

ocean views!

fish market indoors

fish market indoors

fish fish fish

fish fish fish

We wanted to try some of the sea’s glorious bounties, so we went upstairs to the restaurant section, where we haggled with a lady to buy some “bastard fish.” She seated us by the window, and then went down to haggle some more with the fish sellers to buy our fish! It was grilled, and really tasty.

fish we ordered in the upstairs part of the market! Before consumption

fish we ordered in the upstairs part of the market! Before consumption

After consumption. Devouring complete!

After consumption. Devouring complete!

The official Jigalchi man took our picture here

The official Jigalchi man took our picture here

two hands hold up the world outside

two hands hold up the world outside

Goodbye fish market!

Goodbye fish market!

in the outdoor mall nearby, after ice cream, we met a very photogenic golden man.

in the outdoor mall nearby, after ice cream, we met a very photogenic golden man.

The next day was a bit rainy, with some killer winds, but the beach was still gorgeous.

stormy seas ahead back in Haeundae

stormy seas ahead back in Haeundae

a stormy beach is still a beautiful beach to me

a stormy beach is still a beautiful beach to me

beach beach beach beach beach

beach beach beach beach beach

I predict that next weekend I will visit the beach again, haha. Talk to you then!

Miss you!

나중에 봬요!

Ariel

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Highlights From Last Weekend’s Holi Fest and This Weekend’s Trick Eye Museum!

I found some forgotten photos from last weekend’s Holi Fest, which is an Indian celebration to welcome spring. Everyone throws powdered color or paint at each other and dances and it’s really fun. I’m definitely ready for spring now. Phew! Here are some photo highlights:

All the people at Holi, and can you see the onlookers with cameras in the back? We were superstars.

All the people at Holi, and can you see the onlookers with cameras in the back? We were superstars.

Necessary beach jump picture!

Necessary beach jump picture!

phase one of face painting

phase one of face painting

Colorful dogs joined in too!

Colorful dogs joined in too!

So that was Holi, this weekend was also ripe for picture taking as we visited the Trick Eye Museum, a museum that was all sets for you to take pictures in. The sets and poses to take were pretty much endless, rooms and rooms and rooms. It was actually pretty exhausting haha. It was a rainy day though, so we had plenty of time to mosey through and laugh at ourselves. Here are some of the trickier ones, hard to tell if I’m real or a part of the pictures, right? Right?! Ok maybe not.

I'm in a picture! What a trick for the eyes!

I’m in a picture! What a trick for the eyes!

Yes, I have fantastic archery skills.

Yes, I have fantastic archery skills.

How did I fall from the ceiling, you ask? It's an eye trick!

How did I fall from the ceiling, you ask? It’s an eye trick!

Who is turning the page in this book? It's me!

Who is turning the page in this book? It’s me!

Yes, I am a celebrity.

Yes, I am a celebrity.

No sushi is too big to consume!

No sushi is too big to consume!

Elephants in Busan? Why yes, this is another trick for the eyes.

Elephants in Busan? Why yes, this is another trick for the eyes.

Floating poodles oh my

Floating poodles oh my

spaghetti cat!!

spaghetti cat!!

After the museum, it was still pouring, so we headed to Shinsegae, the world’s largest department store. It was buzzing with people, which was a little overwhelming, but I found and bought the cutest pillow! It has dancing rabbits, so the search through the crowds was worth it.

And on to the entrance of Shinsegae

And on to the entrance of Shinsegae

So many beautiful cakes!

So many beautiful cakes!

Looking up at Shinsegae, so many department floors!

Looking up at Shinsegae, so many department floors!

Well, that was that! Another weekend here successfully completed, rain or shine. I may head to the beach later today, I miss you all!

너무 보고 싶었어요!

-Ariel

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Exploring Busan Part 1: Cherry Blossom Hike!

This weekend I decided to explore my new city. My friend told me about a path that bridged Haundae beach (super close to me) and Songjeong Beach and went straight through where I’m living, Jangsan. She also assured me that it’s ripe with cherry blossoms at the moment. Needing no further convincing, we set out straight away!

The cherry blossom trail begins!

The cherry blossom trail begins!

I cannot take enough pictures of these trees.

I cannot take enough pictures of these trees.

A closer look at these flowers, they only bloom for like two weeks!

A closer look at these flowers, they only bloom for like two weeks!

Lighthouse in the distance

Lighthouse in the distance

Driving under the blossoms

Driving under the blossoms

Seaside views

Seaside views

Seaside views again

Seaside views again

Peek through the blossoms to see a city

Peek through the blossoms to see a city

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The first pagoda!

The first pagoda!

Inside views

Inside views

Another nook of this city by the sea

Another nook of this city by the sea

Another beach!

Another beach!

Pagoda number two

Pagoda number two

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an adorable bike

an adorable bike

the path continues

the path continues

more blossom shots

more blossom shots

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We made it to a new part of town, and can see a hint of the beach ahead.

We made it to a new part of town, and can see a hint of the beach ahead.

Toy museum, found!

Toy museum, found!

I think the whole museum may be full of these larger than life blown up cartoon characters maybe?

I think the whole museum may be full of these larger than life blown up cartoon characters maybe?

Across the tracks!

Across the tracks!

Past this sign!

Past this sign!

Past a bunch of different kinds of clams

Past a bunch of different kinds of clams

And past this bucket of crabs

And past this bucket of crabs

We made it to the beach! And I picked up a snack. It's like a fish cake thing on a stick. Pretty great after all that walking.

We made it to the beach! And I picked up a snack. It’s like a fish cake thing on a stick. Pretty great after all that walking.

Beach views

Beach views

Me trying out one of the public exercise/stretching contraptions before the next hiking trail. Pretty fun!

Me trying out one of the public exercise/stretching contraptions before the next hiking trail. Pretty fun!

I can't stop taking pictures of flowers

I can’t stop taking pictures of flowers

too beautiful!

too beautiful!

Lighthouse view

Lighthouse view

garden path

garden path

Lighthouse views number two

Lighthouse views number two

Another pagoda!

Another pagoda!

Up close

Up close

Fishermen!

Fishermen!

Further out, you can see some fishing nets

Further out, you can see some fishing nets

City by the sea once more

City by the sea once more

up another hill

up another hill

to another view

to another view

야! 친구!

-Ariel

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