Bijindo – A hint of Thailand in Korea

Bijindo is an island just south of South Korea.  After enjoying a sunrise hike in Hwangmaesan we took the ferry from Tongyeong Ferry Terminal to Bejin Island (do means island in Korean).  The 40 minute trip went quickly as sea spray and fresh air came over the sides of the boat while a few seagulls entertained us by trailing behind and snatching chips out of the sky!

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Once on Bijindo it was easy to find our pension.  The whole island only has a few hundred people living on it in one small village and another smaller beach-side hamlet.  From afar it is easy to confuse Bijindo with one of Thailand’s many tropical paradises.

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Korea Burn ’14 – Part 2

Korea Burn was a wild, hippie-filled, peace love and tons of new friends filled weekend!  Its been a few weeks since and bumping into other “burners” around Seoul has been such an uplifting experience.  Enjoy my second set of photos; this picks up after Part with post dodgeball dancing as I handed out the rest of my fortunes and had to pause on the beach and write more.  Korea Burn '14-74 Korea Burn '14-75

They were sooo excited!

They were sooo excited!

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this guy made a robot costume out of cardboard!

this guy made a robot costume out of cardboard!

moar pajeon!

moar pajeon!

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Warren's big flip of his 300th pajeon!

Warren’s big flip of his 300th pajeon!

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Hi!

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oh HI!

ran out of fortunes to give away

Not paying attention cause I ran out of fortunes to give away

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why hello

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we're having fun!

we’re having fun!

rawr

rawr

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Lovely ladies of SHG!

meow

meow

"Paint a frog on my back!" - Jin

“Paint a frog on my back!” – Jin

getting painted

getting painted

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"I want you to paint fire on my back!" - Me

“I want you to paint fire on my back!” – Me

This artist was giving away silkscreen t-shirts!

This artist was giving away silkscreen t-shirts!

Bubbles!

Bubbles!

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Korea Burn ’14 – Part 1

Korea Burn was my first Burning Man festival.  In fact it was my first hippie festival of any kind and it was phenomenal!   It was a weekend full of free-spirited art and emotion as people bonded through music and dance.  Body paint and unique sculptures were just accents to the costumes flaunted everywhere.

One of the key components to Burning Man is a distinct lack of currency.  Many people bring gifts ranging from handmade bracelets to food, booze or even t-shirts.  Others developed games with prizes and challenges that had us all laughing and loving each other.  I brought my camera and a notepad that I filled with fortunes; anyone who’s photo I took I gave a personalized fortune.

Enjoy the first half of the photos!  Part 2 will be out shortly…

Early morning Ashley

Early morning Ashley

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Napping after an early swim

Napping after an early swim

Tent City!

Tent City!

Natasha Rocking it!

Natasha Rocking it!

Kady!

Kady’s ready to get her groove on!

Natasha Warren & I were stopped by another photographer

Natasha Warren & I were stopped by another photographer

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The first of many games

The first of many games

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I got orange, red & yellow "hair chalk"

I got orange, red & yellow “hair chalk”

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Wow! Much Art!

Wow! Much Art!

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The "men" that will later be burned!

The “men” that will later be burned!

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The Sangria was delicious!

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beach trampolines!

beach trampolines!

Mr. & Mrs. America!  Happy July 4th!

Mr. & Mrs. America! Happy July 4th!

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Free hotdogs if you pose for a mugshot!

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Refs napping before what would be an intense dodgeball tournament

Refs napping before what would be an intense dodgeball tournament

Happy July 4th!

Happy July 4th!

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There were so many people grilling & giving away food & drink!

There were so many people grilling & giving away food & drink!

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Martin!

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Our Dodgeball Team!

Our Dodgeball Team!

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Korea Burn ’14 – a sneak peek!

All I have to say is “wow!”  Words can’t describe how amazing Korea Burn was.  The art exhibits and costumes were just the icing on a cake of amazing people and personalities that came together in a fantastically beautiful beach weekend!  Enjoy this sneak peek and stay tuned for the rest of the photos.

(NSFW warning: some of these photos might not be safe for work)

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Dodgeball Tournament!

Dodgeball Tournament!

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Happy July 4th!

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Getting ready to burn the man!

Getting ready to burn the man!