The other day a group of us decided to tackle Wolchulsan in Yeongam in the early hours of the morning. Thanks to its mountainous landscapes, hiking is one of the most popular national sports in Korea hence its trails are highly populated by brightly multi-colored ahjummas and ahjussis.
The results although satisfying, was quite shameful. We having not been exercising frequently in our daily lives were short on breath quickly as the older generation of climbers whisked by with total ease. Despite the brief agony it was so refreshing to get away from the city and to breathe in the untainted air one again.
I am constantly amazed by the power of middle aged people in Korea. They seem to have considerably more strength and willpower than other people in the world don’t have. I constantly compare them to my mother who usually plays the agony card to prevent herself from doing outdoor activities… while a teacher I worked with lifted a large table with her bare hands, WHILST she was pregnant. Legend.
Sorry western mums, but you need to come here and see how it’s done.