Monday, May 18, 2015

KGSP - Vacation Part 1

Time for my scheduled Monday blog post. So after 8.5 months of constant Korean classes and minimal time off, we finally have vacation. And this is like, a real vacation too as it went for like a week and a half. So as a result I'm trying to make the most out of it and so this post will be a bit longer.

The language school at Keimyung did a few trips before and this time to celebrate the end of the spring semester we had a one day trip to Busan to kick off the first day of vacation. We went to only two places, both of which I've been to before, but it was a nice trip.

There weren't these many colours last time I was here though.

So we went to Yonggungsa first and then hit up Haeundae after lunch. Unfortunately it was a bit cloudy that day so the weather was kinda chilly so no one really wanted to go swimming. Except for one of my friends who decided to not care and swim solo in the ocean.

It seemed fun regardless and after a bit of just chilling on the beach and in and out of the shallow parts of the water I was like screw it and decided to just jump into the water with my friend too. Was colder than expected but also pretty fun.

Look at him so lonely out there.

After that day trip we returned to Daegu where I just had two days of just chilling in my room. It was nice to not have to worry about class or studying and I could just do what I wanted for a change. Got some gaming done and just had a bit of rest.

Thursday was the start of my Jeju trip though. I kept hearing good things about Jeju Island, so considering how we had time during this break, me and a friend decided to go to Jeju and we just returned today.

Why thank you.

Day 1 was pretty much arrival day. We arrived early evening and then made our way to our accommodation. We took some busses and after getting off at our designated stop, we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere in the dark.

So we were like hey, let's walk, but then we heard two dogs barking at us and all I could see were two dog silhouettes and their eyes reflecting light back at us and I was like, nope. Nope. Eventually we found a nice guy who drove us to our accommodation.

Pictured: No angry dogs.

Day 2 was the first day of actually sightseeing around the island. The first place we went to was to Ichulbong, otherwise known as Sunrise Peak. It was a small hike up to the top and we were greeted with a pretty vast view at the summit.

Afterwards we went to Udo which is a small island off the coast of Jeju. It was a pretty cloudy and foggy day, but it was still a pretty nice place to visit. We use the bus tour thing they had there to hit up some of the popular spots around the island.

Kinda jelly at the people who went on the submarine tour actually.

We also tried black pork barbecue that day too. That was alright. It tasted different than regular pork, but I can't really explain the taste difference. It was kinda subtle but it was alright. Not sure if it's worth the extra price though.

Day 3 was a bit less action packed as we just went to Manjanggul, a lava tube where you could walk down this cave and just check out how the lava used to run in Jeju, as it's a volcanic island. Afterwards we made our way to Jeju City and just walked around random places.

Pretty sweet cave and lava column. Shame pictures can't capture the scale of things properly.

Day 4 was the most tiring day of my life. Hallasan is pretty much the heart of Jeju, being the largest mountain in Korea and the main volcano that helped form Jeju. As a result it's a must visit because it's pretty significant.

Now, I knew it was going to be a long hike, but I didn't know it was going to be nine hours long. It took five hours to get up to the summit and then four hours to come back down. Man, I'm still like, reeling in the soreness from that hike. Was ridiculous.

Again, lack of scale. Was pretty, but not sure if it was five hours up mountain pretty.

Then today I came back to wonderful Daegu. Was a great vacation despite it being pretty tiring with all the walking. There's still a few days of vacation left to enjoy too, which is great. Plus another friend is coming to visit this week, so I'm gonna consider it part 2 of my vacation and head up to Seoul.

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