Half Marathon

At the finish line!

We did it!!! On Sunday David and I completed a half marathon. We participated in the Yeongdeok marathon. There were a variety of running courses available. We signed up for our preferred run via the internet. We heard about it after participating in the Daegu marathon where they handed out flyers advertising it.

Workshop Trip to Andong

Twice a year the school owners take all of their staff on a workshop trip. This is an overnight sightseeing trip AND it is all expenses paid. This trip we went to Andong. Andong is in Gyeongsangbuk province with a population of 170.000. I have been wanting to visit Andong since my first year in Korea but I never got around to going, so it was really nice to finally visit. In 1999 Queen Elizabeth visited Andong on her 73rd birthday. This is another reason why I was interested in visiting. I went to a mini museum that had an exhibition and it was dedicated to her historic visit!

When our bosses take their staff on a workshop they ask us to write a report to show our appreciation and to share our impressions. Naturally we exaggerate our experience to ensure they understand how grateful we are for this culture trip.

Here is our report…..

Sincerely Yours, Korea

Destination: Cheongdo Bullfighting Festival

One experiences some unusual things while living in Korea. While bullfighting isn’t an unusual sport, it does bring to mind a centuries-old tradition that seems better left in the past. Five days a year, the festival brings forth that tradition, combining it with the modern touches Korean festivals all seem to have and a healthy government budget.

Destination: Manbulsa (Yeongcheon city, Gyeongsangbuk-do)

Author's note: A hat tip to Sherwin at for writing about this temple first.

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