Friday, July 20, 2012

Boryeong Mud Festival 2012

The great part about extending our contract is that we get to experience all the great parts of Korea that only happen in the summer and fall two glorious times. That means, we made it to Mudfest again!!

This time around at Mudfest, we did things a little better. We got to hang out with friends and family, planned better, spent less money, and got to play on more of the inflatable toys. Win. Win. Win. Win.

From Suncheon, we left on Friday night and made our way to Jeonju by train. When we arrived in Jeonju,we took a taxi to the bus station to look at bus times to Boryeong and try to buy tickets. We weren't able to buy tickets the night before but we did see all the times and they had special seasonal buses going to Daechon beach. Yes, just what we were hoping for! We stayed at a great love motel (the front was the lone word "Hotel" and it claimed to be "a tourist hotel") that was only 40,000 won for the night.

The next morning we got up early and left on the 8:30am bus to the beach. We arrived at about 9:45, stored our stuff in a locker (2,000 won this year, free last year), and bought wristbands for both the morning and afternoon sections. (Last year there weren't sections and only on entrance fee of 5,000 won for the whole day.)

The morning section was a LOT less crowded than the afternoon section. We only had to wait about 15-20 minutes in line for each slide, mud pit, or obstacle course. We were able to do everything. Even though each activity seemed to be over really quick, it was still super fun. I was laughing, slipping, and sliding all over those big plastic toys!

The afternoon is when everyone and their flippin' brother arrived. All the organized tours started pulling in and the place really started filling up. The lines swelled and what used to take 20 minutes, took up to two hours. We didn't go on any of the slides or anything in the afternoon. It just wasn't worth it to wait that long for less than a minute of play time.

It was so crowded but there was still plenty of mud to go around! They have a "jail" where you go inside and they festival workers throw mud all over you. It was a good way to get to lookin' like this:

The first photo was taken by Katie and the last four were taken by Brent of Kimchi Bytes.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gwangalli Beach, Busan

Over the weekend we went to Busan to visit with some friends and for Spencer to play in soccer tournament. We stayed with our friends in the Gwangalli beach area and it was like a little slice of Korean heaven. I loved everything about the place! First of all, our friends live about a block away from this:

Beautiful, no? :) The bridge lights up at night with little color changing lights. It's gorgeous! I wish I took a picture of it but it was rainy when I saw it at night. Bummer.

Number two, Gwagalli has a variety of cafes, restaurants, and bars along the beach. For the price of a cup of coffee, you can sit in the shade for a couple hours enjoying the cool sea air. There is some great people watching to be had, and what better place to do it from than from the second story of a coffee shop?

Another great part about our beachy weekend get away was our friend's cat, Oscar. Oscar is a loaner kitty that Courtney is watching while her friend does some traveling for a couple months. I'm honestly not very much of a cat person but I instantly fell for this guy.

He has got to be one of the most chill cats, ever. And his hair is just awesome. He's like a tiny grey and white lion! He's a gem.   

Also, here's a few more photos from the weekend, just for fun.
futsol tournament
art in the metro
Gwangalli Beach, it's definitely not secluded!
The Highs
This is a great idea!
Gwangalli street sign
heading home to Suncheon, bus terminals as far as the eye can see!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Korean Photo Poses

One of the greatest things about Koreans is the way they pose for photos. Just smiling isn't good enough for them. They feel they should invoke what they are feeling, some creativity, or silliness into their photos. It's silly but actually really fun!

Here are a couple of our friends, Kaylee and Jeremy, showing some of the poses for you.

Photos by Miss Katie High.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

View from the Top

When we were in Seoul for Spencer's birthday, we went to a cafe and took these pictures using the mirror on the ceiling. I think they're great! I love using things around us to create unique and interesting shots of every day life. I need to keep my eye open for more opportunities like this. Hope you enjoy!