Monday, July 13, 2009
Boryeong Mud Festival
Hello everyone! This weekend was Mud Festival, the largest festival for foreigners in Korea. I would say the festival population was almost half Koreans and half foreigners. All that English being spoken, crazy! The idea of Mud Fest is that the Mud at Boryeong Beach is great for your skin, so why not paint it all over your body? There was mud pools, mud slides and mud pots where you painted yourself (these where strangely called self massage zones...).
My group arrived around noon and made it down to the beach to get dirty at one. It was a blast, get dirty and then wash off in the Ocean. Repeat. I even went to a color mud station were I painted myself with yellow, blue, red and green mud. This lasted until around six when it started to pour. A non-stop downpour that lasted till the end of the next day. I went back to the hostel, ate the school bbq (only potato salad I have ever liked!) and got ready to go out in the rain for fireworks and a stage show.
I ended up missing the shows because a 30 minute walk was doubled by the rain. My friend Kelly and I then tried to meet up with friends a a house party...for three hours. We went home at one, managing to not attend a single party at the largest party weekend of the year. I was pretty upset.
The next morning I was planning on swimming before the bus left but it was a thunder storm and no one was allowed in the water. My friends an I played 4 hours of cards to pass the time. It was a wash out all around. I am pretty disappointed about my once in a lifetime chance being rained out. The beginning was prefect however and I'm glad I went. This week is my first Hapkido belt test so I have been training extra hard. I'll post again soon and hopefully I'll have my yellow on Friday!