So after our trek back from Seoul we were on bus 115 for the grand tour of Buksam. I asked my Dad what he though and his response was "that was it?" Yeah, I don't live in the largest or most exciting area, but I still love it. Monday morning came all too soon, seeing as my first classes of the week are never the most exciting my Dad decided to stay home and explore town. I was curious as to how he would survive without being able to read anything or speak to anyone (really no one here speaks English) but I trusted he'd entertain himself. I got home from school and to my pleasant surprise he had cleaned my whole apartment! I joked about it the night before seeing as he's now become Mr. Clean at home, but since I have no cleaning supplies (aside from a broom and sponge) I didn't think he'd actually do it. But, lucky for me he ventured out to buy some supplies and my apartment is now the cleanest it's ever been. Since I left him alone all day I promised a good dinner - one of my favorites, dakgalbi (spicy chicken and veggie dish) so we made our way to Otae-dong for dinner.
My principal was eager to meet my Dad and show him our school so on Tuesday it was like show and tell. My dad sat in on my first two classes where there was a buzz about the students wondering who this tall, handsome, strong man was. Seriously, the kids were amazed at anything and everything he did - "oh your voice is very good" "very handsome" "oooh so tall, and strong!" The kids even guessed he was in his 40's, if nothing else I guess the trip was a good ego boost.
Jikjisa - a popular temple located at the base of Mt. Hwangaksan in Gimceon, about a half hour from my school. Thankfully, the friend of my principals spoke really good English (unlike the friend that took me on my hike last time) so there weren't too many awkward silence moments. She works in the travel industry and recently opened her own travel business so she seemed to know a lot about the area and was eager to share with us. One of the most impressive things about the temple was it's location between the valley and nearby pine forest, really made for some gorgeous scenery. I also found out its one of the temples in Korea that offers a temples stay program so I may return in the fall for that.
|Dad outside the Hall of the Bodhisattva|
|Honestly, can't believe he played along with this|