Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mime Festival May 30th

So, not too long after the Danoje Festival was the Mime festival. It was in another town inland called Chuncheon. It's much bigger and it really made me feel like a country bumpkin. I mean, they've got more than just one main road. It's BIG!

Anyways, it was super fun. We went there for the whole day, in the evening we watched an amazing performance by an Australian group (I've got the video and I'll post it on here), and then at night we danced until we couldn't anymore.

It was an amazing weekend.

We are here, ready to see mimes miming :).

It was a really nice and sunny day. Kids were running through this fountain. I love my camera :).

Pretty pretty flowers.

This was a strange performance. I have no idea what was happening.

And then all of a sudden, there was a whale. I don't know why. I don't know what a whale had to do with a mime festival. Was it because a whale doesn't talk, and neither does a mime? I don't know.

I'm good at taking pictures of myself. Did I already mention I love my camera?

These are the 3 ladies I went to the mime festival with. From left to right: Lray, Chris, Jessica.

I couldn't get good lighting with the faces, so I decided to do a classic Dana foot shot x 4 :).

The hill was decorated with many many red umbrellas. It was very pretty.

I'm not sure if these little guys were a mascot for this festival. They were funny and weird looking.

Here's another one.

These are my sandals.

Jessica was performing on her own private stage.

This guy was really cute, so I asked him if I could take a picture with him. Naturally, he didn't speak English, and I didn't speak Korean, so it was more gesturing than talking. I did say cute a couple of times. I think he understood that :).

This was the cutest, I repeat THIS WAS THE CUTEST dog EVER!!!! He was a mix between something really tiny, and a German Shepherd. And he looked like a little rat. BUT SOOOO CUTE.

Self portrait.

Some strange mime people doing a strange bird dance.

This was ABSOLUTELY amazing!! It was the Australian group. They were high up on these bendy things.

They were moving around.

There was a whole story there.

And the music was really fitting too.

You can't have a gathering of foreigners without someone bring some drums.

Some of the pathways were lit up with candles. It was all very romantic.

We got bright glowing horns. We also got fries. YUMMY!!

We had blue horns.

These are some of the women I know in this area. From left to right: Deanna, Chris, Jessica, me, Lray, Lindsay.

You can see how many people had devil horns. It was very cool.

And here started the music. There was a raver.

There were people screaming.

There were people dancing and showing off their tattoos.

Someone even brought their instrument.

Awwww, that's it?? I thought there would be more pictures.

Alright, so that's it for now :).

Stay tuned, more pictures are coming of my garden. It's growing and growing. Today was the first time I picked some lettuce out of my crazy lettuce patch. It was mighty delicious.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Danoje Festival May 25th

There was this festival, and foreign teachers across Korea were invited. We could take part in a Tuesday tour, Wednesday tour, Thursday tour, or Tuesday and Wednesday tour or Wednesday and Thursday tour. Well, Thursday is my easiest day, Tuesday is a difficult day, so hell, why not!! You don't often get to leave for 2 days in the middle of the week and it be ok :).

So, I went on the Tuesday and Wednesday tour of this festival called Danoje, and it was in a city about 2 hours away from me. It was in Gangneung.

Yaay, mid weed weekend is here :)

On the bus saying bye bye to Geojin for 2 days

Gangneung eating some nutritious food

Lisa joining in and having some nutritious food too.

As we are waiting for our orientation, we check out this little clothing exhibition. It's made of wood and wood shavings and seashells. Strangeeee


One of the many performances at the Danoje Festival.

Little cute carvings. I didn't get one in the end :(

Lisa making a seashell thingy.

She got filmed by KBS.

Wrestlers, yummy.

Yaay, it's sunny and warm.


He's making noodles.

We had to run to catch this guy.

And it wouldn't be a festival without a dragqueen selling sweets.

Just before the big parade. The men were dressed in Korean traditional clothes. These were the disposable kind tho. They are holding the lanterns that will later be lit and set floating on the local river.

This guy was drunk and making faces as he was walking and dancing with the dressed up people.

I found a cow, I had to milk it, even though it wasn't real.

Me and soju. Soju is the Korean version of Japanese Sake, or Russian Vodka, or Romanian Palinca.

Me and Lisa and soju.

Pretty lanterns.

There were so many lanterns on the river. This was after the parade.

Made new friends. This is Gari.

This is Ray.

And this is Kishmir. She's a balanced mom.

A super cute dog that was guarding our accomodations.

This is where we stayed overnight.

It was sooooo peaceful. I haven't slept that good in a long time.

Crazy morning hair.

I'm not awake yet. It was 7:30am and we had to wake up to go and eat some crappy breakfast. I would have slept some more, seriously!

Pretty flower :). I love my new camera.

This crow was the weirdest crow I've ever heard.
They usually sound like this: Moa! Moa! Moa!
This one sounded like this: Moaaaaaaaaaa... Moaaaaaaaaa...

She didn't smile. I smiled at her 2 times but she was very stern.

There's a doggy in the grass. Can you see him??

Magical path leading to a magical place.

I'm trying to look like a dinosaur fitting in with all the fern around.

This is at the top somewhere looking out over somewhere else. Pretty no?

Big size model of the little ducky carvings.

Grain... closeup.

Grain, and lots of it.

Pretty flowers.

This was truly a delicious lunch. I don't know if it's just cuz I was starving, or cuz the breakfast was crap, or cuz the food was actually good. I was stuffed.

This was a Russian group performing at the Danoje festival.

Everyone is concentrating hard on their master pieces.

I made 3. They turned out really pretty.