About This Blog
Travel is one of my biggest passions! I want to experience every corner of the world, while hopefully meeting and inspiring people and learning all about their unique beliefs or ways of life. Whether it's on a farm in Tennessee or walking along the Great Wall of China, these experience shape my life, and I'd love to have them shape your views, too!
Currently, I'm completely in love with Gwangju, South Korea where I'm teaching English to Korean kindergartners! My students are learning a lot, but what is especially wonderful is the amount they are teaching me!
I'd love to feature any destinations or special events or people from anywhere in the world, so if you have any suggestions, please drop me a line! I promise I'll always respond! :)
- Category: Blog
- Published on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 08:23
- Written by Calen
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Last weekend, I went on an amazing (and DIRTY!) adventure! The Boryeong Mud Festival is known all throughout Asia and the world! The annual festival celebrates the naturally occurring mud that is "harvested" from the area and used for highly sought after cosmetic products. The goal of the festival is not only to advertise the precious mud, but also to educate Koreans and foreigners alike to the benefits of this natural product.
Me after being painted with mud!
Photo by World Peace Initiative (check them out, they are doing really cool work throughout Korea!)
Boryeong is about two hours by bus up the coast from Gwangju. I got lucky and found a group leaving from Gwangju, which I was about to join up with. We spent the whole day at the festival, painting ourselves with mud, partaking in mixed drinks from pouches, and mud wrestling!
Beautiful fireworks set off at night! One of the perks of going on the first night of the festival!
Credit to a member of Mannam Gwangju
It was an absolutely glorious and incredibly muddy experience, one that I would recommend to anyone who finds themselves in South Korea during the middle of July!!
Meet the Author
Hello there! My name is Calen Cygan. I am 22 years young, and I'm a proud Pitt alumni! I have a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology, so I wholeheartedly want to engage in participant observation, in every sense.
I love meeting new people and trying new foods. I hope to make foreign languages not so foreign. I thrive on adventure, and I have a desire to constantly grow, learn, and evolve. Travel is thrilling and wonderful for me, as it encompasses all of my passions into amazing experiences.
I hope to one day earn my PhD in Linguistic Anthropology and become a professor. Until then, follow me on my journeys all over the world!
Me in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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