Yesterday (Saturday 8/10) was the April Immersion School field trip to 독산 Beach in 보령. I arrived at April around 7:45am and stopped by the CU convenience store to pick up some coffee and snacks for the bus ride. I ran into Minjoon/Minjae’s mother there with her new baby daughter – Hyemin! It was really nice catching up with her. She was always a really involved and caring parent when I taught her older son – MinJoon. Minjae, on the other hand, needs a lot of work, and it’s cool that she recognizes that as well. Hopefully, I’ll get to see her and MinJoon next week at the Parent’s Day. Back the field trip. The planned agenda:
- Meet at April @ 7:45am
- Depart to Herb Land for tour + soap making
- Catch clams at the beach
- Eat lunch
- Depart + arrive in Daejeon by 4:30pm
What really happened was that we were slightly late departing from Daejeon. The bus left Dunsan around 8:15am and headed to No-eun to pick up our friends from the Chungdahm branch there. They only had a few people so we shared busses. The bus ride was fairly calm and took about 2 hours. We arrived at the same beach as 2 years ago when we had the first AIS field trip. Back then, only Grace, Jay, Heather, and I attended. This year, every single teacher/staff had to attend. It was a really interesting sight when we arrived. Along the “shore” were tents and makeshift barbeques, all crammed into whatever space they could occupy. Now I’m from California, I know what a beach looks like. Doksan Beach = not Huntington Beach. I wonder what makes people drive all the way out to Doksan to set up a tent for the day. Getting in touch with nature? Beats me. You will not be seeing me there in the future.
Anyways, we were led to the orientation area where we waited for the guides to come. Since we switched times, we had to wait a bit for them to be available. We were told that we decided to go to the beach first because of the tidal waves being too high later in the day. While standing around to wait, I got bitten by mosquitoes (because I’m fat and delicious)… true to my allergic nature, my legs swelled up like ham hocks.
After the brief orientation, we all made the trek out to the sea to begin catching clams. The walk was about 10-15 minutes. The kids really enjoyed it. The trick was to plant your feet into the muddy water, do the twist and shout, and clams would emerge from beneath. In between filming and creeping on the kids, I also caught some clams… although I’m not sure why since I don’t really cook. Anyways, right when we were heading back in, the real shit storm started. We heard thunder and lightning but didn’t think much of it. Next thing I know, the rain came pouring down. Not California rain. Tropical typhoon hurricane pelting you in the face kind of rain. The best part was that none of us had umbrellas/protective gear. Imagine an episode of Stormchasers mixed with Sharknado. Minus the sharks, add in screaming Korean children. It took me a good 15 minutes to make it back to the shed. I literally could not see with all the vicious rain pelting me in the eyes. All I kept thinking was “HOLY FUCKING SHITTERS I AM GOING TO DIE!” At one point, I wanted to pick up little Kelly and make a run for it. But that would’ve been selfish since she would’ve been my shield hahaha.
Lunch hour was squishy and uncomfortable. We all sat there soaking wet from head to toe, and dined on the finest the countryside had to offer. Remembering how I felt after the lunch 2 years ago, I opted out and only had some soup. Sunny & I kept eyeing the soju fridge haha. After lunch, we waited for the kids to get their clams packed up in neat little styrofoam boxes. After that, we started the trek back to the bus. I thought the bus was parked at an appropriate distance away. Turns out, it was parked wayyyyyyyyyyy back at the entrance of the town. The walk took about 20 minutes and I was not happy. It was cute though.. some of the Sprout girls (Kelly, Annie, Ann) decided to quiz me on my Korean language abilities. They would take turns saying a word in English and I would have to give them the Korean equivalent. It was probably the most intense Korean language course I’ve had in awhile.
The next part was the perhaps the most interesting. Instead of changing on site like we did last year, the bus charter bus turned into a makeshift changing room. Girls went first. Clothes were flying off everywhere. It was like a Korean jimjilbang. Lucky me, I didn’t bring any clothes to change into because I wasn’t expecting to get beat up by a typhoon. After everyone was changed, we re-boarded the bus and headed back to Daejeon. We didn’t make it to Herb Land. I wasn’t too upset because I was dead tired anyways.
Overall, it was a very interesting field trip. It made me appreciate living in the city that much more. I took a 3 hour nap right after taking a warm, CLEAN shower. All I’m saying is, they need to start doing more museum and amusement park trips. Forget the countryside.