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Jeju-si, newcomers, Yakcheonsa Temple, Black pig Galbi...

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We just had another fantastic weekend ! We were invited to eat some delicious spaghett and fresh clams ina white wine creamy sauce at our friend's place (Veronica) in jeju-si the capital of Jeju. Afterwards, we gorged ourselves on chocolate at the chocolate factory and then quaffed some delicious beers at the "Brewery" in jeju-si.

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On Sunday we gave a tour to a newcomer to the island from Pennsylvania (Carolyn) Breakfast at the Hyatt, Jeju's natural wonders and the Yakchunsa Temple which was the first time we went there and it's magnificent.

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It's about 50 metres high and its literally a colossal masterpiece of baroque gold buddha sculptures, dragons climbing colonnades, paintings each realting a story relating to a monk's life and gardens filled with tangerine and palm trees.

We crowned the weekend with a black pig galbi feast at "the Galbi place" just around the corner from where we live down at the port al washed down with some Korean honeydew cocktails ! Delicious ! "Galbi" is a cooking method. It refers to meat (be it pork, beef, chicken) that is marianted in soy sauce and pear juice and then grilled. "Honeydew" is a tri-ingredient cocktail of first lemonade, then soju (Korea's traditional liquor like vodka but half as strong) topped up with beer.

Next Saturday we've been invited to go to a surprise destination for a hike with my students and colleagues which we're both looking forward to. We hope that it'll be another insightful day for us like the last time I went out with my colleagues and ate horse meat (a delciacy unique to Jeju) which was very tasty.

I saw on the news what had happened in Cockermouth. It's terrible ! But the British spirit is amazingly resilient and can overcome whatever challenge that may come their way. I hope they'll be cared for in the best possible way to make sure their Christmas will still be a good one.

Posted by JBarker 09:38 Archived in South Korea Tagged living_abroad

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