After three days of intense lectures and Korean language learning, I was finally able to leave campus for the day and go on a trip to a Korean Folk Village. It was a nice break from campus life and it gave an extremely interesting snapshot of traditional Korean culture. One of the most interesting parts of this whole experience is the people that you meet along the way. As I was relaxing and finding some shade from the intolerable heat I was able to chat with some fellow teachers. As we went around introducing ourselves, we all said where we were from and I was caught by surprise when someone announced they were from Connecticut. The conversation went something like this:
Guy: I’m from Connecticut.
Me: I’m from Connecticut!!!!
Guy: Where are you from?
Guy: No way, I’m from Meriden!
In a nutshell, I met a guy the same age as me, from my hometown, 8,000 miles away who is doing the same thing I am doing. Such a small world!
To get back on track, at the Korean traditional village I took a tour of traditional houses that are brought to this location and rebuilt as authentically as possible. I was able to see some traditional music and dance, which was incredible. As I tried to tap into my creativity in hopes that I inherited something of an artistic ability from my mom, I carved pictures into a traditional clay pot. I also saw some Korean equestrian stunts and a traditional Korean wedding where the bride never shows her face. It was a long day in the stifling humidity, but we all pushed through it and enjoyed the entertainment and scenery.
Unfortunately my computer is not allowing me to upload pictures from my camera, but as soon as I figure it out I will post some pictures!