Sat. in Iksan and Sun. at Mireuksa

Trip Start Sep 24, 2006
Trip End Sep 01, 2007

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

On Saturday morning, I went for my usual walk and search for coffee (Nothing opens until 10 a.m...)and entered what I thought was a coffee shop as there was a sign on the second floor. So I wandered in, and the female owner of the shop was sanding what looked like a countertop; classical music was playing on the radio, and she had a coffee pot on the counter so I thought, she is very talented, runs a coffee shop and also is renovating it.  When I opened the door I thought she must be closed for business as she seemed rather startled but very graciously beckoned me after I said I was looking for coffee.  She immediately started making a pot of coffee, after kind of looking me over, and beckoned for me to sit down on a little stool. I am still thinking this is a coffee shop... Then I admired some of the furnishings in the room and brought out my guidebook and looked at it while the coffee is brewing. She doesn't speak English so is difficult to communicate but I showed her some of my photos of Bangkok on my camera and of the pics taken of the musicians at the Saxophone Pub.  She points to her guitar and cello in the corner and  says she sings and would i like to hear a song?  I say of course that would be wonderful so she grabbed her guitar and I moved over and she sang and played a beautiful ballad.  I thought, wow, runs a coffee shop, is renovating it and sings!  I took a pic (see attached) and we introduced ourselves.  Her name is Youmgmin.  Then we had coffee, and finally she communicated to me that the premises was not a coffee shop but she was a carpenter!  I went outside and showed her the sign that said Coffee and restaurant and she laughed and said it was upstairs!  We laughed and laughed, the universal language.It was such serendepititous experience - we really had a meeting of the minds and I had another amazing angel experience on my travels.  The world is a terrific place.
Went back to Stephen's place and Rona had gone to teach.  We played some cribbage, uploaded some music and then I met Rona and we went to a Korean movie loosely called Wedding No no in English but it was all in Korean; however being a comedy it was easy to follow, although thankfully Rona translated for me during the more obtuse parts.
On Sunday we went to Mireuk-sa, the temple area built during the Baekje Dynasty, during the latter part of Three Kingdom Period (Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla) from 57 BC to 668 AD when they ruled the entire Korean Peninsula and much of Manchuria.  Cathy, the English name of the Korean Director of the Hogwan (spelling?) or Academy where Stephen teaches English, picked us up  in her van. We went for lunch after the 1/2 drive there and then spent the rest of the time looking at the amazing temple area.  Stephen and his friend Leif (both from Burns Lake, BC) hiked up the mountain, while Cathy, Rona and I went to the Jewellry Museum and Dinosaur Museum.  We picked the guys up and got back to Iksan about 7 p.m..
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