Whew, I’m getting behind on blog posts! Stay tuned for more updates- my thoughts on life so far here- what’s teaching really like? How am I handling the culture shock? Views from the top of gorgeous Bukhansan mountain and- wait for it- some of the delicious meals I have been creating! (It’s quite fun letting my mind run wild with local, seasonal ingredients and uniquely Korean ways of bringing them together).
One Sunday evening, too sore from the previous day’s hike to want to tackle any major sightseeing, I decided to tour nearby Jeongja, where I did my training and orientation session when first arriving in Korea.
I will note that my camera does funny things with nighttime lighting- sometimes the effect is quite cool, and often it’s rather irritating! I’m hoping to upgrade the camera, eventually…
The following photos are from the next weekend- I headed to Songdam station to meet up with Tessa, a South African woman who lives and teaches relatively close to me. She outright kicked my butt at squash and then we wandered around the nearby markets. Also, I finally, FINALLY had proper bingsu!
Bingsu is a Korean dessert made from very finely shaved ice, condensed sweetened milk, and a variety of toppings- red bean paste, coconut, fresh berries, mango, and oddly, cornflakes, make frequent appearances. Ours had a delightful assortment of frozen berries- cranberries, rasberries, blueberries, and a sort of blueberry sauce on top. Absolutely delicious, and best enjoyed with a bingsu buddy!