TEACHER FIELD TRIP!

Winter and sunshine at Beopjusa Temple near Boeun, South Korea.

A traditional Korean meal with many side dishes.Today was a teacher field trip, and it was so wonderful to see nearly 60 of my colleagues after a long break apart. School goes back in session tomorrow. What better day to have an outing than right before the craziness begins?

All I was told before the trip was that I’d be going to a mountain. And what time to meet. I feel like I’m told I’ll be going to a mountain often in Korea. At least this time we'd actually go to a mountain.

A bowl of dongdongju (Korean rice wine) in South Korea.
Enjoying dongdongju on our staff field trip.
The chilly adventure included a short hike to beautiful Beopjusa Temple, with one of the biggest Buddha statues in Korea/the world, and a trek to eat mushroom stew and drink dongdongju (Korean rice wine). 

We also stopped at a Hanok Village (traditional Korean village) for a quick tour. I was lucky enough to be targeted by the seemingly drunk guide/housekeeper. Then we ate again. No more than two hours after gorging on mushroom stew, not to mention all the snacks we had on the bus.

At 6PM I arrived home completely stuffed, a little tipsy, really tired, and so grateful for the chance to be part of a teacher field trip day in Korea. It was a very full and wonderful cultural experience.

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  1. Hmmm ... what kind of mushrooms did that housekeeper serve you?
    Sound wonderful. Just began studying Buddhism in World Religions with Stross today. Fun!

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    1. I'd like to know what Stross thinks of religions around the world, or just religion in general. :)

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