Before Typhoon Noru sweeps in this coming Monday, my host family and I decided to make a quick beach trip to 율포해수욕장 which is a beach on the southern coast of South Korea. Two years ago I visited Busan’s famous beach, 해운대, with my NSLI-Y cohort but we went during May and it was too cold to swim. I also visited Jeju’s beaches six years ago with my 하니 and 하지 (nickname I have for grandparents), but that was in April and it was also too cold to swim. This was my first summer beach visit where we splashed around in the water, rode banana boats and made 팥빙수 (red bean bing soo) sand castles. It truly felt like a day in summer vacation.
Friday after my test my host dad came and picked me up at school. Usually I would take the bus home, but driving takes about 1/3 the time. I then came home to a house in chaos as everyone was running around trying to get ready. I had not eaten lunch yet so as I was eating my 초밥 (rice inside of fish cakes) my host sisters were playing hide and go seek. It was really nice to see them play together and not on their phones for once. My host mom was packing up snacks and getting hats and sunscreen, etc., ready. I have no idea where my host dad went during this time. The dog was just running in circles.
About thirty mins later we were out the door. My host mom looked at my and was like “정신 없다” which is sort of like to be out of your own mind. People use that phrase when you are really tired or really stressed. For us it was because we have been go-go-go since this morning.