So the weekend of the 26th of May saw the roads full and everyone in Korea heading to the beach, or anywhere really. It was the much anticipated long weekend (we were given Monday off) and I had my bags packed and ready for Namhae: my escape to the island!
We set off with a tour group in Korea called "Adventure Korea" and spirits were high that early Saturaday morning as we anticipated a weekend filled with 'fun in the sun'. The journey there was MUCH longer than we expected. The bus was delayed due to traffic in Seoul and it was only around 16:00 that we arrived at our first village.
|The view from our house - village 1.|
Here we were to spend the rest of the day participating in farm experience and enjoying the beach. The farm experience turned out to be half an hour of trying to slip into disgustingly hot plastic boots, so we could walk behind an ox in a muddy paddy. We nominated Meabh to be the chosen ox driver and lived vicariously through her ;) A rather drunk ajoshi throwing mud at people meant we decided to skip the rice planting, suck down some yummy noodles made by the villagers and head for the beach!
|The sexy orange boots|
|Meabh taking one for the team|
|I like to call this one: Pebbles and the Poser|
One of the really special things about this village was the home stay. A Korean family had opened up their home to us, and cooked both dinner and breakfast for us. We had some pictures with our house mom the next day and she was the perfect example of how warm and welcoming Koreans can be. We loaded back onto the bus ready for day 2. Before we left, the mayor of the village came and gave us each hand wrapped gifts of soap - one of the products they are known for. That was a really special experience and something we really weren't expecting!
Some pics of the day...
|View from the top|
|View from our room|
The next day was sadly the last, and we were up and eating muffins and yogurt (the first of which I've had in Korea) before being taken for some sea fishing! Our whole group (9 of us) were able to fit on one boat and spent roughly 1.5 hours out on the sea, trying to catch fish. Was a really cool experience and one that I didn't expect to enjoy so much. I caught 8 fish and just thoroughly enjoyed being on the water. We had to head back however to get packed in time for a lunch of fish and sashimi (made from the fish we had caught) before loading onto the bus for the (much shorter) trip home. We had a bit of a wait in Daejeon, so found an Italian restaurant called Eat Me which was really delicious and a great way to end the weekend!