Last day in Donghae

Trip Start May 09, 2007
Trip End Jun 15, 2007

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Sunday dawned sunny and warm.  We arrived at breakfast to find eggs and toast again.  The men were looking forward to a visit to a sauna and a cave while the women had accepted an invitation to attend a Korean church.  When another woman Rotarian showed up to escort us for the day the sauna visit was cancelled and instead they went off to the cave and a Buddhist temple.  Meanwhile the women attended a Methodist service at the Donghae Methodist Church with President Park.  We were introduced to Mrs. Park and the pastor before the service and could barely get in the door what with all the bowing from everyone we met. 

The music and choir were wonderful and Susan helped us follow along with the help of a Korean/English bible.  We didn't understand much of what the minister said  but it was a great way to spend Sunday morning.  I used the time trying to read the Korean words on the banners and overhead projecter. 

After church we met the men and took off for the five day market.  This market was spread over three or more streets and included every kind of fresh food, herb, street food and various and asundry other things like farm implements, shoes and sunglasses.  We ate a pancake which tasted like fried dough with brown sugar in the middle.  Paul said Rotary should sell them instead of funnel cakes!

We ate lunch at a stall where they were making buckwheat noodles.  We had two kinds of soup and buckwheat pancakes similar to the day before. 

After this we traveled to Chuom Beach famous for a TV drama filmed there.  It is a beautiful stark beach with huge rocks jutting out of the crystal clear blue water.  Yun Jeong told us it is a favooriite place to come and see the sun rise.  People come wrapped in blankets to wait for the sunrise.  We climbed a steep hill to a lookout and reveled at  the site.  When we descended the hill, we stopped for coffee and watched the tourists play in the waves. 

From here we drove to a beach opposite us and rolled the Dragon Ball.  It is a huge granite ball that appears to be stationary but turns easily.  We stood around it and turned it and supposedly when it stops the person closest to the maiden on the dragon's back gets their wish. 

We arrived back at the hotel with about three hours to relax before we met the six Presidents and their directors for a repeat performance of our presentation.  They had arranged for a projector at the hotel.  I  took the time to borrow Paul's computer and do the first of the blogs. 

We arrived in the lobby at 6:30 and discovered that we were going to the 10th floor.  There we found  a lavish buffet laid out Western style.  We used forks for the first time in nearly a week! 

We gave our presentation and then attacked the buffet which consisted of salads, sushi, bulgogi, rice, fried fish, fresh fruit and punch.  Beer was poured and I was asked to give the toast.  As this was our last meal with the Donghae clubs, I thanked them for their hospitality and assured them that we had had a wonderful time.  They proceeded  to ask questions about my Rotary offices, foundation giving and that of the district.  By this time I could tell that many of the Presidents and others had probably given US$1,000 to the Foundation just last year in order to receive one of RI President Bill Boyd's ties that they wore proudly to every function. They also quizzed the other team members about personal items like when    they met their spouse.  When Paul told them he was too busy to find a wife, they teased him that he had 30 days in Korea to find a rich wife. 

They took their leave around 9:30, promising to see us again at a pig roast on the 16th.  We sadly said goodbye to Yun Jeong, who will not be with us again until the District Conference on the 26th.  The men took off for their long-awaited sauna and I returned to the computer to bring you all up to date. 

Tomorrow we have breakfast at 8:30 and are off to the Samcheok Rotary clubs and our first homestays. 
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beth124 on

Happy Mother's Day
I am so enjoying the blog, descriptive and entertaining. You must be exhausted though. By the time you leave there won't be much unseen. I hope everyone is entranced by the experience. Don't you just love the bulgogi?? Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

artandaudrey on

Thanks for the Updates
I am really enjoying your updates and am glad that you are having such an enjoyable time. Audrey & I spent last evening with the Team from District 3090. They are also a very good Team. Keep having fun.


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