Day 3- Traveling to My Mom's Hometown

Trip Start Aug 23, 2009
Trip End May 23, 2010

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Mom's Cousin's House

Flag of Korea Rep.  , South Jeolla,
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Traveling to my mother’s home town. First we had to pick up my aunt and uncle and while we were waiting I noticed multiple trucks driving very slowly through what I would call back alleys but to the locals they were typical streets of their neighborhood. These trucks and their loud intercom speakers promoted their products through a recorded voice that was probably saying, “Fresh Fruit… Buy your fresh Fruit Here!”. It seemed as though it was a stupid idea but sure enough I would see people popping out buying their goods. Very similar to the ice cream man.

The trip to Pusan to Hiedu Islands, which is about 40 miles off the coast of Mok Po, was about 10 hours total with all the stops. We stopped and checked out a green tea farm, which was beautiful mountainous landscape with rows and rows of perfectly cut green tea bushes. Then we went to the Meat Market were there were multiple beef stores all right next to each other. After being here for a few days I have noticed that certain areas have heavily concentrated goods of the same shit. For instance, if you need landscape goods, there would be 10-15 landscape shops all right next to each other. Bread shops… all right next to each other, and it was the same for the meat market. 10-15 meat shops all right next to each other. As a business man it seemed weird that you would open up a shop right next to your competitors and sell pretty much the same shit. But what do I know. I am still a young business man and don’t know much. Anyways, for lunch we had raw beef, that was just killed the day before, that was mixed with sesame seed oil and probably soy sauce and red pepper. I was hesitate at first but it was actually pretty good. I think if they threw it on the grill it would have been the bomb. At the meat market they had unique roofs that were made of broken clay pots that were mortared together. It seemed as though these roofs would last forever. When we were leaving the market I noticed a broom that I kept on seeing all through out Korea. It was made of twigs for the brush which I thought was unique so I took a picture. When we finally arrived to my mothers cousin’s house I was extremely tired from the jet lag and traveling so much. My mom’s cousins are sea salt farmers that lived outside of Mokpo. When I arrived I wanted to take a shower before I went to bed and what an experience that was. Once again it was just a room with a drain but this time there was no warm water. I don’t think I have taken a cold shower since the last time I was here. It sucked the air out of my lungs but in the end it was pretty cool, no pun intended. Not just because of the water temp but because of the big bucket / pour water over yourself using a ladle method.

I forgot to mention that there were three unique things I learned today. First, when traffic slows down very quickly on the highway people put on their hazard lights to warn the people behind them. Second, even though it is not suppose to be this way…. Cars have the right away, not people. Third, in America women come first then men. In Korea it is the opposite… Men come first and women come second. Now that is awesome.
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