A visit to Suncheon
Trip Start Feb 03, 2006
38Trip End Jul 01, 2008
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Suncheon is a small city (if 250,000 people is what passes for small in this country) to the South-West of us and it is where a good friend of mine from university, Ashley, has been teaching since October. It is always good times with Ash, as she is a wicked cook, a capable drinker and an excellent conversationalist. We left on Saturday morning and arrived ready to be tourists!!
Finally down to the core of what makes Korea... well Korea, and so unique! After a brief hello, it was off to pick up Kim. Another English Teacher Kim hails from the USA, just outside of Chicago, IL. Next to the bus stop to meet Ashley's Korean friend Lisa and her brother Young Ju who were to be our guides to the folk village just outside the city
What a kick ass place! This village is still fully operational and people sell vegatables and piecework along the street just like they do in big cities. Our first real heritage experience here, it was nice to see where their unique customs have come from. Everything from their food spread, to chickens in robes on the table at weddings! It is apparently for fruitfulness and good luck throughout your marriage. I asked Matt but he said no.... *grrrrrr* (Matt: hey, if she wants to clean up after them and whatnot, by all means..:-P)
The whole village was surrounded by a beautiful stone wall and we walked around and got a good view of the whole thing. Spectacular, why don't we buid with stone so much anymore? It is so pretty!
After meeting several charming children and, of course, saying hello to every dog we saw, it was time to go home for some catching up.
Ok now when people wonder: "Why Julia, why buy a expensive cat and have him courriered all the way from New Zealand, why?" I have a simple answer: Adolph! This is the name we gave to the cat Ashley is pet-sitting for a friend of hers [Max, to his adoring(?) owner]. Why Adolph? Well first of all it is a tux cat, meaning it looks like it is wearing a black tuxedo with white shirt-front, and on its white little face has a black smudge in perfect Hilter form. Second, it is a Korean cat, meaning it was born on the street to a wild mother and was taken in when pittied by a human and is a horrible terror! Koreans are historically not cat people and prefer dogs, especially in their 'tea cup' form and the traditional Jundo Gae (ever so cute spitz type dog with curly tale, and of good size). Almost all cats here are wild and jerks and when you get them they tear you, your computer cords, your furniture, wall paper and other treasured objects to smitherines. I ask my students and non of them have cats, few know people who do so you get the idea.
This is why Vinny is a superstar and coming from far away. He is naturally sweet as pie and in love with belly rubs and sleeping on your lap.
All in all, a kick ass time was had with Ashley. Good bless tequila and Korean bbq, as well as Ashley's cooking!