Kimchi Festival

Hey there!

Today I want to honour the name of this blog and write about Kimchi Adventures, a Kimchi Festival to be specific. And for those of you who don’t actually know what Kimchi is, today you will see 🙂

Last Friday, I went on an excursion with my Korean language class to a nearby Kimchi Festival. And because Koreans love traditional stuff, our language teacher asked me and my two German friends to put on traditional German clothes (Dirndl) so the newspaper could take photos of some “real” Germans making Kichi. “Sure”, we said “but we don’t actually own any.” Our teacher assured us that is no problem, because Pai Chai Uni has some. I don’t know why, because my German Uni certainly doesn’t, but anyways. We got the Dirndl and put them on for the special Kimchi day.

Before getting on the bus we took some photos of our class (not the best photo, but the best I got:). So this is my Korean class consisting of 2 Korean teachers (the two Korean-looking ladies on the left side), 1 Japanese (far right), us three German girls and a whole bunch of Chinese.

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And these are the three proper German girls in their “Dirndl”

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Having arrived at the festival our Kimchi classes began straight away. So this is the set up:

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Olga and me ready to go:

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Looking at the two ingredients, our job was basically to smear the red spicy (pre-prepard) past on the cabbage.

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Aaaaand done! Yup, that is Kimchi!Image

After that there was a “photoshoot” with all the international students who dared to put on their traditional clothes. There were Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, Russian etc etc…all with their handmade Kimchi.Image

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For lunch we had Bibimbap, one of the most famous Korean foods (after Kimchi of course). When not knowing what to order in a Korean restaurant, because everything might be too spicy, you can never go wrong with Bibimbap, because it is basically just rice and vegetables. This is what it looks like:

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Btw, for a proper Korean meal you sit on the floor.

On the festival there were all kinds of other, typically Korean things,

like Ramyun (spicy noodle soup)…

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…a Korean baker making noodles for Ramyun…

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… Korean wickerwork…

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…Korean drummers…

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…beautiful flowers…

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…and Karaoke.

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This is Nadine and me trying to pose Korean style (heart) in front of the flowers attracting lots of photographers like that Korean guy who insisted on holding our hands on the photo:

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Okidoki, enough photos for today.

I am actually quite busy (suprise, suprise) because I have midterm exams coming up in two days! Up to a week ago I didn’t even know that existed, but yeah, these exams are just as important as the final exams. So this week I have Korean language exams on Wednesday, Thurday and Friday, each 2 h. So I should really ‘kongbuhäyo’ (study)!

Take care my dearest and don’t forget about me 🙂

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East Coast Trip

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As announced in my last post, today I will tell you about my trip along the East Coast of South Korea. We were 5 people renting a car for this trip. We started off on Friday leaving Daejeon after some grocery shopping to head towards Samcheok, where our first sleeping accomodation was waiting for us.

We arrived at night and due to the “sleeping accomodation” being a bit more out in the wild and traditional than we thought, there was not much we could do there once we had arrived. With “traditional” I mean a wooden cabin that includes one room and a bathroom and everyone sleeps together in that room on the floor, which is heated. You get two blankets, one to sleep on and one to cover up with. It was a very Korean experience but my back was not too happy about it on the next day.

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On Saturday the first activity was to visit some caves near Samcheok. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take pictures, but the caves were fantastic! We went down with a monorail ride and had a tour through the caves including highlights like an underground lake and waterfall. This is just outside of the cave entrance:

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After the caves + lunch we drove towards Gangneung, the next planned stay. On the way to Gangneung (pronounced “Kangnäng”) we visited a so-called Unification park, which showed a North Korean submarine, that send spies to Southkorea in 1996 and a Korean warship. All along the East Coast you can see military bases and barbed wire fances. For the first time I could actually feel/see the tension between North and South Korea. Here some pictures:

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This is the warship + me on the warship:

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This picture shows the North Korean submarine:

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On Sunday, after sleeping in a really nice hotel in Gangneung, we spent a very nice day at the Gangneung lake and beach. We rented a big bike for four people and biked around the lake, so much fun!

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Gangneung is known for its good coffee (every city had to be known for something here, we saw a mushroom city and a fish city and and…) so we the bright day with a good coffee at the beach as well. Image

(I post this photo so you can see some Koreans 😛 And yes, Korean kids are so so cute!)

In the evening we had two more Korean friends join us and we all had some fish and seafood on the Gangneung fish market. It was interesting, but maybe some of the seafood is not my cup of tea…

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The following day was a hiking day! We drove to Seoroksan National Park (near Sokcho) to go for a good hike. It was tiring, but we were rewarded with some good views. If anyone of you comes to Korea I can only recommend this National Park!

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We spent the night and the next day in Sokcho. Sokcho is a small fishing village and the only special thing about this town is the beach. So that’s where we spent the day. I swam in the Ocean and got a sunburn, on Oct 2nd!!! In the evening we drove towards Chuncheon, where we were going to spent our last day.

The accomodation for that night was, I don’t know how else to say it, terrible. First of all it was not in Chuncheon, but 30 kilometres outside of it. It was also tiny and not actually big enough for 5 people. We couldn’t control the floorheating, so that is was way too hot to sleep, and the bathroom had a very strange smell… Well, it was only one night. The last day was an activity day! We rented quads and drove around with them, so much fun! Afterwards we went on sth called a “Flying Fish” which is an inflated boat pulled by a motorboat; the speed makes it fly. I hope you understand, it is a bit difficult to explain..

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After all these exciting activities we headed back home to Daejeon on Wednesday. Good memories 🙂

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