The Mud Snail Fairy

by wiggs66

Carniverous Land Snail

Time to say goodbye to beautiful New Zealand. I started this trip anticipating muddy trails, but despite all manner of precipitation, I haven’t seen much in the way of mud here at all. Just the occasional trickle of weak tea down the trail, and miles and miles of glorious hiking. On my first day though, I did stumble across this Korean folk story, Ondoru Yawa, in the library of Auckland Museum. (It’s an age-old story, you know the one – lonely bachelor falls for a mud snail he finds in a field. Things go well for a while, then everything goes to pot. Finally, he turns into a blue bird, and the mud snail fairy is transformed into a bamboo comb…and so it goes.)

Perhaps the mud fairies have been looking out for my boots…