MudFest 2010

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Flag of Korea Rep.  , Chungcheongnam-do,
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

December of last year, Bryan and I exchanged Christmas gifts a little early. One of his gifts to me was Lonely Planets, "1000 Ultimate Experiences" travel book to start planning our adventure. Looking in the index, South Korea is only mentioned once in the lofty list. But...right there in the "World's Strangest Festivals" section we found the Boryeong MudFest. We were SOLD! Upon arrival in Korea, it was at the top of our list to figure when, where, and how to get there. Luckily, a couple others of the usual crew, Leah and Courtney, bit immediately too! So last Friday night, after months of talking and fantasizing and anticipation, we boarded a bus bound for Boryeong City, Daecheon Beach, along with thousands of other Waegukins(foreigners) to....MudFest 2010!

We had bags full of cheap clothes ready to be ruined, 2 disposable cameras, and a few beverages for the ride. The bus ride was an experience in itself. Immediately there was a good vibe throughout the bus of cool people all excited to have a good time! Not too long into the bus ride, we discovered that what Courtney was using as a handle was actually the cord for the microphone that stretched all the way to the back of the bus for Karaoke. Before we knew it, a girl had jumped up grabbed the mic and the entire bus was half-way through Sir Mix a Lot's "Baby Got Back." Quickly followed by, "American Pie," "Tiny Dancer," "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," and "Build Me Up Buttercup." The entire bus, except the back row of buzzkills, was really into it, passing the mic from one person to the next while everyone else sang along to whichever random tune they busted out with. About 3 hrs of karaoke, and 4 Potty stops later, we arrived in Boryeong city at 1:30 AM. We made our way to the hotel, got our keys to what was supposed to be a four person room, and headed on up. You can imagine our surprise when we walked in to find one double bed, supposed to accomodate 3 girls and a guy! We quickly discovered yelling at the guys at the front desk was no help and we were all just going to have to get realll close this weekend! So we grabbed another round and some snacks and headed out to check out the beach for the next days festivities.

The next day we all geared up in our $6 outfits and headed out to get muddy! It took us a little while to figure out where the main section of the festival was, but when we started noticing more people with only the whites of their eyes and teeth showing, we knew we were heading in the right direction! The first thing we came across was a mud-slinging fight. We knew that we would have huge targets on our foreheads if we walked into that given how squeaky clean we looked. So..we decided to save our ears and eyes from being pelted with mud first, and setout to find the fastest place to get muddy.....Mud Prison. We stood in line for about 15 mins to walk into a barred area, where a guy stood with a water hose spewing people with mud from head to toe! Perfect solution to our cleanliness! Now that we had solved that probelm, we had our sights set on slipping down the huge, inflattable, Mud Slide! Little did we know that line would be our spot for the next hour and a half!! Apparently everyone else at mudfest wanted to to do the mudslide too. I cant exactly say it was worth an hour and half but it was pretty fun! We spent the rest of the afternoon bouncing back and forth from the mud festivities to the beach/ocean and back. As soon as the mud started to dry, we would clean off and get muddy again. This continued on until the tide literally chased us off the beach and we were forced to head back and shower.

That night we enjoyed a good dinner with some new friends, and then checked out some of the night life along the boardwalk of Daechon Beach. Before we knew it, it was time to be packed up and get back on the bus. We all agreed we needed more time in the mud. One day is simply not enough! Im not sure why our schools didnt give us an extra day off!! But, MudFest was everything we had looked forward to and we had an amazing time!! I wish it happened twice in a year so we could do it all over again!!
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It looks like you could have gotten a little more mud. I bet if I had been there I could have rubbed a little mud in your face and hair.
Looks like a lot of fun.
We enjoyed our trip to see the new BABY. She is beatiful and looks just like her Papa. Little man ans I had a great time also.
Papa and Nana miss you and love you bunches-bunches.
Tell Brian hello for us.


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