The Haenyeo Diaries: Day 13

There are not many days when the Haenyeo Halmoni take a day off from diving, but that’s exactly what they did yesterday and today. The ocean tides were unusually fierce the last few days (possibly from the storm a few days ago?), so according to them, it was an easy decision to take the day off. But, of course, they couldn’t just do nothing on their day off. I found two of the younger Haenyeo (73, 77 respectively) cleaning and tidying up things around the workstation.

Here are some pictures of the middle-aged Haenyeo trying to tether some rope on the handle of her tool. Similar to threading a needle, it was a tag-team effort getting the handle knotted but we did it eventually.

Personally speaking, it was great seeing them out of their wetsuits and in their regular clothing. After cleaning up, the youngest Haenyeo went to the senior citizen center to spend time with other locals while the middle-aged Haenyeo went home to relax.


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