Yeosu: Sunrise to Sunset

Alleyway near fish market

Buddha’s Birthday served as a much needed 3 day mini vacation and just enough time for a 7 hour journey south to Yeosu, the coastal city of the 2012 World Expo.  We covered a lot of grounds in day one from our 4 am taxi adventure to catch the cloud induced “sunrise” at a Buddhist temple, to walking along one of Korea’s 100 scenic roads which led to a rocky, picturesque, yet artificial feeling island eqipped with a lighthouse, dragon cave and musical fountain, to the stinky fish market where we picked out a mystery fish to be slaughtered in front of us, then consumed raw with the help of dear friends wasabi and soy sauce.

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You live where? This is the response I repeatedly get after telling people I live in Sincheorwon, South Korea.  About 18 months ago, I still remember plugging the word, Cheorwon, into google map search one day before coming here.  I found it alarmingly close to the border and I was not thrilled on my teaching placement location.  I had landed an apartment about a kilometer from a military base, in front of an army testing zone and just miles away from the DMZ, the most heavily fortified border in the world.  It was all new, very new. The booming bombs sounding every hour.  The traffic jams on the way to school caused by not cars, but instead army tanks. More

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