Well, I’m back, and I’ll be damned if that school trip wasn’t the best three consecutive days I’ve had in Korea! I am hereby eating all my words of foreboding from the previous post.
It was just about all fun, and when it wasn’t fun, it was at least educational. I learned a bit about Korean history, a lot about what lies outside my little nook down here in the south-east — and a hell of a lot about the workings of the Korean school system.
It’s going to take a while to get my thoughts and images organised — I came back with almost 600 pictures and have just begun culling — so bear with me while the tale unfolds over several posts and a week or two.
And charcoal fans — you’ll have to wait, I’m afraid. The museum was the last stop yesterday afternoon before heading back here to Gyeongsangnamdo — and it wasn’t quite what I was expecting…
I can say I was treated very well: never really lifted a finger for three days (other than being appointed school photographer — 10 classes of obstreperous young ‘uns, my first pro gig!), was transported, housed and fed in style, and got to see the kids and staff in a much less pressurised and insane context. I think we all saw each other’s better sides.
Yes, apparently I have one.
And among several highlights (including my first taste of Seoul!), the sweetest was yesterday: a real, fair-dinkum (check an Australian-English dictionary) hike. Naturally, I hadn’t been told, so I had to do it in jeans — well, we all did. It nearly killed the students, but I was in heaven. Absolutely the most stunning part of Korea I’ve seen.
Stay tuned. You deserve a happy post or two, starting tomorrow night, South Gyeongsang Province Time…
~ And that’s all the Goat wrote