After many years
, I finally made it back for a little Mudfest drama. Despite all the reasons I want to hate Mudfest, I love it. In fact, I have found that the more someone doesn't want to go, the more they seem to fall in love with it when they arrive.
Of course, in three years a lot has changed. For example, there were actually clean people at the festival. I have no idea how this happens, but it does. They no longer have the endless mud tubs that they used to and it's possible to go the entire day clean as a whistle - which is a little sad but understandable.
A good change is that the festival has become much more integrated and, quite possibly, Koreans out numbering foreigners these days. With this change has come better parking, increased beach use and improved overall services - but MUCH bitter crowds. Despite there being more people, the balance between local and visitor seems to actually help keep the foreigner drama down to a minimum and create a much more mellow dynamic.
What has remained true through time is that a successfully Mudfest experience requires planning and attention to detail. If you don't get it right, you end up spending a lot of time standing in lines that could have been avoided.