Archive | January, 2013

New Year in Korea

3 Jan

After getting back from Seattle I had a full day of work then picked up my dog from the sitter and hauled ass to Seoul National University to catch my bus to Jeongsongjin. I recently discovered meetup.com and have gone to a couple of meetups where I went snowboarding, ice skating and now to the East Sea to watch the first sunrise of the new year. The organizer had gotten a deal on some tickets- similar to the group on deals in the states. We were in a standard coach loaded with university students and moms with their kids. We left at 11:00pm and it took us about 4 hours to get there including the one rest break. When parked about a 30 minute walk outside of Jeongdongjin since it was still early everyone sleot on the bus till 5am when they kicked us off and pointed us in the direction of town. In the dark there we were walk on the side of the road with TONS of poorly parked cara on either side of the road along with more cars trying to squeeze thru. Jeongdongjin is a cute place with a few quirky building – the life sized pirate ship coffee shop and the ocean liner resort hotel perched on the cliff. If your coming to see the sunrise, word is you want to be on the right side of the cliff with the ocean liner resort on it. There is a huge rock which everyone goes to stand on but the cops were kicking everyone off right as I goto the gate. The sunrise happened for a second so I just saw a sliver of the it so maybe next year. After that I had to hussle back for the bus which was leaving at 8:30am it took me an hour to get back due to the like minded crowds. At one point I looked over and saw a 13 year old fall off the edge of the road luckly the beach was what he fell into… you should have heard the grasps of the ajummas- a collective “OOOOOOOOOHH!!!”… haha then about 10 other boys did the same. Finally I reached the bus 10 minutes late… and there were only two other people. We finally pushed off around 9:15am then went to this sheep farm which at the time I could havae cared less about but it was actually really cool and gorgeous… still sooooo cold !!! Due to my poor choice in clothing it also meant I was slipping and falling on my ass all the way around the ridge but still a good way to kill an hour. Between traffic and the snow it took us 5 hours to get to Seoul. Good times tho. Ah! On a side note my pipes froze by the time Id gotten home. Word to the wise leave your heat on low and you bathroom tap trickling.

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