Monday, 6 June 2011

Wando Island trip and a green tea plantation

We finally had a much deserved three day  weekend for Memorial Day (No idea what we should be remembering should probably google that....) and we decided to take ourselves off camping for some fun, sea, sandcastles and green tea.

We headed south west to Wando and then drove over to Sinji island where we set up camp and enjoyed a bbq by the beach and a good deal of makkoli.

Sinji Myeongsasimni Beach- view from our tent.

Getting ready for breakfast

It was really strange to see that the local farmers were laying out seaweed in the fields over big sheets of black plastic. They must have had a good catch, as they started to lay it out onto the road almost blocking our car in. I don't think I would like my next bibimbap to be served with a sprinkle of road seaweed. This seaweed must have been the same stuff we saw down at Wando fish market. Drying seaweed was everywhere we went, all weekend! Little men with tractors piled with seaweed trundled up and down the winding country roads. Drying seaweed was also draped along the walls in a small fishing village we stopped at to admire Admiral Yi's former resting place (apparently Historical site No. 114).

Laying the seaweed out to dry.

Instead of eating the seaweed we used it to make an awesome lawn for our much admired sandcastle!
But, seaweed was not the only dried food I spied out and about this weekend. We took a short car ferry north of Sinji-do and on the deck there looked to be the captain's lunch drying out in the sunshine. A delicious squid...:) very common site in Korea.

The highlight of my tasty journey this weekend however was the Boseong Green Tea Plantation. The rolling hills were a fantastic sight and although the steps up and through the farm were a little strenuous in the warm sun, it was really a lovely place to spend the afternoon. The green tea didn't pack much of an aroma though. I thought the air would be filled with the sweet smell of infused leaves but no such luck. The short hike did mean we earned a delicious green tea ice cream! I cannot recommend this treat enough!!

Boseong Green tea Plantation

Where's Wally?
view from the top

green tea ice cream for me!

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