We finally developed the pictures from our waterproof camera, and so I’m now able to blog about it. The Boryeong mud festival is held at Daecheon Beach, about a 3 hour trip from Seoul. It attracts a lot of foreigners. Especially American Military folks from Seoul. Since foreigners can get a bit out of hand we tried to avoid the crowd of foreigners and went to the Festival on a Thursday night/ Friday day. We had a great 2.5 hour train ride and enjoyed some Tetris and the company of our friends Bonnie and Andrew.
We chilled on the beach Thursday night after finding our lodging- a one room “ondol” style place. Basically you sleep on the heated floor with a mattress pad, blanket, and pillow. Of course, since it was summer, we didn’t have the floor heated, but we did have air conditioning. Good for a cheap night’s sleep.
We had nice weather Thursday night with a lovely sea breeze. We found the area for the festival, but nothing seemed to be happening that night. So we chatted, drank, lit a few fireworks, and generally played around.
The next day we put our junk in a locker and headed for the mud. It was overcast and drizzled a bit, but that’s no big deal when you are going to cover yourself in mud anyway! Unfortunately, by about 3 in the afternoon, we were in the midst of a MAJOR storm. Sideways rain, thunder, lightning, wind, huge waves, the whole works. Though a little bit scary, we made a plan, got dry and changed and enjoyed coffee and dinner before heading back. A good time with friends, but not the crazy, muddy time we were expecting.
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