Life in the ROK

West goes East: The lives and adventures of a Californian couple living in Seoul

Saturday, October 07, 2006

This small map is Bukansan National Park just outside of Seoul. Actually, part of it is in Seoul's city limits. There were a lot of Korean nature lovers out there hiking up and down the steep canyons but we still somehow managed to get good and lost for an hour or so as we simply followed the fall line down the forested slopes.

The strangest thing we encountered on our lucky perambulations was a middle-aged lady who performed nonstop hula hoop at the top of a steep little clearing. Below her was a burbling spring beside which sat an old lady and fifteen or so red or blue dippers for thirsty hikers. The old lady was counseling a youngish man who paid her rapt attention, perhaps on items of love and courtship, whilst the solitary hula hooper kept watch above.


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