Hey all, sorry this is a little late, it's been a hectic couple of days!
I'm so sorry this has taken so long, I've been busy with unpacking from my trip and helping Hae In decorate her new homeroom at school, which has thankfully saved me from being completely bored while deskwarming (though, to be fair, deskwarming for me means I get to sit at my desk and watch TV and FB message my friends all day. I promise I have a real job, I swear!)
Anywho, we got up early and headed to the train station on Wednesday morning, where an ahjumma decided to circle us like a vulture and stare at us. Like this: O.O
She even ended up across the aisle from us on the train. By chance or by choice, I'll never know. Busan is 5 hours from Seoul on the slow train, but thankfully she got off after like an hour.
We got to Busan and headed to our hostel
|the hostel had a cat. SO HAPPY|
Then we decided to explore the area, which was close to Haeundae Beach, one of Korea's most popular beaches
|They know how to decorate|
|eels. Males should eat them for their virility. Apparently.|
|low tourist season = space to walk in the markets!|
So yeah, there's that
|This is approximately the second drive thru|
I have seen in 6 months here
|about 97% of this is kimchi|
|This is 개금 market|
|yeah, they eat these too|
|it was delicious. We couldn't finish it all|
|it's crispy and filled with red bean paste|
|They ring this bell for new year's|
|No major Korean city is complete without|
an Admiral Yee Sun Shin statue!
|A war memorial|
Busan is one of the few places in Korea that wasn't destroyed in the war, so it wasn't rebuilt and therefore has kept it's haphazardly planned layout. That's why it looks a bit chaotic, whereas many other cities have a bit more of a modern structure to them.
|Lotte department store|
|Apparently decorating with cabbage is a thing in Korea|
Busan also wins for cool street decorations
|and then we were hungry so we stopped for cupcakes|
|This, sadly, is a statue meant to remind|
people of their mother's love when they come
here to commit suicide... :(
|we found the lighthouse. It was smaller than expected.|
And we couldn't go inside
Our next stop was 광안리 해수욕장 (Gwangali Beach), which has a beautiful night view. The bridge, Gwangan Bridge or the Diamond Bridge
|Peace signs for the win|
And then we met a dog on the beach!
The next day, we checked out a temple called 해동 용궁사 (Haedong Yonggungsa) temple. It's built into the cliffs! So here's a bunch of pictures of that...
|I'm the year of the ram/sheep|
|You rub him so he will bless you with a son|
|Apparently Koreans only wear sunglasses|
when they're on vacation. So Lauren and I
whipped them out whenever possible
|It was beautiful and sunny and wonderful|
|the cool bathroom signs.|
Near the Temple, there's a nice walkway that leads to some free museums. We happened upon a special exhibit that was all about fish in art. Yeah, I didn't know there was that much either...
We headed back to the city to head to the aquarium
|yes you read correctly. Jackass penguins.|
|we saw them feed the sharks and maybe look|
for shark teeth?
|shark feeding show|
|someone is taking liberties with these translations|
|trapped with the clown fish|
|I WAS SO TEMPTED TO BUY THIS|
|sarah was tempted as well|
|one of these just seems like it doesn't fit...|
or is it just me?
We checked out Haeundae Beach, which is so crowded in the summer that you can barely find space
Afterwords, we headed to a Hongdae-esque part of town for some BBQ, and then we went to an arcade. Yep, it was awesome. Though the way the guys there acted indicated to me that maaaaybe girls don't wander in too often. Always amusing.
Then we decided to get more food, so we found a place where you grill clams and scallops. It was interesting (I didn't eat a lot because I'm paranoid about seafood. What I did try was delicious!)
On Saturday, we took a bus ton Gwangju, a city famous for good food. Lauren's boyfriend is from there and was there for a long weekend (he's a doctor in the military), so he showed us around and took us to some delicious places to eat.
|of course we ended up at a noraebang.|
And then we slept in sunday and headed home. It still took us about 5 or so hours to get home on Sunday (damn Seoul traffic). It was a nice trip, and I'm glad I finally made it to Busan. The air is fresh and lovely there, and it's less crowded than Seoul during the off season, which was a nice change. I'd love to visit there a couple more times while I'm in Korea!
Hope all is well as we head into March!!!
Since I'm back in a Bigbang mood, here's another song that I love, Love Dust