Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

        Springtime in Korea seems to be one festival after another, this past weekend was no exception. However, this time a lovely visitor from home accompanied our group for the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival.

My most wonderful of friends, Miranda, came to visit me for the weekend and joined in the expedition. 

        We awakened Sunday morning to bleak looking weather, and as it had rained the entire day on Saturday, Miranda and I looked at each other in dismay. 

        Thankfully, the cloudy skies cleared up during our two-hour bus ride to Jinhae!! However, the Saturday storms left the cherry trees looking quite bedraggled. 

       Miranda pointed out that the trees looked like something out of a Dickens novel and, with their pathetic rain-beaten branches swaying in the chilly breeze, I had to agree.

       We did happen to find ONE tree that had somehow retained its blossoms through the downpour. 

Our hearty tree, deserving a medal for blossom retention during difficult circumstances.


       

         
         Face painting is a must for any and every festival, in my opinion. If face painting is available one is practically obligated to indulge, regardless of age. It is one of those unwritten rules that everyone should follow for the good of the soul.


        Also, a festival (fair) is not a festival without free stuff. We were “attacked” by some Korean women requesting we fill out a survey about our experience. Then we received free pens for our efforts!!! I love free things!


        A festival is also not the real deal without delicious food…………or perhaps a roasting pig in the street….. at least I am pretty sure it was a pig, poor headless thing.


           Our troop of three decided on an actual meal for lunch, a little place with traditional floor seating and low tables. I think the server guy was quite amused by our presence, and was definitely amused by our attempted Korean. The Bibimbap was absolutely delicious!


           The absolutely, positively, most excellent part of the day was receiving free hats. Not just any hats, but authentic cardboard old-korean-lady visors. Score!

           A day with friends, food, festival fun, and free things: Quite wonderful.
        
More blossoms on the ground than the tree I am afraid, but still pretty.

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