I know there were celebrations around the country, but I actually went and explored the Gangneung Coffee Festival with Elizabeth and her friend who came up on Tuesday night.
This has become a bigger festival in recent years and we had a good time exploring at the indoor sports stadium where it was held:
|Outdoor booths. You could roast coffee beans and purchase an|
assortment of coffee-related craft items.
All the coffee places in Gangneung. Not sure if I could hit them all in a year. Just based on
how much it might cost me...
|Want to buy a coffee plant? They had them!|
|He looks so professional...|
|Of course they had baked goods to go with all of the free coffee samples.|
Elizabeth's friend was/is obsessed with pastries, but this was so good I
can totally understand.
|Cute cookies for your coffee at another baked goods place!|
(P.S. Sorry my finger somehow made this shot. Proof I was there?)
They also had a random table for antiques. And they had our Oreo container for sale! I couldn't believe it! I doubt we paid that much. And I love the sign. That seems like a great thing to hang in your house...
Then we headed over to Anmok, the Coffee Beach (as I've taken to calling it), but they were really hungry so we actually ended up walking all the way to Beach to get burgers at Cafe Paul & Mary which they had heard about. I had thought Cafe Paul & Mary was at Anmok, but remembered once we walked a while that it was actually at Gangmun beach to the north. Last time I made that walk it took me around 20 minutes - though I'm thinking maybe 30-40 would be a better estimate now... I have learned I really suck at time estimation. But I do walk very fast too.
|And there, again, is the one Starbucks in Gangneung.|
They did not have seasonal lattes.
Still annoying. I've actually been pretty careful with what I eat here and have had fewer problems, but not this time. I've even had some ice cream-like foods here and been okay. I think it was the burger... I'll save my burger-eating for when I'm back in the States unless it comes from McDonald's here.
Finally, here are some other random pictures I've taken of everyday things that have just kind of struck me:
|On my way to work, right next to my apartment.|
|The spiders here are everywhere and they are HUGE. We're talking two |
|It was colorful and the lighting was nice. I have prepped and froze so|
many veggies I don't think I need to buy anymore for the rest of the year
(I kid not).
|On the way to work, near my apartment.|
|On the way to work one morning...|