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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Gyeongju and Dirt Tea

Saturday a group of friends and I went to Gyeongju for the day. Gyeongju is a city smaller than Pohang but famous for the historical treasures and the Gyeongju National Museum. It's a 45 minute bus ride from Pohang. For whatever reason I thought we were going hiking (this was after several beers), even though I had already been told that there was no hiking at the temple we were going to. I dressed for hiking. There was no hiking. So basically I froze my butt off...

The temple was... a temple. In Korea, once you've seen one temple, you've pretty much seen them all. After the Korean War, a lot of temples were damaged. So now most of them look mass produced. It was nice to walk around and take pictures anyways, even though there are no leaves on trees yet (mostly because it won't warm up here!)

After the temple we went to a different part of the city for some Chinese food. The food was delicious and a Chinese woman came to our table and did a little tea-pouring performance. It was really cool.

I'm not sure exactly what kind of tea it was. My friends described it as weeds and flower tea... It was literately whole green leaves, flowers and orange peel in hot water. 

Everyone else at the table who tasted it agreed that it tasted like dirt. I quite enjoyed it. I think it was chamomile. The tea was a service for our table and I felt bad that no one else was drinking their service. So I finished everyone's Dirt Tea. And got the weeds stuck to my lips while I was sipping...

Tea = Dominated

I woke up super sick in the middle of the night. I can only think the Dirt Tea was to blame...

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