Well, the weather is officially getting cold (I heard it snowed in Missouri!), so I have been trying to take advantage of outdoor activities while the weather is still somewhat bearable. A couple weeks ago some friends and I traveled four hours to the very south of Korea to a city called Jinju, as well as Namhae Island. We decided to ride Korea's high-speed rail there, the KTX, since none of us had used it before. I wasn't too impressed with it though as it didn't really feel any faster than the regular train.
My friends and I in the lantern tunnel
(from left to right: Me, Mimi, JaeHee (my coteacher), Cara, Jessica; back row: Francine and Casey)
I found ET!
The next day my friends and I took a bus to Namhae Island which was about an hour away. Namhae is famous for its German village and annual Oktoberfest. You might be wondering why there is a German village on some random Korean island? Well, in the 1960s, many Koreans went to Germany to find work. Eventually, many of the workers returned to Korea along with their German spouses. Because of this, the Korean government set aside a part of Namhae Island for these people to build a German-style community, complete with German-inspired architecture made from authentic materials shipped from Germany. Since we went during Oktoberfest, we got to enjoy lots of beer, sausage and music, as well as see many people dressed in stereotypical German-style clothes.
JaeHee and I at the Oktoberfest entrance