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... the old capital back in ancient times
(que Jay's correction of my recollection of the story). If anything, it would've been a much more
enjoyable walk if the sun wasn't beating down own us the entire time. Midway through we stopped by an archery site
where Jay convinced me to partake in the activities. Jay proved that he was a better foot soldier
than I was as he hit the target 4 times out of 10 . . . whereas ...
This entire week was very laid back which is what this non stop attitude needed. I decided to have plenty of me time and get a routine to keep me focused the next month...this mainly meant trying out yoga, which is in fact really really difficult, actually doing my dishes, and taking trips to the market for unidentified vegetables. Needless to say, my week on a scale of 1 to maturity was that of a working mom.
Finally I am going to the DMZ!
Dave booked two seats on a tour to the DMZ. The demilitarized zone in between South Korea and North Korea.
First, we went to an amusement park where you can see the Friendship Bridge, which used to be one of the only links to North Korea. Now, people hang ribbons and messages to friends and family members on it for people on the other side.
Next stop was ...
... and tea ceremony. We also had the opportunity to talk with a couple nuns about their practice. I was surprised by how evangelical the experience felt. There was a lot of rhetoric about using meditation as a technique to obtain happiness in this life, and I don’t think anyone mentioned anything about letting go of attachment or escaping samsara or anything that sounded even remotely Buddhist. Although I didn’t fundamentally disagree ...
... I had no problem at all. ....and I even DRANK THE WATER! :o)
Most of these pictures were taken in the market district of Seoul where restaurants are VERY small and it is common to see the the cooking being done outside. ....but still under cover.
One of the crazy things about Korea, and not just the market district, is what I would call the "Delivery ...