As our last weekend before the craziness starts, the school organized an optional tour of some of the island sites. A number of us new staff opted in for a full, but awesome day.
We left the school at 930. Our first stop was the Manjanggul Lava Tube (). The tube is one of the largest lava tubes in the world and is 7.4 long. Roughly 1 km of the tube is open to the public. Currently the weather is really hot on the island with 25°C being the night time low, but when you descend into the lava tube, temperatures drop down to 11-13°. I'd never been in a lava tube before and it was really cool to see how the molten rock had shaped the walls and ceiling. A truly awe-inspiring site.
|A bunch of us Teacher Dons chilling in the Tube. We we all felt the need to hunch over, we don't really know. Photo by random tourist.|
|The section of the tube open to the public ended in this lovely rock formation.|
|At the base of the "Peak."|
|View looking out over the small town.|
|A friend and I standing proudly, and very sweatily, at the top. Photo by random Korean.|
|So happy to have made it!|
|View back down the stairs.|
|The cove where the Haenyeo women gave their little performance.|
|Display of sea-things caught by Haenyeo. I touched them. Some were moving.|
|Haenyeo women. There are only about 100 left. The oldest is ~83 and the youngest ~54. It is a dying occupation.|
|I opted for a picture with one of these amazing women.|
Love and hugs.