A snowy journey back to Seoul.
On our trip to Sokcho and Seoraksan, we came across an unbelievable amount of these rows of drying fish. We were told that the drying process is even more successful in the cold weather, so this is prime season for this fish to be prepared. It was incredible how huge the fields of these hanging areas were!
Not knowing that we were going to make another pit stop, we assumed that this was yet another restaurant. More noodles? We couldn’t imagine eating more, but we noticed that this one looked very different. There was only one other car here, and the surroundings were very different!! We were half asleep, so barely any of us moved. The Pastors got out the car. A couple minutes later, David and I decided to follow. I wanted to see all these fish, and the snow was beginning to fall heavily, so I couldn’t resist!!
From here the fish look small, but they are more than a foot long!
While the Um’s went inside and bought a bag of fish for grandpa, who was eagerly waiting at home, I walked around these massive areas of fish. It was slightly creepy because there were HUGE squids hanging there too. However it was also very fascinating because the snow was falling heavily and it was so silent. So eery and beautiful. Justin sat in the backseat of the van, sleeping, I walked around for a bit. I just love the snow!
When I got too cold, and realised that I might be left behind by the Um’s accidentally thinking I was asleep in the backseat too. I headed for the building to see where David was. The store (pictured above) was filled with numerous kinds of dried fish. There were samples all over the place, so I tried some of them.
This one was pretty good ~
Myeolchi (anchovies) fried in a slightly sweet batter and then covered in sesame seeds. The Um’s bought a box of them to take home as a snack. As always, nothing is bought in small quantities in Korea. I tried to offer Justin some, but he looked at me like I was insane!
Along the way, we were almost involved in a car accident. The roads were icy, and although everyone drove slowly, the conditions were hazardous. Half asleep, I was looking out of the front window, when the car in front of us suddenly skidded and hit the barricade in the middle of the highway. It was a frightening thing to see, and my body instantly tensed up. I grabbed Justin’s leg and squeezed it. No words would come out of my mouth. Everything was happening in slow motion!! The car in front of us spun around twice and stopped, facing the opposite direction, with a truck coming towards him. We tried to break, and so did the truck. The car behind us hit into us, and we skidded forward. The truck heading toward all of us swerved and we all just missed a potentially disastrous situation.
For the rest of the journey back to Seoul, I kept thinking how precious life is, and how quickly it can all be over. We are thankful that everything was okay, and no one got hurt.
We arrived back in Hanam, and went directly to OSCS for our first view of the Um’s new school. Although many of the students are the same, they have been blessed with a new residence. It is much more modern that the old school, and there are two floors. This was a perfect night to stop by here because the snow was falling, and everything was white.
Yay, a snow angels!
The kids started building a snowman. Freezing cold, and very tired, all I could manage to do was shuffle my feet along in the snow to form a heart for Justin (first picture above). We had a wonderful trip!!
More road trips and adventures coming soon!