When Daniel returned from the bathroom, I told him my story. “What if I can’t find her at the bottom?” I panicked. “She’ll never get her pants back!”
Daniel grinned and lovingly put his arm around my waste. “Honey, she knows you won’t be able to find her. She has no intention of getting them back.”
I didn’t understand why these people carry cake when they exercise. Or why they overdress to the point of being miserable. Or splurge on fancy gear. Or openly mock strangers in public.
But I could open my heart to a people who give away their possessions with no expectation of having them returned. And for the first time, a deep fondness for the Korean culture budded inside me.
If You Go
Trails and tourism in Hallasan National Park: http://www.hallasan.go.kr/english/
Activities around Jeju Island: http://www.ijto.or.kr/english/