Daegu Parks!

Trip Start Jan 21, 2009
Trip End Feb 03, 2009

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Yeah, almost 50 degrees today!
Before I forget I want to express my appreciation for warm bathrooms (many here are not heated) and sitting on chairs to eat (traditional style is to sit on floor).

Today, Wednesday, we visited Daegu National Museum, Suseong Park and Mt. Apsam, all unique and interesting.  The museum depicted a lot of the traditional (I say that word a lot) lifestyles of eating, school, household items and rituals, history, etc. all in a new museum that just opened.  After the museum we took a taxi (longest we had to wait to catch one - almost 15 minutes!) to the Park area where we got snacks and sat on park benches.  We then strolled around the park which includes a huge river and many outdoor activity opportunities.  One of the most unique restaurants is also a part of the park - a DC10 turned restarant, kinda of a "pie in the sky" type thing?  
Next, we took another taxi to the entrance of Mt. Apsam and walked and walked up the mountain base to where we could catch a cable car to the top.  It was a spectacular view from both the cable car and the top of the mountain.  I knew Daegu was a big city, but to see it from this vantage point was awesome. 
After we descended we caught another taxi (by the way they are actually cheap, most places can be accessed with only about 2500 to 3000 won which is around $1.60 to $2.25) back into town as we were meeting one of Beth's co-teachers and her family for dinner.
Dinner and conversation was good, but I get overwhelmed by all the different dishes that are brought out for a typical Korean meal, can't begin to know what they are (sometimes don't want to) or just the too many concept on the taste buds.

All in all, it was good a good day and we enjoyed our walk home as the night was cool, but fresh. 
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