Another weekend in the Mountains

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He was complementing the length of my legs....i think
Last weekend I took my couchsurfing guest from France, a friend who just moved from LA and two folks from Seoul to Odaesan, which means five mountains. We went hiking for the weekend. None of us were Korean so we had to do the bus thing all by ourselves, haha. We needed to transfer twice but at the first stop, we arrived after the last bus so we had to stay there for the night. We were able to get a motel room with no beds for 11,000W each. We stayed there and ate some leftover soup, kimchi and rice I brought from school. The first place I walked into trying to negotiate a place to stay was apparently a whore house. It looked very nice inside. I asked the guys how much for one night once I realized where I was.
They said 500,000W.

The next day we got up to catch the 6:45am bus to Jimbu where we met one more person. He caught an earlier bus and stayed there for the night. We then caught yet another bus to the park where we saw a famous old temple with a unique pagoda in the middle.

The hike itself was nothing too special. It was very cloudy, so visibility was limited to the trail. I would like to return to see what I missed cause the pics online I saw were quite nice. We ended sleeping at a temple. Buddhists are very nice people and are always willing to help anyone. My Korean was far from enough for effective communication. The lady I was trying to chat with asked me if I spoke French. Good thing my French couchsufer was with me. We had our place to stay for the night.
Lights out by 9pm. We had to leave the premises to prepare dinner though cause we had meat we would be drinking.

I woke up to the sound of monks chanting at 3:30am. It was a soft tone which put me right back to sleep. We got back up around 5:30 for breakfast. One thing that I have learned about Koreans is that they do not distinguish a difference between the three daily meals. The eat the same thing no matter what time it is. This is why I cook my ham, eggs, toast and orange juice for myself everyday. That is one think I cannot adapt to. So we hung around the cafe chatting with the locals who would speak a little with me and my busted Korean/Konglish(korean/english). We chatted with a monk outside for a bit. He spoke pretty good English. He invited us in to have tea with him. He gave us a mat for our computer which I have not translated yet. He was very nice. I wish to see him again.

Once we arrived back to Seoul, my guest hit the road via train and Trisha and I road out on the bike for a light Sunday afternoon drive through the mountains....Have a nice day friends :)
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