I spent the weekend in Cheong Song (near Andong) - and it's a town famous for their sweet apples! It was cute, when we entered the town, we see apples everywhere, and they even had apple lights! It was really cute. Our POE, Gyeongbuk TaLK decided to organize a cultural trip for us teachers, to Ju Wang Mountain (Ju Wang San). We woke up super early in the morning, met up at Daegu station, and boarded a tour bus headed to Andong. The bus rides felt extremely long - ~4hours to get to our destination - Ju Wang mountain. It didn't help that I left my mp3 player at home charging. :( Let's just say that I had a lot of napping & thinking time in the stuffy, hot bus. :S But despite that, the trip was a lot of fun!
Day 1 - when we arrived at Juwang Mountain, we ate lunch, then hiked to see a waterfall amongst the mountains. It was a long hike, but definitely worth it! I've never been so close to big mountains - let alone - hiking up a mountain! And I've never seen a waterfall in the mountains! The sad part was that 1) we didn't get to hike to the top 2) I had to carry this free apple (which was in a box), it's a nice gift, but it turned out to be a hassle to hold for more than an hr while hiking! We ALMOST made it to the second waterfall, but then had to turn back because it was getting dark :( I was so sad! I think the 2nd waterfall is taller and bigger! In the end, my legs were tired. I think it would have taken more than 3 hrs to hike up the whole mountain. :S I want to achieve it one day (considering how I'm not supposed to climb mountains). Hiking is really great for exercise! :) After that, we headed to our sleeping location - they are called "pensions". The girls slept in pensions (kind of like cabins, but smaller, and not made of wood - I forgot to take a photo of them :( ). The guys had to stay at a motel that was 5min away by bus. This was because there was a mix up w/ the reservation. The owners rented out some of the pensions to other ppl! After we got settled in, we ate dinner. It was a really good dinner that reminded me of Chinese food because we had roasted pig! Except we did not eat the pig's skin, and it was not crunchy -man I miss Chinese BBQ pig! But the whole pig reminded me of the whole pigs they sell back home. While we ate, some teachers got pressured into singing Noraebang (aka. karaoke), in front of all of us. It was quite entertaining actually! :) Then we had a bonfire outside. It was a HUGE fire o____O. It certainly didn't feel like Halloween - only 2 ppl had costumes. They had these wood sticks on a fence, and they lit them up, and it said "TaLK". It was very impressive! We didn't get any long sticks for roasting marshmallows, but the owners gave us these short metal skewers to use. We had to endure the heat to roast our marshmallows! D: But they were super yummy! My friend Megan is Australian, and she's never tried a marshmallow! So I was super excited to roast one for her to try! She didn't like it - "I don't like the crunchy part." -her words...Nicole (my other friend) and I were in shock, b/c that's the best part!!! We made a ring around the bonfire - like a chain...and sang our Gyeongbuk POE song "we are the best TaLKers" lol...it was lots of fun!!! :) After the bonfire, we sang lots of Noraebang! People were going crazy around us b/c they were consuming more alcohol. It was super fun at Noraebang, we all went nuts singing the most songs we could, dancing, rapping, you name it! Dragan, I think you have some competition ....ok maybe not. lol I admit, your singing is still the worst. lol but there was this one song where the girl murdered the song. lol When we sang Cher's Believe, I thought of all of you! The best song of the night was Outkast's Hey Ya! lolllll we all sang and danced, so funny I wish I recorded it. Caleb was the best entertainer with his MJ dancing, and voice imitation - he really went all out! lol After all this, we went back to our Pension, which I found out was the owner's house. o___O It turns out, in order to accomodate us (since they rented some pensions to other ppl), they were giving up their house for us to sleep in! It wasn't so great, we all slept on the floor, and all the flies/bugs ended up going inside the house b/c the lights were on while we were out. :( I guess it's a true camping experience in a way....haha.
Day 2 - I did not sleep well at all. I kept looking at my phone :( and the ground was hard, the room was hot - someone closed the window at night! Then in the morning, the tv turned on automatically to white "snow" screen. It freaked me out! I think the owners have it do that set on a timer. :S It was a rainy, cold day. Had a Korean breakfast (which is like lunch, or dinner) - had those glass noodles called "chap cheh", this spicy soup (which was good for hangovers according to my Korean friend who sat next to me), rice, and the side dishes. Then we did a small hike to one location to see this lake with trees in it - which indicates it's an ancient location. Then headed to look at this powerplant/water dam. The place near the dam was breathtaking. Actually, all the mountains around this time of year is breathtaking. Especially with the change in leaf colour! All the leaves are so pretty - just like home! :) The mountains are no longer plain green - they are brown, orange, red, and yellow coloured! So pretty! I was really amazed! After the powerplant, we got to get off at the top of a mountain. Wow, the view was spectacular! Then, we headed for lunch - had this Korean spicy chicken (that resembled a pancake/hamburger) - and chicken rice porridge. The chicken rice porridge is how my mom cooks her porridge lol, and the spicy chicken was good! After lunch, it was goodbye to Cheongsong. Back on the bus, and I was bored again the way back. So I tried to sleep, and when I saw the city, I was happy to be "home".
This cultural trip was amazing! It was great to see other teachers as well! I think overall, I was tired or something, I wasn't as talkative. :( But I still enjoyed myself, and it was a REALLY great experience. Thank you Gyeongbuk TaLK POE! :D