Camp Korea, Winter 2013
(Justin, Middle of back row)
Justin’s three week Winter camp at the University of Korea, in Jochiwon, is over. Above you can see all the teachers that he worked with while he was there. On his last night in Jochiwon, I got to meet all of them for the first time.
As odd as this may sound, I was somewhat anxious about making my way to Jochiwon. For some reason, traveling to South East Asia doesn’t bother me, but taking a bus to an unknown Korean city made me nervous. Justin emailed me detailed directions because he had done this journey a couple of times.
The school I am working for closes early on a Friday so I was able to leave after my classes and catch the 2:10 bus from Gangnam. At the bus station I had some time to kill, so I got some coffee and snacks.
Seoul Express Bus Terminal
Besides the fact that I was overjoyed to be able to see Justin again, I was grinning at the thought that every minute I was getting closer and closer to him. The camp was finally over. We would be able to return to Seoul together, and NOT PART WAYS again!!!
Padkos (snacks for the journey) – Eggs and a rice snack.
Even though he had given me very specific instructions, Justin was waiting at the bus stop for me. I had to get off BEFORE the final stop, so I couldn’t fall asleep or miss it. As the bus came over a hill, I saw someone far off in the distance, holding a white sign. I couldn’t help but grin!!!
The university campus is big, so we had to walk to the dorms. Of course, this did not bother us since we were together. At last!
After Justin showed me around and we had dinner in the cafeteria (as he has almost everyday for 3 weeks), we watched the final Closing Musical Performance.
The rest of the evening was spent in two different restaurants in Jochiwon.
The last few stickers were given to teachers who could answer trivia questions.
The meat was tasty, so it did not last long!!
Things got interesting at the second restaurant – Mapo Galmaegi. Yes, the second restaurant! In true Korean style, the food and drinks were constantly replenished, and no one went hungry!
Galmaegisal (pork ‘skirt-meat’) is by far our most favourite type of BBQ in Korea, however this version is even better because this particular restaurant also offers a “crust” of egg as an in-house special. Basically they take the grill and place it over a pan with a circular groove in it. The waiter fills the pan with a mixture of spicy vegetables and kimchi, and then pours in a scrambled egg mixture. While the galmaegisal is cooking, the egg also cooks. It is crispy and delicious ~ We love it!!!
We took over half of the Mapo Galmaegi. There were over 20 of us there, ten foreigners and even more Korean staff.
Food, food, food.. So tasty!
Tim (from Canada) and Justin.
Outside the snow began to fall, so I kept peering outside to see it.
The following day we packed up all of Justin’s stuff, and prepared for the journey back to Seoul. I felt relieved to be taking him back with me. As you can see above, his back pack was huge and it was packed to full capacity.
On the bus back to Seoul we sat right at the back, and the sun shone into the window. It almost felt like it wasn’t winter. Not quite, but almost. Soon we will return to Cape Town.
Together once more!!