I took so many pictures that I'm having to break it down into 2 parts: Day 1 and Day 2.
School ended about 1:00pm Friday afternoon, and we took off in our chartered disco bus (yes, it was seriously a disco bus) at 2:30pm. Our first stop was the rail bike ride. I have never heard of a rail bike ride and was curious as to what it was. About 1/3 of the teachers at my school are visually impaired, so the activities have to accommodate that. The rail bike ride was this big quad bike that was set onto a railroad track. It was really a lot of fun.
|The rail bike had a blue top so it made all the pictures blue. We all look smurfs.|
|Our rail bike|
|The scenery on our bike ride. It was gorgeous.|
We rode our bikes until the end of the trail, and then we all got out and had a break. They turned all the bikes around, so we could go back the way we came. At our break, my co-workers then realized that I had a nice camera AND I knew how to use it. So that started the photography posing. "Angela, come take my picture." "Angela, over here." Boy, do Koreans know how to pose! I never even had to say "smile" or anything. They just automatically do it. Here are some of the photographs I took.
|These two men fought over me and who was going to get their picture taken with me. They would shoo each other out of the way and tell them to get back...that I was theirs. They were making me laugh. I've never been fought over.|
There were these bird carvings made out of wood that we saw on our ride. I don't really know what they were for, but they sure were cool.
And the little Korean cowboy....he was one of the workers there. Love the cowboy hat!
After our rail bike ride, we got on the bus and headed to our hotel in Daecheon, which is on the west coast of Korea. Now the bus fully became a disco party karaoke bus. This was a first for me. And yes, I loved it!
|As in true Korean karaoke tradition, the videos on the screen never match up to the words from the song.|
And the answer to your question is yes....of course I sang a song! A microphone was thrust into my hands, and I had no choice. Not that I minded of course.... I sang Dolly Parton's "Nine to Five", and I even got up and danced down the aisle. My co-workers were apparently pretty impressed...of my singing or dancing ability, I have no idea.
After we arrived at our hotel to drop off our stuff, we were off to the fish market to have our dinner. I've never seen so many fish in my life. And the fish smell.....ugh.
|Dried fish anyone?|
|Our restaurant was right above this place|
Gayong, my co-teacher, asked if I ate raw fish, which I replied that I did not. Well, that's what everyone was having at dinner. So she ordered cooked fish for me. I got a whole platter!
|The raw fish. Yes, I actually DID try it! And it wasn't near as bad as I thought it would be. Of course, I did smother it in sauce.|
|The proper way to have someone pour you a drink in Korea. You hold your cup or glass with both hands. That's my principal pouring a drink.|
After dinner, we walked back to the hotel to freshen up. More fish to see and smell!
After freshening up, we went to the ocean and had firework sparklers in the rain. That was one of the coolest things ever. Then we went to this little restaurant and had shells over a hot grill. They fire up the grill right at your table. Shells, Soju, beer, and more Soju. I had about 3 little shot glasses of Soju to be a part of the group, but that was it. That stuff is awful. I was simply amazed at the amount of food Koreans can eat. They ate all this food AFTER a huge dinner. And they are all so small! Pretty much everyone was drunk at this point (except me). It was a hoot to see how they all behaved when they were drunk. Several of the men hit on me (who knows if they will remember me come Monday morning).
After the eating of the shells, we walked in the rain to a karaoke place. Now all of this was included in the trip - I only paid $20. What a cheap trip! We sang "Gangnam Style" - they were surprised that I knew the dance. Then I sang "Call Me Maybe", which is Gayong's favorite song. I danced, sang, played the tambourine, and had a great time.
Part 2 will be continued....
I am: tired from my vacation
I feel: grateful for this experience
I hear: quiet....it's 2:00am in the morning
I love: being home after a vacation