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Fall in Korea

These photos were taken with a crappy digital camera in 2004 when we had an especially cool fall, which made the trees turn deeper colors. The photos are from Jung-li, Masan City, South Korea. We arrived here October 31 2001 and stayed until May 2005. We so enjoyed our time teaching in Masan.

Koreans love these fall grasses

Koreans love these fall grasses

Korean feather reed grass

Korean feather reed grass

red maples outside our apartment

red maples outside our apartment

the river in fall

the river in fall

I walked along this river everyday. It was so peaceful. Jung-li is a suburb of Masan and is a very small community land wise. I could easily walk the whole town in a couple hours.

Wild flowers planted along the river

Wild flowers planted along the river

Communal gardens along the river

Communal gardens along the river

view from our apartment

view from our apartment

Walking in Korea – Part 1

 

Koreans love to walk 산책 and hike 등산.  My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed the hiking and walking trails and paths in Korea. The trail outside our apartment is called the Happy Road. Isn’t that a great name!

Suyong bike path (13)

Some places we’ve hiked and walked:

Masan – Jung-li

Jung-li is a small suburb of Masan. Masan is about an hour away from Busan where we live now. Busan is the second largest city in Korea. These pictures were taken in 2002 and 2003.

 

 

 

More to come!!

Travel Theme : Unexpected – The Co-Ed Turkish Bath

I have to reblog this hysterical description of Sue’s experience at the Turkish baths. A follow up to the Korean baths. I think the Turkish baths have to win out for ‘authentic value’!

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Running ten minutes late we burst through the door of the hamam (Turkish bathhouse).

All that we three girlfriends knew about the Turkish baths was that there would be steam, possibly some scrubbing and massage…basically we were ‘newbies’ and not well researched. Our cycling guide had booked the appointment for us saying we would love it and this was an authentic experience.

The large Turkish gentleman ushered the three of us to a small change room. There he grunted and pointed to the cloths on the table and we gathered it was time to change. The image below gives you an idea of the material we had to work with.

Turkish Bath Towel

The cloths it turned out were rectangular and about 6 feet long and 2 1/2 feet wide. The three of us looked at each other hoping someone had the answer to how to cover the necessary…

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At the Polar Bear Plunge with a Dry Polar Bear

Crazy Canadians. Polar bear swim in Calgary last year. Next year, Sue at Travel Tales of Life will take a dip for this worthy cause. The group that organizes this event is Servants Anonymous Foundation; an organization fighting human trafficking and exploitation. Great job Dave and Sue for your volunteerism!

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IMG_3212The polar bear refused to jump in.

Elvis, Superwoman, Captain Canada and Tuxedo Man all leapt into the frigid water to raise money for Servants Anonymous Foundation; an organization fighting human trafficking and exploitation.  The bear could not be convinced no matter how great the cause.

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In Canada polar dips or plunges have become common on New Years day. Perhaps a growing health care trend in checking heart function for the upcoming year…. if you don’t have a cardiac arrest on the spot you are clear for the next 365 days.

Such polar dips here often are associated with a charitable cause. Hubby and I were there volunteering for this one; I signing up the dipsters, he pulling them out of the freezing pond.

See below my traditional Canadian winter uniform. Besides wearing my sleeping bag everywhere I go I am sporting heated boots with rechargeable batteries. My family…

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