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A Surprise Swim

Everybody

Everybody

Alli and I had a Thursday off for Korean Independence Day in our first week back from vacation. It was nice to get a mid-week break while getting back into teaching. We were not planning to do much that day, but our neighbor Ssu said to be ready in the morning for swimming. His English is just good enough that we don’t quite know what we are getting into all the time, but it’s always very fun. So we prepared to swim although we did not know where that would be.

Ssu ended up driving us a few kilometers away to a little river that flows around the base of Mt. Geumhak. We met up with Ssu’s friend Easy and her two sons plus one of their girlfriends.

It was a very pretty place with crystal clear water (but it was a little cold!) There were tons of Koreans there eating, drinking and having a good time.

There is one strange thing that Koreans do when swimming. They do not take their shirts off and usually have long sleeves covering up their bodies. Nobody had what Alli and I would consider normal bathing attire. Even the women have clothes on over their bathing suits, if they are even wearing bathing suits. We aren’t sure if this is for modesty or protection from the sun.

We joined in the swimming and did some diving. Ssu had a few beers for us. Soon there was a bunch of food cooking and we were fed very well. It was a fun day that was a great surprise. We love our neighbors Ssu and Easy!

Our neighbor Ssu!

Our neighbor Ssu!

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Easy, Alli and Ssu having fun!

Easy, Alli and Ssu having fun!

The feast begins!

The feast begins!

I am not sure how I ended up wearing this hat.

I am not sure how I ended up wearing this hat.

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