We grabbed a morning train and after 3 hours, in which I slept the entire time while J read, we arrived at Daechon. A 15-minute bus ride from the train station took us directly to the beach. Going on Sunday worked out pretty well since the train was empty and a lot of people seemed to be leaving the beach as we got there. The weather was also perfect, whereas it had rained the day before. We put our beach things in a locker and headed out to find the mud, which was located in two basins with paint brushes in them. We painted each other with mud and then wandered around the beach. There was a mud slide and a large inflatable pool where people were wrestling and doing other activities in the mud. We passed. Before long, the mud had dried so we headed to the ocean to wash it off.
Overall, our mud festival adventure was a success*! We got home around midnight and I had to go to work the next day.
Monday night was my last Hweshik. My whole branch went to dinner together and memorialized the teachers leaving at the end of summer (there are 12 of us in total).
We found out that we will not be able to get our visas for China in Korea after all (something to do with our alien registration cards), so we will be sending them home and using a visa service. Hopefully, we will be able to get them in time. I guess we should have just gone to Hong Kong*.
I now have 12 teaching days left!
*Pictures to come.
**No visa required.