Saturday we went for a nice hike in Ulsan Grand Park. It's a gorgeous park right next to us, we love going there but we haven't done any of the hiking there so we decided to. It was kinda like home, up in the hills with trees all around. Except when you came to a clearing you saw this slightly odd sight:
Even though you were in the middle of the hills surrounded by the wonderful nature, city life was just a skip and a hop away. Kinda an odd sight and feeling. Also, we were reminded that this was indeed Korea and not Canada by the graves sprinkled throughout the hills.Just small graves with a small stone marker in a clearing or on the hillside. Not something you normally see in Canada. Near the top we also happened onto another sight you don't normally see in the Canadian forests or hilltops. A gym. Of sorts.Spots for stretching, decline sit up benches, weight benches, skip ropes, massive hula hoops and a bunch of ajummas (means married woman but is mostly used for older women) doing their exercises. So Nolana decided to join them.Kinda crazy but we hear they're pretty common. Dar's.... gyms.... in 'dem hills.
On Sunday we went to church and then went out to lunch with the couple we had met the last time and some other people. It was so good to just hang out with friends, laugh and joke and enjoy other people's company. A Kiwi girl who's almost done her term of duty here, a super cool black dude (it's NOT offensive to call them black!) from South Carolina with the slow drawl and dreams of catfish and deep fried food, and another Canadian fresh off the boat. Good times.
After lunch we hit a board games room. I had heard of them but had never visited. You pay for your time there and can pick from a wide variety of games to play. So we played Settlers of Catan. Who knew we could feed our fix even in Korea!! It was just like old times and Nolana even won. Some things don't change. A neat idea minus the noisy hammers that most tables were using to "bonk" the loser of the game, especially when it is the funny thing to get the foreigners to bonk the loser. We bonked at least a half dozen kids.
Another good weekend... and the next one is our first Costco trip. Oh yeah, Costco is in Korea and it has all sorts of amazing things like cheese and hamburger and tortilla shells.... oh man, so good!