D47 . 0ct 17 . Tea for Two

Boseong. This town is the gateway to a tea plantation, spectacularly set on a hillside covered with curvy rows of manicured green tea bushes.Capture d’écran 2013-10-17 à 13.29.21  Capture d’écran 2013-10-17 à 13.30.02

Tea – and especially green tea – is a basic in the country. Though, it looks like Koreans have taken to coffee: The number of gourmet coffee shops has mushroomed by ten times since 2006, from local chains such as Angel-in-Us and Cafe Bene (and their excellent waffles), to imports like Starbucks… Very far from the daily reality of those men and women below.

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FIrst we got lost in the tea plantations. Not one single tourist on the roads.

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On the way back, in the Boseong local bus, as we were trying to find out if it was the bus coming back to the bus terminal, we met with a surprising woman. She had been a teacher in Buffalo, NY. Probably in University since she was specialized in post-colonialism and feminism. At some point she missed her native culture, and came back to that hole, Boseong, Korea. She is now learning about the Mesopotamian cultures, to reach “Universalism”, as she said…

 

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