Published: October 21st 2007October 9th 2007
Hey! hope your impressed ive actually remembered to write this twice in one week!! :) well this weekend I headed to Andong to meet with a few other english speakers! ayyayaya! I headed to Andong by bus from Yeongju, the city near to my town, the ride took about 40 minutes and wow do they travel in style, armchairs all the way!! on a bus!! iwas amazed!! It cost 4500w which is about 3 quid one way, and buses are regualr which is good :)
When i arrived i headed to find a tourist information cos without a map and no korean reading ability fiding my way is interesting!! found the main site and met with my friends id made during training week before we were all shipped out!
The festival was huge! big marquees everywhere, a great mask exhibition from around the world, crafts to watch and participate in, so ye i had to have a go!! made myself a massk and a wooden blocking print ink rubbing to ward off evil spirits!! so spiders i finally have a weapon againt you in my apartment!! (hope it works! had to kil 6 the other night!!!)
On the Saturday we headed
to the Hanhoe traditional village the other site for the show, it took about an hour on bus for 1800 w each way. We managed to watch the hahoe dancing, and a traditional japanese dance in the outdoor theatre lined with trees, was really good :)
nest we headed for dinner, by far the best food ive had, chicken in a bbq style sauce (korean style) and with potatoe pancakes, was gorgeous :) see below!! hehehe!!
It was time for the fireworks, traditional korean the advert said!! and in all fairness as usual that means 'with a strange twist!!!' they started hanging lit fireworks on to ropes which stretched from the river shore where we were sat, across the river and up on to the top of the mountain, on a pulley system so they stretched all the way up, this took about 40 mins, once these were lit and marked the path up over the river to the mountain , they then sent a lit up boat down the river with dancers on it. But the best was that after chants of hana, tul, set (1,2,3) they dropped flaming fire balls from the top of the mountain to light
the fires below, setting piles of dried trees on fire all the way up the mountain! once thi was complete they set off the 'normal' as we would see fireworks as a celebration!!! was great experience! we ended up black from soot!!
Live music played the entire time out on the river bank and thousands of family sat in awe and shouting in the sequences to encourage more fire!!!
After theyd finished we headed back to Andong for a few beers and soju (traditional rum style drink here) and the obligitory steamed egg!!! which is served with all beers!!! cant even imagine how the british would react if at the royal george we started to serve steamed egg in big bowls with all our drinks!!! you should try it sue!!
Headed back home about 2 am ready for our nice 7am start next day!!!
Up early to get our 'american breakfast!! waffles, maple syrup and bacon!! mmmm how i do miss american brekkies!! hehe!! we then headed back to the site for some more dances, to make me a mask and
There are more photos below