Week 15: Korean class picnic
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At the beginning of the week our Sonsangnim, Park Hye Suk, informed our class that on the last day of our Korean lessons she would take us for a picnic in the mountains. Everyone seemed pumped so she told us to pack some snacks and we'd head out immediately after class was over on Thursday.
When I woke up Thursday morning the sky was a gloomy gray and it had definitely rained quite a bit. Nevertheless, I prepared a delicious feast of mini weanies, hardboiled eggs, carrots, apples and persimmon and headed to class in high spirits. Towards the end of class Hye Suk asked us again who was going and everyone wussed out! Justin and I were the only two that were still up for it so we hopped into the back of Hye Suk's car and headed towards Mudeungsan.
We headed to Soswaewon, a beautiful garden with trickling streams, bamboo stands, maple trees and traditional korean buildings and gazebos. The only kick in the pants was the shock of finding 20 coach buses in the parking lot that we had thought would be deserted.
Despite the crowds of our adoring fans we had a very relaxing time while we snacked and breathed in the fresh mountain air. After an hour or so we headed to Sigyeongjeong where we explored the grounds of a nobleman's estate and took in the scenery of the countryside one more time before heading back to the city. I ended up being just a teeny bit late for work but our little trip with Hye Suk was more than worth the severe beatings I got with a bamboo pole. Just kidding. It was made of oak ;)