gangstas on the mountain (for the record it was really warm on the way up)
Yeah so, this weekend was jam packed with more...stuff :) First I spent my first Friday night in Youngtong in a long time. I called it quits pretty early though. The group I went out with apparently began drinking pretty heavily long before I arrived, therefore, needless to say, they were a bit tipsy. I tried to play catch up, putting down some of that crap the Korean's call beer here, but it was a lost cause because the girls were way ahead and after being with them for a while, I quickly realized this was not going to be one of those "nights to remember." First off, DRAMA...I can't stand feeling like I am having some sort of gossip talk about who sleeping with who, not to mention the Japanese girl getting on to me for having "a thing for Asian women.
Shin and I + flute guy
" I kept trying to explain that it's not just Asian women, but the haze of soju was clouding her ability to comprehend any logical explanation I could put forth. A short time later, tears were shed at the other end of the table...I looked at the guy across from me and said "Norabong." (Korean karaoke) <---This worked before...my friend Carissa, some other pepes and myself were out for a "night to remember" since it was her last night and she sparked a few tears...I'm not one for sad faces on good nights, so I started yelling for us to "smoke a norabong,"...her tears cleared right up. I love making people happy by doing stupid things, life's too short to be sad, there's always a positive side to everything, albeit sometime difficult to discover the good in things.
..Anyway, it worked twice in a row now!!! Norabong <-- the key to alleviating sadness and tears.
Saturday morning I boarded the bus and headed to Daejeon
, where I was meeting some old friends and some new friends from Seoul. We finally rendezvoused and found a place to crash for the night, then headed out to the Gyeryongsan National Park. The ride out there seemed to take a while, we did have some brownies along the way which made me feel quite parched. Jo Jo and I grabbed a quick 6pack to have at the peak once we realized that we would not be strolling along to the lake we thought we'd find... There, we were supposedly headed towards a waterfall once we realized the lake wasn't happenin.
an ad...I think about money
I knew this damn thing wouldn't be there, it was not on the main tourist map (but it was one one of the maps), it hasn't been raining here at all really (a small shower hear and there), we could not hear it out there...one of the guys with us kept insisting on finding it...he claimed it to "be our destiny"...I tell ya, I didn't like him at all... He really pissed me off when we got to the top of the mountain and were discussing life and whatnot. Someone brought up Buddhism, I mentioned how recently, a nice guy a never knew before offered me a book on the teachings of Buddha, to which I gladly accepted. This peckerhead with us, made a remark: "A book you will never read." I had the mind to explain to him what I had read already and question is audacity to make such ill-advised comments, but I decided to let him feel good about trying to make me feel bad.
Street in Daejeon
..after all, I had already got him on the waterfall bid. Oh yeah, and later on at the bottom of the mountain, he was showing off his Korean, which was pretty good...and I was complementing him on it when he made another remark which I found to be a vexation. "Well instead of just showing the phrase to them, I pronounce it." <---He was referring to earlier when we were at the motel negotiating the price and I showed the lady a phrase that asked if I could see the room at the request of the group. Sometimes, you just don't feel like trying to learn a new phrase when you have four eager people with you to drop the bags and go...ok, I'm done bitching about him...I think... and just to recall, he did seem like a nice guy, he just seems to have a dominative personality and doesn't mesh well with a good buzz
One the bus ride back, we met some Korean guys and were chatting with them via broken English, Korean and Konglish.
We told them how we wanted to eat the Solotong, which was supposed to be extra good in Daejeon. They offered to come with us to the restaurant. So we all went, but only three of us had any out of the group of 6. The Korean's were full and that one guy a veggie. Meanwhile, the three of us enjoyed an absolutely delicious bowl of noodles and meat with some milky/creamy sauce, kimchi and beer. Back at the hotel, us three meat eaters crashed out on the floor and gave the bed to my new best friend, hehe. Next day, woke up early and grabbed a taxi tot he mountain where the barefoot experience was to take place. First off, the free shuttle which was promised to us was not there! So we had to spend the dough on a cab to get there. So, we got there and did the damn thing.
a soldier and a guitar
We were just gonna do the 5k, then decided we had nothing better to do so we did the whole 13k BAREFOOT. It was a great time, pretty much Shin, JoJo and I stuck together discussing volunteering, travel experiences, gardening and just random shit. We had a great time. There was a little mud pool where we treated our feet to a mushy mud bath, did a little frolicking through the pool splashing mud on everyone. We ran into some Malaysian guys who were playing the drums. I was real quick to jump in the circle and jam to the rhythm. I think we found a cold beer up there too. Then a bit further down the trail, some old guys were chillin along the side and offered us some macoli (traditional Korean alcohol that stands for "long life")...Oh yeah, and there was an old guy standing up a hill on the side of one of the mountains playing a traditional Korean flute...we finished and got two free bottles of soju each :D