Weekend #2

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hello everybody!
Sorry for the delay in blogs, we have been extra busy/tired the last few days! So here is a recap of our second weekend here in Busan:

Friday night we took it easy because we knew we were going to be going out Saturday, and were pretty tired from a long week of teaching! We headed over to a neighborhood near ours (we ahve realized there is nothing to do in our neighborhood, and we have to travel outside of it to do anything) called Dongnae. We grabbed some quick BBQ, which was delicious as always, and headed to the Lotte Dept Store down the street which houses a movie theater. We went and saw the new Alice and Wonderland in 3-D. American films are shown in English with Korean subtitiles which is good news to us! We both enjoyed the movie more than we even thought we would! It was really good!

Saturday, we got up bright and early to get ready to hike up to Beomeosa Temple. We were excited to see the sun peeking through the clouds, one of the first glimpses of sunlight we had had here, but figured it was still cold. I think we each had atleast 3 layers on walking out the door, a little over prepared! We striped as we went up the mountain! ha You can ride the subway right to the outskirts of town and get off at the Beomeosa stop. When we came up out of the subway we saw two options, there was a sign that said Beomeosa temple 3 km ahead, and there was a parking lot full of buses with people boarding to ride up to the temple. Bryan let me make the executive decision of which route to take. Well I had my brand new hiking shoes on, and was ready to get to it, so I decided we were going to "hike" it. What we didnt know was that everyone rides the bus up to the temple and then hikes the trails up the mountain from there. So there we were the two Americans walking literally on the side of the road being passed by cars and busses full of Koreans looking at us saying "Suckers!" But had we not taken the scenic route we would ave missed many views of trash filled backyards. (note to self: anyone we send to see the temple will be told to take the bus!)

I wont talk too much about the temple because we have some good pictures and videos that can do the talking for me. It was built in 1461 and was exactly what I had envisioned in an ancient Korean temple. The architecture, the designs of the buildings, the statues inside, they were all very unique and authentic. Definitely something to see! We had a really good time roaming around.

When we walked out of the temple grounds our original plan was to hike north of the mountain to see what is called the Geumjeong Walls, which are kind of like a mini Great Wall of China. We saw a path that resembled the name so we started trekking. We soon found out that the path was completely made of rocks and boulders and completely uphill...talk about feelin the burn!! We hadnt quite planned vert well for such a hike, we had eaten breakfast about two hours earlier and didnt pack anything more than a few crackers to munch on. After huffin it for about 40 mins we saw a sign that showed we were about a fourth of the way to the top! We debated for a little bit, not wanting all of our hard work to go to waste, but then decided to tuck our tails and head back down the mountain feeling defeated. To had insult to injury we had groups of 50+ yr old Koreans shimmying down the mountain like it was nothing. (We told ourselves that they too had given up and not made it to the top). The other foreign teachers told us it is about a 2 hour hike, and one that shouldnt be done after you decided to "hike" the first 3 km to the temple. So we will be back to conquer it...just better prepared next time!

Saturday night we went out to dinner with the 4 other foreign teachers. Ashely was performing in a sketch comedy show "Busan Night Live" and we all went together to watch. There is an Indian restaurant above where the show was being held that we all went to for dinner. Bryan and I had never had Indian food, and didnt have high hopes for it. Man were we proved wrong! Im not sure why Indian food gets such a bad rep, but it is REALLY Delicious!! We actually went back and had it again last night for Ashley's birthday! So for anyone who has never tried it, we highly recommend doing it!! You cant go wrong with any kind of chicken curry and nan(Indian flatbread)!!

The show that night was great! We had such a good time. Ashley was absolutely hilarious, as were the other actors! We stayed around after the show for the cast after party, and ended up not leaving until 4 something in the morning and headed over to good ole Mickey D's for some food. We ended up not getting home until 6 in the morning. Something neither of us had done in a loong time! But it was a great night, and we got to get to know our other teachers a lot more!

Needless to say, there isnt much to report for Sunday. After we realized we hadnt taken any time to actually rest since we left home, we decided to not go hit the town exploring and to lay on the couch and rest. We have to keep reminding ourselves that we have an entire year! Im not used to slowing down while traveling, but I guess we have to every now and then! But we will be back at this weekend with more stories and pictures! Hope everyone is doing great! We miss you all!!

Dianna and Bryan
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