Monday, July 16, 2007

Boryeong Mud Festival

Boryeong boasts 9.9 million square meters of the brown stuff, and it’s not just any old muck. Far from it. In fact, Boryeong is the only area to receive a certified credit from The Korea Institute of Geology, Mining and Materials for the quality of the mud on its tidelands. The blackish mud is rich in minerals such as germanium and bentonite (highly effective in preventing wrinkles), and apparently radiates long infrared rays (which in case you wondered is a good thing). The Boryeong Mud Festival was started six years ago to make the most of this precious resource, and now attracts over a million visitors. Attractions include mud slides, mechanical rodeo rides in the middle of mud baths, a mud body-painting contest, a mud sculpture contest, traditional Korean wrestling in mud and an enormous communal mud tub. There are also games and mock battles on the mud flats.

Thomas, Catherine, Josh, Jamie and I went to the Mud Festival this weekend with Adventure Korea. The weather was beautiful and we were able to get some sun and lounge on the beach.

It was a package trip where the cost included our round trip bus ride and hotel. We knew going into it that our room wouldn't have beds. Ok, five of us on the floor with some blankets and pillows. Two of which were filled with drinking straws cut into one inch pieces. Weird. Something about being a cheap alternative to a contour pillow. Not too soft I have to say. So, we go in our hotel room and look over and lo and behold the five of us are sharing a room with another group. The two rooms had NO WALL in between!

Needless to say it wasn't a match made in heaven. Saturday night we enjoyed an amazing fireworks show and retired at around 12:30am. Our "roommates" didn't make it in until 4:30am. Completely wasted and laughing hysterically for about an hour. We were not happy campers.

On Sunday we lounged on the beach all day. I finished my book, Blink, which was awesome by the way, I recommend it to anyone! I have a nice little bit of a tan and Thomas got a tad red on his back. Tomorrow is a holiday and we're going to a Peace Cup soccer game! Thomas is super excited. Then Saturday we're off to Thailand for our vacation! Please pray for safe travels. We're meeting up with Josh Skaggs who's on a whirlwind world tour. He'll be coming back to Seoul with us and will stay for a week or so. It'll be fun having a friend from home! Yay!

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