Wednesday we had class and a special lecture on Korean economy. After the lecture, we met two of the students who are coming to Lander this coming year. We talked for a while, and answered their questions. They were really nice, and I know they were anxious and excited about this Fall. The rest of the day we had some much needed free time, which I spent doing laundry.
Thursday we went to Beomeo Temple, which was followed by a "dyeing experience" and a tour of royal tombs. That night was very interesting, because we went to a Lotte Giants' baseball game. For those of you who haven't heard already, Ziv got hit in the head by a foul ball. It was hilarious. Here's some still shots and a video link.
We also saw a girl eating fried chicked with chopsticks, so I had to take a picture of that.
There's also a tradition at the games where you put a plastic bag on your head, which we had a lot of fun with.
Friday we had to get up bright and early (I woke up at 5:30am) to get to Seoul by KTX. We went to this awesome traditional place where they film a lot of historical dramas. I was really excited because one of my favorite dramas, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, was filmed. Of course, my camera chose that time to die on me, so I only got about five pictures. After that we went ice skating at Lotte World. On Sunday, we went to the British Council where I met Min Moon, who is a coordinator for the TaLK program (Teach and Learn in Korea); I really enjoyed talking to her. Next we went to yet another palace in the center of Seoul. It was really nice, but it poured the entire time. Later we took a cable car up to Namsan Tower, where it also poured. There's a place at the top where couples write their names on locks so that their love will last forever.
Today we went to the Korean War Memorial, which I was personally excited about. I think everyone else was really interested in it too. We watched a video, rode a flight simulator, and went outside to see the tanks and aircraft. After that, we got back on the KTX and headed back to Busan, where we've been resting. Tomorrow we're starting our temple stay, so I'm not sure when I'll be able to update again, but hopefully soon. I'm really sorry about all the delays, but keep reading, and I'll keep posting!