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Three best friends and their summer adventures. Two – lost somewhere in the world and the third one, waiting for them to come back.


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Edva. Call of the Sea (Part 1)

Day 1. On my way

Finally This day has come…

First sun rays approach to the room. Early morning and alarm clock shouting the same Sunmi’s 24 hours track again and again. I’m feeling like leaving my one home which I don’t really like. Nothing’s holding me here even the memories about this place doesn’t look good. Just pack the stuff and leave. Run away before everybody knows, before everybody wakes up. The time is precious.

Outside the nest

From this very moment I’m on my own. My trip. My language and my experience. Feeling worried and excited at the same time. But the courage is stronger than ever. I have waited for this moment so long. Nothing to regret. It’s time to make it happen.

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Bus took me to the closest town if I even could give this name to a place which has two main streets and are located in the valley between the mountains. (Jucheon-ri)

On the bus stop an old lady takes care of me instantly. Strangers use to give a hand even if they see you for the first time. What can I say. Just like it as I like to feel secure. Even after more people gather she doesn’t stops to do that.

Another passenger carry two huge boxes of plums and when she offers some for my guardian the first thing she does is fastly turns at me and gives some too. Like a son. Of course giving a short explanation to an owner of the fruits. “he’s a foreigner… let’s give some of fruits to him”

Here is my bus. I didn’t knew this till the moment when I ask the same lady in Korean if this bus goes to next town of my destination. She quickly understands what I mean and just puts her hand in the mid-air by giving a farewell waving followed by a word “Ga.”

I’m on the second bus. It took me to the second town. But just to make it sure I’m constantly checking the maps on my phone. (Jecheon-si)

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I’m in the second town of my destination. About an hour left and I’ll leave for Busan. But first I have to find a bus terminal. Here my phones comes handy again. I already did it on my way here. I’m heading there and of course taking some photos of the building around since I’m a tourist.

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Here I found my self in the terminal. Now I need to buy a ticket but what to use my reading or speaking skills. Tongue took over the eyes and I’m standing at the lady behind the glass who suppose to offer me a ticket. My poor Korean again takes the place in this life performance. “Please give me a bus ticket at 11 o’clock to Busan.” Of course she gives me an answer fast. But this time there is a number in her speach. I had to understand fast but I failed. giving her only one banknote of 10.000 won. But still somehow I was able to understand when she just replies to that. “One more of this please” then just grabed a paper to write the amount but this time I’m faster by giving next banknote first.

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Now when the ticket is in my hand I have some time for deep thought and lunch. Two small buns and a bottle of water serves my as a lunch table this time. Not feeling sad just excited since this moment everything going just fine. I made 2 out of the 3 buses for my trip successfully and I’ almost on my way to Busan.

As I realised later phone is not the best ting to take photos.

Soon… Call of the Sea (Part 2)

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Edva. Like day and night

18 days passed since I’m in Korea and around 16 days since I’m in the project site…

Somewhere in the valley

The place I’m stay is really somewhere out of this world. There is only one bus four times a day and if we want to reach a one of the major cities have to take 2 more buses there. The street, if we can call it like that, has only one traffic line and lights during the nighttime every 200 matters. Nothing more to add cause there is nothing more and this is really makes my sad about this place or more like to drives crazy. After two weeks here I started to feel like in video game Stronghold. Only old farmers and flies are living all around despite the fact that kids are coming here every day to study except weekends.

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The point of this would be that after traveling 9000 kilometers all the way from Europe I haven’t expected such a rural place to live. The fact is this place is only one like that among all other project sites all over Korea since they’re in bigger towns like Samcheok or Yongwol which has easy connection between other cities and even train stations.

In other hand, I pick this project by myself. Was I lucky enough or not time will show but at the moment I can say that experience is experience. I’ll definitely learn something from this and gain new skills.

Other think I’d like to tell about would be people in the center and our host. Nothing bad I can say at the moment. Two weeks are not a big period of time but everybody looks so kind and helpful. I haven’t been living in Korean family but I can say that host and his family are treating us like their own kids no matters that we are just volunteers. They’re also always giving some questions about countries we came from and of course France is more well know than Lithuania but they seems quiet interested in my place too. The other thing about host that he’s really tries to make our life as comfortable as it’s possible. He even bought us bicycles to go around and reach the smallest town of our region in which I can try at least some local snacks. Other people in the center also tries to keep connection no matter they can’t speak english but they’re still smiling and that’s enough for me.

So the point would be that job here is  not hard despite some farm work we have to do and people around are good too but the place which is out of reach from any where makes me sad and disappointed. Two out of seven days a week outside the place won’t make me happy since I came here to see my lovely friends, try some food I have seen only on internet, increase my Korean and feel more confident with it and of course see all that amazing historical and world heritage places. Of course don’t forget spots where Koreans are hanging out during the long night in the major cities like Seoul or Busan.

Just because something doesn’t happening for you right now doesn’t mean that it will never happen…


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Edva. Welcome to the temple

Last weekends I had a great opportunity to visit a temple called Guinsa and experience Korean temple stay. It was quiet new thing for me.

Behind the two gates

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Temple Guards in the second temple gate the difference is that only in this temple they’re hidden under the roof

The surrounding of the place also was pretty impressive. Mountains and Korean style architecture buildings all around, of course pretty new since temple suffered from  ferocious flames once but everything still looks very authentic. Despite the main building which looks like an office building for me and yes, there are two elevators inside too since it’s 7 store building.

The main building with two elevators inside

The main building with two elevators inside

The staff and monks of the temple were very kind to us, not suprising cause activity cost us 40.000 won. Two monks and two more staff members took care of us whole time. Only one of the monks and one of staff member spoke english. Beside that experience was pretty good. We also had I quiet good activities too. We have been practicing many ways of meditation, like silent one or walking up the hill. Also temple etiquette and history lesson. In the beginning we also had tour around the temple too.

The main eating hall of the Temple

The main eating hall of the temple

The food was quite good but a bit salty maybe because all of it are grown and prepared inside the temple. Also the fact that there is no difference between breakfast, lunch and dinner in Korea made the experience of temple food almost the same for two days. We also had a tea ceremony at 9 PM first day.

Buildings in the temple are pretty new

Buildings in the temple are pretty new

Most of  the food are made inside the temple

Most of the food are prepared inside the temple

In the end I can say that temple stay is something that everybody should try of course every temple can offer a different activities. I’d like to try temple stay one more time. Maybe the same place or another it doesn’t matters the point is have a bunch of good friends around.

 


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Saima. HAPPY 4th OF July!

What is on my mind?

When it is not enough what you have or do, and when is where no ability or right to be sad about it, because where are no one who would come over. This is makes me more strong or to say true dispassionate this mean that I am not influenced by strong emotion and can easily stay calm. If one year ago I was still fighting inside me in stressful situations, now I am so cold, that everything what is happening around cannot do an impact for me. Being emotionally numb. Follow the rule to simply find my shortest answer for everything.  Dead-pan face or fake smiling. I am in competition with myself.  Who is going to win? Can I give up and become a crying person?

100_4486The fast way of life. June.

On the one hand, I look like a person who are sitting in front of his/hers laptop all day long, being online on Facebook, uploading photos, changing status or surfing the web. May I look like interesting, busy and a happy person? Or, am I lack of attention?  How I look like? Do I really care? Yes, not too much, but I am still curious about it. Who is not? What about you?

IMG_3687I am totally a summer person.

The first month of summer pasted really fast. I can easily count hours when I was sitting alone and having nothing to do.  I spend a lot of time with friends. I spend some time with family and I spend some nights with my kitty. I was always on the road if not directly, so definitely on my minds. I am tired, because of this, but at the same time my blood is boiling to take actions and make new plans for the next day. Every day, I am doing and trying something new what should make me happy, but nooo … I am not happy at all and I cannot stay still. I need to do something even it is not what I am looking for.  As I know me I will be active till middle of September when will come a chilly weather and dark days.  On what time, I will start to look for a good place to hide during the hardest period of the year December. Sadly, I am definitely patient.

IMG_34494th of July.

Finally, I got an opportunity to celebrate Independence Day. It was not easy to get in, but with a desire for it all doors are open. There is nothing too much to say about the celebration.  I am sure, that YOU have seen it on TV several times.  All the smiling people dressed up in colors: blue, white and red and waving flags. Kids were playing around and having lots of fun. Everyone are communicating with each another, drinking champagne, eating small treats. Later singing a national anthem, watching fireworks and flying fighters planes. This is what I expected.  A good atmosphere and a good feeling inside me.

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Still living and I am here. Making my own decisions. And consulting with myself.