Monday, May 3, 2010

Blog 14 -3 May

We returned to Jeonju ( 3 hours south of Seoul) for an International Faculty weekend away with 24 university professors and families. It was great to connect with people from Lebanon, India, Vietnam, Germany, the US, Russia, China and Timor Leste. The event was organised by the University and meant we did not have to think about where to go, what to do, what to eat, where to stay or how to translate anything! While I'm not a fan of organised tours it was very relaxing.

We were provided with a bag of goodies including gorgeous yellow hats to identify us all and were happy to play follow the leader for a while. We slept on the floor in traditional housing (hanok) which is photographed in the background above and were exposed to Korean customs and culture all weekend. Good to have cheese on toast when we got home!

Meals in Korea are often eaten sitting on the floor with shoes removed and left at the door. Typical meals consist of many smaller dishes and a few main dishes. The empty hotplates are waiting for some sizzling chilly octopus.

It was so good to get out into the countryside we woke at 6.00am and walked along the river. Hooray! There were no people about. The fish ladder on the left helps fish swim upstream.

This peace and quiet was short lived however as we spotted a crowd on the opposite side of the river. It was an early morning market selling everything from a variety of spinach and greens, to strawberries and ginseng.

These women are selling bags of dried chillies.

This old lady asked me to take her photo with her daughter. Below is the couple who looked after us at the hanok. Here is the website.


jacob said...

it's been way too long since i looked at your blog; it's really fantastic to see how things are going in korea. keep having fun and i'll see you soon.

Anonymous said...

D&S -Good to see aspects of your life in Korea in "living colour"! I will now follow you with more interest. Michael R

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