(Pronounced: “gwaen-chahn-ayo”) is a Korean phrase that mean’s “It’s alright.” or “Is it alright?”, depending on the intonation. Anyway, it was definitely a phrase used quite a bit on the latest Mountainbeering adventure in Pohang, South Korea.
A crew of us including: myself (American), Brittany and Matt (Canadian) and Jay and Bong (Korean) set out on a gorgeous Sunday in November to hike up in one of Pohang’s forests and have a Mountainbeering picnic! Yes, one of our Korean friend’s name is “Bong”, it’s awesome.
It wasn’t the most intense hike in the world, but it was really fun for what Korea has to offer. We snaked our way through the forest paths and worked our way uphill to a spot that I frequent, nobody else had been here before, so it was nice to treat them to one of my favorite spots in the city. It’s a great view of the whole city, all the way out to the ocean!
We hung out for a while at the top. We opted for an array of beers to enjoy: Carlsberg, Budweiser, Black Stout, and Max…pretty much a grab bag of brew at the local convenience store. The afternoon was all about listening to music, seeing if the girls could do pull-ups (not successful), eating sandwiches, and enjoying each others cultural differences…I’m mostly talking about the Canadians on this one.
After the picnic, we high-tailed it through another part of the forest to another one of my favorite spots. There’s a cool swing that swings out over an embankment, it’s super fun to play around on, especially after considerable amounts of drinking…
In true Korea fashion, no Sunday adventure is complete without a trip to get some Korean Barbecue and then hitting up a karaoke room!!
Anyway, great Sunday-funday. However, when I think back to it my favorite part was definitely the top of the hill that overlooks the city. There is something about earning that first beer that makes it special, no matter how tasteless your options might be. Sometimes the lack of flavor in the beer makes you appreciate the people that are willing to let you drag them uphill to participate in this “Mountainbeering” thing they’ve never heard of before.
Thanks to Jay, Bong, Matt and Brittany, and congrats on becoming Mountainbeer-ers!
For Jay and Bong:
Jay 와 Bong 의 첫번째 Mountainbeering 의 한국여성이 되신것에 그리고 멋진 하루를 만들어 주신것에 감사드립니다.