Twice a year here at our school our bosses take us on a company paid for workshop trip! It’s pretty cool because it happens during the week, all expenses are paid for and we still get paid as if we were actually working! This time around it was decided that we would go the Jinju Lantern Festival. Look out for the next blog post, it will go over Part 1 of the Jinju Lantern Festival, this blog is going to cover what we did first!
So our day started much earlier than usual (typically we start work at 12:30 pm) at 10:30 where 12 of us fit into 2 large and comfortable vans and were loaded up with a sack lunch! I thought it was funny when we first arrived in Korea that our boss Richard told Josh and I that “in US you are adults but in Korea you are infants,” but really they do kind of treat us that way, and there are no complaints here from me. The sack lunch included: an apple, 3 tangerines, a delicious granola bar, pastry snack from a popular Korean bakery Paris Baguette (yeah its a Korean bakery), a bottle of water, a banana and a box of crackers.
As if this wasn’t enough we stopped by a Korean rest stop (off of the highway) for lunch. I almost don’t even want to call the Korean rest stops a rest stop because they have almost nothing in common with American rest stops (at least the ones I have been to in the States and since Josh and I love a good road trip we have been to many). To begin with Korean rest stops for the most part are pretty clean! On top of this there is usually a large cafeteria area where you can order food (bibimbap, curry, ramen, uduong, etc.), small bakery sections where you can get coffee and breads, a convenience store area, stalls that sell more fast food type eats and stall selling random hiking and knick knacks. I have even seen larger rest stops that have hiking stores. For lunch at the rest stop I ordered bibimbap (Korean mixed rice dish, its really good) and Josh ordered some coffee.
It’s pretty funny because we stopped at rest stops twice (1 for bathroom purposes, 1 for lunch) on our way to the boat trip and our destination was maybe 2 hours away but oh well, better more stops than none.
Our first destination was some river area where we were taken on a private boat tour. The boat we rode on was decorated and brightly painted and lasted about an hour. We saw some small islands and a large Japanese ship oh and a body being pulled out of the river. Apparently not too long before our boat trip some poor soul jumped off of the local bridge.
But apart from this tragedy the boat ride was nice and relaxed. Other boats in the small harbor included a Korean turtle ship (Korean warship) and a Buddhist temple boat that was shaped like a dragon (when we first arrived I really hoped that was the boat we would be riding on).
I wish I could tell you the name of the city where we took the boat ride but all attempts have been a fail…if do manage to get it I’ll update the post!