While in South Korea for a pottery apprenticeship, I was able to balance time working with clay, with exploring some of the country.
|Balancing rocks on the shore of Udo island.|
I couldn't read Korean so well, but had no problem understanding smiling faces, wherever they appeared.
|Potato chips adorned with happy-faced potatoes.|
After intensely working with master South Korean ceramic artist, Mooto,
|Vicki working on a porcelain vase in her teacher's studio.|
I was eager to see what other ceramicists were up to.
|A local artist's ceramic work exhibited at one of the many museums Vicki visited.|
Kimchi, the ubiquitous side dish in Korea, generally made with fermented cabbage, is served at every meal, and found at every market.
|Containers of kimchi displayed for sale.|
There can never be enough kimchi.
|Women making kimchi on the streets of Sokcho, on the Northeastern Coast.|
Markets abound with enticing fresh fruits,
and seafood too large for their tables.
|Giant octopus on sale at the Busan Fish Market.|
Mushrooms are as much works of beauty, as the paintings inside the omnipresent temples.
|Detail of a mountain-top temple wall.|
People patiently wait for local transport.
|A couple awaits the next bus.|
And are rarely without their mobile devices.
|Friends in Andong busy with cellular in hand.|
There is so much to see and do; no time to wait for the rain to stop.
|A family braving the elements to hike in a National Park.|
The day is always sweeter with a smiling kitty cake.
|Cakes on sale at a department store.|
Jeju island's coastline can be rugged, and exceptionally captivating, even in the fog.
|Vicki hiking on Jeju island.|
And no wonder ferries are so popular, with such welcoming dock workers sporting tops to brighten even the dreariest days.
|A ferry boat attendant on Jeju island.|
|A boat on its way to Udo island.|
And a trip to Udo island would not be complete without a stop at the famous Jimmy's Natural Peanut ice-cream store.
After biking all around Udo island, Vicki was lucky not only to locate Jimmy's Ice-Cream Shop, but also the infamous Jimmy himself!
|Vicki is greeted by Jimmy with a solid thumb's up!|
Jimmy's signature ice cream treat, sweet and scenic.