Sunday, June 23, 2013

"Be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."

Finally a quick one! haha :)
During a long holiday weekend, I had to the chance to spend some time outdoors and by the ocean! It felt like forever since I'd been to the beach, and now especially that it's warmed up so much, I was missing it! It was a wonderful change of scenery.

I enjoyed some kayaking which I haven't done in years, hiking, fireworks, bonfires, and dance parties on the beach, and great food. I had the opportunity to super practice my Korean reading skills traveling by local buses across the entire island, meet some really cool people, have some crazy adventures!

A couple weeks ago I went to the Firefly festival. There were some really entertaining kids' activities to watch such as huge water gun fights, pottery and soap making, wood crafts, and catching trout in the river with their hands. It was so impressive to see kids coming out holding big fish in each hand.

What I enjoyed most was the 3 parades/processions. First, there was one depicting a traditional wedding, next a funeral, and third a one for farmers/peasants. It was fascinating to see the traditions of their culture. It was so interesting to see the different types of clothes and colors for the ceremonies, the music, and everything! Overall, it was a really nice day and a pretty little festival to walk around.

One Friday morning my school went on a lovely morning hike. It was a great opportunity to get to hang with the kids outside of  the normal classroom setting. It was just a quick trip to a nearby mountain. It was so nice to be outside and not in school on this bright and sunny day.  

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