Still in One Piece.

Skiing was great. We got off to a dubious start, as we had another blizzard the night before departure. However, the weather was warming up even by 4am, and all the snow was melting. Due to our early start, we all slept on the bus ride to the hill. (5:30am – 9:30am) and were awake and ready to ski upon arrival. First, we checked into our hotel, then rented out skis, had some lunch, and finally hit the hill. I only fell once, but it wasn’t until the last two runs of the day that I felt comfortable on my skis.

We had a fantastic meal of rice (of course!), Barbequed pork, marinated quail eggs, bean paste soup, kimchi, tofu, and a variety of veggies. Afterwards, we were so exhausted, we watched a little bit of TV then hit the sack.

Early the next morning we were back at the hill, and having a marvelous time. Around 12:30, three of us called it quits, while the other two kept snowboarding. The three of us returned our equipement and headed off to the sauna. The sauna’s in Korea are usually seperated by gender, and include 2 or 3 (or more) different sauna rooms (steam, red clay, charcoal, etc.) and 2 or 3 (ore more) communal baths (hot, warm, cold, green tea, etc.) plus little shower alcoves. By the time we were done, we were so clean and relaxed and warm, it felt as though we hadn’t exercised at all.

On the bus ride home, I had one of those “Canadians and Korean are really different” sort of moments. There were lots of kids on the bus, yet somehow, in Korea, is wasn’t innapropriate to show the movie “Blade 3”. No one (except us foreigners) seemed upset that these kids were watching Vampires gnawing at people’s throats. I was grossed out, but the kids didn’t seem to mind.

Anyway, we’re all home safe and sound, and are planning to to it again for Lunar New Year. Next time though, I think I’m going to tackle a snowboard.

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