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Sheep farm in Pyeongchang

I went on an inexpensive, day-long bus trip to a sheep farm. It was a couple hours outside of Seoul. It only snowed a handful of times this winter in Seoul, and stuck only once, so seeing all this snow was nostalgic of my hometown.

Because it was winter, all the sheep were kept inside. Baby sleepin on mama, no big deal.

We got to feed the sheep hay. I like how they use their lips to grab the hay, so it just feels soft when they do it and you don't have to worry about fingers getting bitten.

Apparently when it's warm, the sheep are allowed to roam everywhere there's a fence. I saw pictures of the place during other seasons, and it's just as gorgeous as it is with the snow.

It was pretty cold, mostly due to the wind, but wearing two pairs of tights instead of the usual one fixes that problem. I wasn't cold at all except for my ears~

Pile of babies~

After the sheep farm, we went and ate lunch. The specialty of that area is a dried fish, called 황태 (hwangtae), so we got that. I'm not a big seafood fan, but I tried it and it was ok! Chewy, not too fishy tasting.

Then we went to a famous spring, one that has an intensely high amount of iron in the water. It's supposedly very good for your health, and it's also a little carbonated coming out of the ground! It tasted odd but good when it was cold, but once it warmed up in the water bottle I brought it tasted like blood, hah.

Final stop on the trip was to see this little land form that is in the same shape as the actual peninsula of Korea. 

Tiny Korea inside the normal Korea! 

It was so nice getitng out of Seoul to take this trip!! Fresh air and less people and just sitting on the bus and letting them take us everywhere.

my (week old) vacation events

Seems like it was forever ago that I was enjoying my simple vacation :( Here's a very short version of what I did (not included is my studying, exercising, video games and the on time I met up with a friend to go to Butter Finger Pancakes).

It was Keunseok's father's birthday during Christmas week, so we went the weekend before, just as my vacation started. We had bulgogi 불고기, which is pretty much what he always wants to eat on his birthdays. 

Mom feeding her giant baby. And he's turning 30 in about a week.

We bought ourselves a Costco gift card in order to get around needing a membership to shop there. I think I'm going to buy a membership, anyway. We obviously bought more than alcohol and coffee, but I put those up to take a photo for my mom as a joke. 

Two of my friends from Japan, Risa and Nozomi, came to visit for a short vacation right after Christmas. It had been a lo~ng time since I had seen them, so I was happy they came! I wish I could've been a better tour guide, but I'm awful at thinking of touristy things to do.

Cakes at Tous le Jours. I have to say, this is one of my favorite coffee chains in Korea. Twosome Place is also good. HOWEVER. I just tried the Starbucks blueberry cheesecake and that blows every cheesecake I've ever had in Korea out of the water.

Another friend of ours, Yeonsil, came up from Daejeon. I also hadn't seen her in forever! All of these wonderful ladies studed abroad at my university my freshman year (more than 5 years ago wow crying). We met up with Yeonsil's brother and two of his friends (one of who was visiting HIM from Italy. They met when her brother was studying in Barcelona. Studying abroad power, go~~). Then we gorged on Korean foods Risa and Nozomi hadn't yet eaten. 

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And I'll end this hodge-podge post with our food we got for New Years Eve. Take out from 3 different places and a random bottle of wine! We watched 더 지니어스 season 1 finale, which inspired us to play poker.

 

I have my TOPIK test on the 19th, so less than a week away. Still trying to cram vocabulary into my brain as fast as possible.