A Bumpy Ride!

I woke up this morning in a bit of a funk. I actually got 8 hours of sleep, which is more than I’ve gotten any night since we’ve been here. I think the lack of exercise, the overall exhaustion, the stress of the project and missing my family has finally taken it’s toll. Given all of this…the gorgeous sunny day brightened my mood and I was able to take a little bit of “me” time today. 🙂 We also got out in the afternoon for a quick trip to a local market and then a yummy dinner this evening. It was good to be out of the hotel a bit more today than the past few days.

Check out the beautiful blue sky I woke up to! It’s the prettiest I’ve seen since we’ve been here. It’s supposed to be just as nice on Saturday…and we’re taking a little break from work so I’m really looking forward to enjoying the beauty of the day.

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The trees and plants are also starting to bloom so it’s really starting to feel like spring. Of course I’m missing spring at home right now…although it is currently snowing with 10” of snow in the mountains. Too bad I’m not at home skiing, but regardless of feeling a bit out of sorts…there’s honestly no place else I’d rather be right now.

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The remainder of the morning was full of work…work…work. That is why I’m here after all! Fortunately we were able to get out of the office a bit for a visit to a local market. It takes place once every 5 days and we were lucky enough to visit it today. It was truly amazing. There were so many locals selling grains, buckwheat and other yummies for us to enjoy.

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Vince – I was good and didn’t spend too much money. I did get a few surprises for Olivia. 🙂 She’s going to love her new goodies.

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We picked up some snacks. They’re called ppeongtwigi in Korean, or puffed grain in English. They’re a little sweet but mostly just plain good! We have lots for the team to enjoy…it just may take us all week to eat them. Oh and the whole bag only cost 5,000 Won. That’s about $5. Not too shabby for a large bag of treats!

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There are always so many interesting things to see at open-air markets. I just love all the colors and flavors. And I love experiencing all the sights, sounds and smells. So much fun!

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The team had a blast wandering through the market.

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We saw fresh omija. This was the five taste fruit we had in our tea the other day. It’s amazing how the color of the fruit is so prevalent in the tea.

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Then there was the fish…

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We even made a friend!

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There were even some interesting purchases. Justin and Antonio were eager for 7 year old ginseng…

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Upon our return to Phoenix Park I took a solo stroll through the beautiful grounds. I needed to get out of the teamroom and what better way to do it than to get outside and enjoy the warmth, the sun and the all around beautiful day. I was the only one out there and it was so peaceful and relaxing. Just what I needed to rejuvenate me!!

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During my walk I came across a Mini driving up a hill…

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And 3 random bears in the middle of the ski slope…I’m not really sure what that’s about!

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And lots of beautiful scenery. This is such a beautiful place!! I may never leave.

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After a little more work we headed out to dinner for Korean BBQ. Ji-Hyun has been promising us Korean BBQ for two weeks…and boy did she deliver!!! It was so good. Usually the meat is the appetizer. The wait staff comes around and asks you what you would like for your main course. We had to politely decline!

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The team thoroughly enjoyed dinner…

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Upon our departure from the restaurant we were intrigued by the incredibly clean elevator. 🙂

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At the end of the evening we made our plans for Saturday. We’re all heading to Gangneung to see the coast. Justin has decided to go off on his own to do a long bike ride. Given that he is braving the wilderness all by himself we equipped him with a survival note just in case. It translates to “Hello, I am Justin. I am lost. Ji-Hyun Sunny. Please call to them. Thank you! <heart>“ Justin was much amused!

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