Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Sports Day Shenanigans

Little Esther and Hera

                                                              Tug of war

Posing for  yet another picture

Molly and Eric

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sun and Sand

Another sun-filled, sand covered weekend on the beautiful beaches of Pohang.

After a Friday night out on the town, Saturday was spent on Bukbu Beach surrounded by grilled goodness, multiple volleyball games and beers aplenty.  I never thought i'd be the beach type of gal but living so close has got me seriously reconsidering.  Imagine if you will, about 20 foreigners of all shapes and sizes playing a (somewhat) competitive game of volleyball complete with all of the usual comments about people being less than stellar athletes (in a much more colorful way of course) and the usual ribbing that comes with playing games.

Part of our beach volleyball, day in the sun crew

As usual, our game drew quite the crowd and by the end of it we had amassed a large cheering section.  While our enthusiastic cheerleaders didn't QUITE understand the rules of the game, they were more than happy to take our picture (repeatedly), cheer at the right places and be our referee when a call was questioned.  Our beach-side afternoon ended  with everyone exhaustedly going their separate ways to go home for naps and more importantly, a shower.  I swear I can still feel sand in my ears and it's been a solid day and two showers since leaving.

The rest of my weekend was a change from the usual hustle and bustle that happens during the summer.  Dan and I went to see Green Lantern (pretty good movie actually) and just stayed in for the night.  Call me old fashioned but sometimes I like the relaxing, easy-going nights more than getting dressed up for a night on the town.

Posing for a quick picture with Dan

The next few weeks are going to be pretty darn busy.  People coming.  People going.  Weekend motorcycle rides.  Mini vacation getaways with the boy.  The upcoming Mudfest trip.  4th of July celebrated  teacher/TILT/military style. And of course, getting in as much beach time as humanly possible.  Get ready for a hectic (in a great way) summer, loyal readers.  I can't wait to take you along with me on the last leg of my Korean journey!

Monday, June 6, 2011

TILT Cruisers and OK Mountain

Korea during the summer is one of my favorite places to be.  There is the choice of mountains or beach, both only a short drive away.  Tank tops.  Bathing suits.  Flip flops.  Digging toes into the sand.  Grilling outdoors.  Breathing in that fresh air.  There is really nothing like it.

As you can tell, with the beautiful weather also comes sporadic at best blog posts.  With beautiful scenery only a short ways away I just can't justify staying indoors and missing out on that sun that has been so fickle the past few months.

The "Cruisers" for the weekend

This past weekend I was lucky enough to head to beautiful OK Mountain with my motorcycle crew, the "TILT Cruisers."  We took a ride that was about 2 hours away and were able to see one of the most beautiful mountains I have ever seen.  Bright green leaves, huge trees and intermittent waterfalls made it the most scenic bike trip yet.

This picture doesn't remotely do it justice

We found a campsite and were able to swim, bike along some great roads and just relax away from the screaming of tiny children and smells coming from the Posco steel factory.  Our particular campsite was also ideally situated around a freshwater stream.  After a long morning of biking it was fantastic to be able to jump into the  clear water and clean up before getting into the swing of things that night.  We spent the rest of our trip just enjoying the company of eachother, eating some great food and talking until the wee hours of the morning.

Our freshwater pool

One of the many waterfalls seen during our trip

As you can tell, we were in paradise.  What more can a girl ask for?  Good friends, good food, beautiful scenery, motorcycle riding, swimming, etc.  It's safe to say now that summer has finally shown up I am having a great time and "living the life."