Hiking in Yeosu

Here is one of many eventful and beautiful days we had in Korea together with Ruben. We spent some days by the sea on the South shore in a place called Yeosu. They had the world exhibition there, but also very nice landscape.This day we went hiking and stumbled upon “kirkekaffe” in a Buddhist temple.

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First we had noodles for breakfast at the G25, because nothing was open. But lots of school children did the same thing, so it must be ok.

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This is where we parked the car.

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My boys.

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The map we tried to follow. We went up on the mountain, did a round and went down again.

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Erik had just bought a new backpack in Seattle and it was perfect for short hike like this.

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What Koreans who hike look like. Long sleeves, west, hat, gloves, long pants and scarves. We looked like aliens, but at least we also had colourful clothes…

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We finally reached the top!

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It was incredibly hot and humid.

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Even Erik is getting the hang of the hand gestures ­čśë

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The view from the other side of the mountain.

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You couldn’t see far because of the humidity.

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When we came down on the other side we found a temple.

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Had to go and say hi.

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They were in the middle of a service, so we waited on the outside and got some rest.

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We went inside when they were finished to take some pictures, and it was clear that they didn’t get much tourists up there, because they invited us to their meal afterwards.

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One of the women there also showed us how to pray in the temple.

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Love this slightly loopsided tiger.

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I didn’t dare take any pictures inside, put when we went into the common house, we queued for food, got noodles with vegetables and kimchi, ate at a big table in a big room together with all the others and listened to their talk. When we were finished we did our dishes and drove home.

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The rest of the temple goers finding their cars and going home.

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It was both such a surreal and normal thing to do, go to the temple, share food and be part of a community. And the fact that we had no common language was no problem.

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When we came back we spent more time at what almost became our regular coffee shop, making a ruckus when we asked to move a table outdoors.

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