I recently took a trip to Busan with my sister, and the fish market was my absolute favorite part of the excursion. Here's roughly how the fish market thing works:
When you walk into the massive building, you'll see scores of vendors trying to slang their catch to you for cheap. They're not aggressive or pestering; some of them can speak-a-da English fairly well and are open to haggling. They'll be delighted to see your foreign face. (Continued...)
Here's a delicious-looking soup made of not-so-savory ingredients: fried animal's blood and intestines. After ferociously consuming it down to the last clot, my Korean friend knighted me as Korea's newest, officially unofficial culinary citizen.
Jeju Island has many oreum, or parasite volcanoes, which are basically rocky hills that surround Halla Mountain in the center of the island. Once a year, schools on the island have a day where all the teachers at the school go hiking at an oreum together after classes. The following is a short description of my experience going hiking in Jeju.
I moved to the back as we all loaded onto the school's bus at two o'clock after classes. Soon after sitting down I was handed some Jeju tangerines, known as kamgyul in Korean or mikang in Jeju dialect, which comes from the Japanese mikan, and Jeju style chewy rice cakes (tteok).
Every year, teachers in Jeju finish school a couple of hours early and climb one of the many oreums on the island together.My school had their annual oreumclimb today. Oreums, abundantly sound on Jeju Island, Korea, are parasite volcanoes.
The climb was nice, though every Korean person I asked said either they did not enjoy hiking or they were tired and didn't want to be hiking. I thought it was a nice hike and enjoyed the view of what was left of the fall foliage. It reminded me of back home in western Massachusetts.
After hiking all of the teacher went out to eat at a restaurant near the school. After dinner a couple of teacher decided to go our for i cha, which literally means 'second tea' but refers to going someone else after the first place (il cha). I was supposed to go to hapkido and Korean Language class but decided to skip (once again) since it was a special day that happened only once a year.