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Korean country life

Early last week, we left Seoul and drove down south towards the countryside. We arrived at a small mountain village, where we spent time with my mom’s side of the family. Together, we went hiking up to see waterfalls, and found old temples that smelled like wood and incense. The next day, we drove to a family friend’s organic botanical garden near the coast. Every meal in Korea has been a big feast with lots of new flavors and plenty of cold barley tea.

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“may every day be a good day”

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“I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”

-“The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver

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this is a special dish indigenous to Pohang, similar to nengmyun (except with sashimi instead of noodles!)

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typical village snack: a bowl of rice wine and homemade acorn jelly salad

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spicy steamed chicken

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hot stonebowl rice with fish roe

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x22 We drove through foggy mountains and returned to Seoul.

15 Comments

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    Thuraya Lynn
    August 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I’ve recently found your web diary, it’s lovely!
    Every photo and story is savory and tasteful.

    And truly, may you have a good day.

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      Sewon
      August 10, 2011 at 12:08 am

      Thank you. I’m clicking around your website and loving your illustrations!

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    Galine
    August 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    !!! I love the picture of the caterpillar!
    & mmm, korean food & all things korea, what a beautiful country 🙂

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      Sewon
      August 10, 2011 at 12:13 am

      I didn’t see the caterpillar until my mom told me to look again! :]

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        Galine
        August 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm

        that’s amazing!! what a nice surprise to see it after the fact, it’s such a perfect photo!

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    Lindsey
    August 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I want to visit so bad! I have another blogger friend who studied abroad there and it just seems like such a great place.

    • Reply
      Sewon
      August 10, 2011 at 12:14 am

      It’s been so much fun here. You should visit if you ever get the chance!

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    Katie
    August 10, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Such gorgeous pictures! I love peeks into other countries!

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      Sewon
      August 10, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      Thanks!

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    vicky
    August 10, 2011 at 7:26 am

    life in korea seems to peaceful and balanced. i would really like some spicy steamed chicken right now.

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      Sewon
      August 10, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      That spicy steamed chicken was really spicy but super meaty. I think you would have liked it a lot!

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    NM
    August 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Beautiful photos, I really love visiting Korea, it’s such a colourful country.
    Your pictures of food are making me huuuuungry!!

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      Sewon
      August 10, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      I find certain foods hard to photograph, especially savory stews when I’m hungry. 😛

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    Melissa
    August 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    So delicious~ definitely a place on my travel-to list!

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    Maria
    August 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    these photos are so so beautiful!

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