Spicy Red Skate Sauce on Rice

Spicy Red Skate Sauce on Rice

This is the lovely dish we were hand fed and bought at the farmers market. YUM!

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Gochang Farmers Market

Wyll and I arrived early for work knowing that the farmers market is bigger on days ending in 3 and 8. Every 5 days  the local farmers drive to the big city and shlock their goods from the backs of trucks. Mostly we saw bedding, shoes, dried fish, live eels, persimmons, we bought cuties, lettuce, miso paste- which I am really excited about and will probably purchase next time. One of the venders hand fed us different kinds of kimchi…? It was not very spicy, but the flavor was insane. It was very red, not fermented and soooo Good. She had a seaweed kind that we guess is vegetarian. She also had one that was mostly crab.Wyll tried it- it looked delicious. We ended up buying one that was made with abalone, I think. Funny thing is that they don’t use scales. There are two bowl sizes small and giant. I am hoping that Sunday we will be able to go with other foreigners as well as bring a camera.

Moyang Fortress Festival

Friday was the first day of the festival. It opened with a parade and even though we were working all the staff marched up the stairs and onto the roof to watch. There were three basic groups; marching bands in traditional attire, martial arts in white, blue or maroon and townsfolk in white traditional clothing. The last group looked like doctors. It was very funny. The traditional musician outfit is topped with what looks like a clown wig.

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At the festival there was some kind of special ceremony performance going on. The women were wearing Hanoks which is traditional ceremony dress. They are currently worn only a few times a year for special family occasions- like for a check in with grandparents.

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I also captured some good video of the martial arts performance. I think I have to post those separate.

Gochang+

Today is the first day I have been able to use my computer. Luckily the school uses HP so they have my laptop cord! Wyll and I have been whisked around from place to place for the last few days. Sunday being the exception, a much needed day of rest! Korea is so beautiful. Gochang is wild- everywhere you look someone has planted a row of squash, soy bean, rice, chilies, lettuce, diakon… We are still looking for the farmers market but the farm is EVERYWHERE! Yesterday was perhaps the most exciting. Grace met us at our apartment. She was slightly late and wearing a red coat which flowed out as she hurried into the building. Together we went to the school and met up with Sam.

Sam took us on a journey! He drove us out to a bigger city for our physical exams. They took blood, we peed into dixie cups and separated it into vials, I tried not to spill it on everyone who knocked into me. Then we went to another room for something else I laid down and had jumper cables attached to my ankles and wrists then little suction things were clasped to my chest. I think we were there for maybe an hour all the exams were very short. They made Wyll run around the hospital because his heart rate was too low! It was very funny.

On the drive back Sam stopped to let see a view of the whole city from a hill top. It was awesome. He drove us around Gochang showing us the sights. After we came back to the school Wyll and I went to dinner. Wyll ordered smoked chicken. It was AWESOME! I think I will make sandwiches with the leftovers.

Food. We are yet to eat at a traditional Korean Restaurant. We thought we did, sadly Grace informed us that it was Japanese style. We ordered off a menu without pictures- I was very nervous. Today on a walk about we found a few traditional style but I had already made food plans for the next three days. Our apartment came with milk, cereal, bread, jam, and eggs. We thought we would buy peanut butter ($7.40 USD), apples ($4 USD each). Thankfully Persimmons grow wild here and we met a very nice lady who gave us some she had harvested.

It is fun! More to come!