A fun way of drawing attention to your cause – make a costume out of balloons. Hey, at least it’s light for the person that has to wear it…
The event began by registering (something I had already done online). After arriving in-person, I received an orange towel (complete with the BBB logo) and a brochure with schedule and map. The brochure encouraged us to get a sticker at each of different stops to show we’ve completed the walk – partially for a souvenir and partially for a free sandwich 🙂 The main event was to walk the Cheongyechong stream for a couple kilometers, then turn around and come back on the other side, walking and talking with people along the way. Total walking distance: 5.8 kilometers (2.63 miles), but as you can see below, however, there were quite a few other things to do:
Belly dancing was exactly as you’ve seen in the United States – and they were pretty good too. They didn’t seem distracted or fazed by the throngs of Koreans gawking or foreigners taking pictures (I, of course, was taking pictures for, um, for the blog, YEAH, the blog…).
A little later, my attention was drawn to a small group of women doing yoga poses. While the crowd of walkers were encouraged to stop and enjoy the performances, only a minority did so, and most for just a few fleeting moments…
While walking, I enjoyed some conversation with a few different Koreans, one of which offered some advice on getting a Master’s degree while here in Seoul. It’s something I’ve been considering, and would offer an opportunity to teach English at a university or elsewhere in the world, if I chose to travel.
After arriving back at the finish / start line (Cheonggye Plaza), I collected my sandwich and a prize (a tanso, or Korean flute), then found a seat to enjoy some international music and dance performances. The first one I saw was a group of Indian dancers:
A Polish mazurka (link goes to a description and music samples):
A B-boy group (very popular here):
Some traditional Korean musicians:
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