South Korea
South Korea

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  • Day1

    The Eastern Dream / Korea

    June 29, 2017 in South Korea ⋅

    Well it was time for me to go ‘From Russia with love’. The next part of my trip involved taking the once per week ferry from Vladivostock to Japan via South Korea - a journey that takes two days. The check-in at the Marine Terminal was chaotic - lots of Asian folk pushing and shoving to get on the boat first. A large group of Japanese were determined to get ahead, and their leader - I shall call her Hello Kitty - literally pushed folk out the way as she dragged great amounts of luggage into impossible spaces at the start of the queue. I tried to stand my ground but she pulled folk in front and frantically phoned others at the back of the queue to come up and join her.

    It was a lengthy process going through security and passport control. Of course I ended up with Irritable Irena from Immigration - non-smiling, she went through my passport over and over and kept saying ‘you are not here, you are not here’ looking for some kind of stamp. At one point I thought we were going to get the whole panto routine - ‘well if I'm not in Moscow, and I'm not in Ykaterinburg, I must be somewhere else - and if I am somewhere else, I can't be here.’ Next thing I knew two solidly built officials came over (both female), one with a sniffer dog who took some interest in my bag. ‘Sorry, Fido, but the strongest drugs I have in there are paracetomol.’ There was a lot of chat and I thought I heard the word ‘Gulag’ being mentioned, but maybe my imagination was just working overtime. Anyway, apparently Irena had been looking at the Belarus visa and not the Russian one and I was eventually waved through - without a smile. The only consolation was that I had held up the queue for 20 minutes, and Hello Kitty was right behind me - I tell you she was not a happy pussy!

    Eventually I got on board the DRS Cruise Ferry, Eastern Dream. All I can say is that it has seen better days. (Ken, I really don't think it is quite Celebrity Class!). Again I was booked 2nd class, which actually turned out to be a large room with 8 bunks with curtains, reading light and wash basin. When I saw the Economy class accommodation - dozens of Japanese and Koreans camped out on futons on the floor and enjoying picnics and card games, I was quite glad. Although the majority of the passengers were Asian, I noticed an American couple being shown to the Royal Suite. I had a peek in, and I could tell by their faces they were a little disappointed - no sign of canapés on the balcony! . Before we had left dock there was a big barney- two groups of middle aged Asian men and women screaming and pushing each other at the top of the main staircase - a true stairheed rammy! I was going to start clapping and shouting ‘fight, fight’, but I resisted.

    Finally we set sail. There were lots of announcements in Japanese and Russian but I couldn't make out a word until I realised it was the safety briefing on deck, but no one else seemed to be paying attention anyway. The only thing I could understand was Rod Stewart singing ‘I am Sailing’ as we pulled out of Golden Horn Bay and into the Sea of Japan.

    I tried to solicit some information in English at the Purser’s Desk. A drunk Japenese guy overheard me and said ‘Ah, England, England’. He was very animated and might have been on more than the vodka. I called him Super Mario. ‘Well, Scotland actually’ I said. ‘England’ he persisted ‘Manchester United, Liverpool’. I replied meekly ‘Queen of the South?’ and he looked bemused and returned to the bar.

    I had booked dinner in the restaurant and looked forward to a candle lit affair with a glass of wine and friendly banter with the Maitre D’. Sadly you were given a half hour slot to eat as much as you could from the buffet - a sort of Supermarket Sweep type of idea. I found I could not work out what most of the food was, and did not like the taste of anything, so I ended up with some boiled rice, sweet corn and tomato.

    The entertainment on board included a disco, a sauna and a karaoke (which was very popular). I sat on deck for a while watching the sun go down, as the ship sped towards Korea for our calling point at Donghae.

    The crossing was smooth and the next morning the sea was calm as we sailed into Korea. For some reason we all had to vacate our rooms, even if we were travelling on to Japan, and move to a different berth - very confusing, and again no English explanation - the joys of travel!

    Super Mario appeared looking the worse for wear and greeted me with a shout of ‘Chelsea!’ to which I replied ‘Patrick Thistle’ which seemed to shut him up.

    We docked in the South Korean port of Donghae at 11.30. There was the usual scramble to get off, with Helllo Kitty barking orders to her group. Those traveling on to Japan could get off the ship for about 4 hours so I took the chance to see a bit of Korea. To be honest, there wasn't much to see. By the time we got off the ship and cleared passport control (Republic of Korea stamp in my passport - yipee!) we only had about 3.5 hours. When I asked the lady at the desk what there was to see in Donghae she said ‘the caves, the caves’. So off I went to the local underground caves and, while it was interesting, when you've seen 20 stalactites …

    Donghae was a bit of a ghost town, but I thankfully found a brand new McDonalds with an interesting menu and wifi. Well, time to head back before I miss the boat for my next destination - Japan!
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  • Day79

    Garden of Morning Calm

    February 21, 2018 in South Korea ⋅

    A garden of lights we have visited today. It is our start to a 26-day trip through Korea.

    Wir sind zu einer 26-tagigen Rundreise durch Korea gestartet. Unser erster Stop war heute der Garden of Morning Calm.

  • Day95

    Yeosu - Odongo Island

    March 9, 2018 in South Korea ⋅

    After a rainy day yesterday we have explored Odongo Island and the city of Yeosu today. Odongo Island is a small island accessible by foot or bike only. The city was the host of the Expo 2012.

    Nach einem Regentag gestern haben wir uns heute Odongo Island angesehen. Es ist eine kleine Insel vor Yeosu die man nicht mit dem Auto befahren kann. Die Stadt an sich war Gastgeber der Expo 2012.Read more

  • Day60

    Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

    February 2, 2018 in South Korea ⋅

    The next volcano on the island we have visited today. It is located on a peninsula at the east coast of Jeju and part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage since 2007.

    Der nächste Vulkan auf der Insel stand heute auf dem Programm. Der Vulkan liegt auf einer Halbinsel an der Ostküste von Jeju. Seit 2007 ist er ein UNESCO Weltnaturerbe.Read more

  • Day101

    Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond

    March 15, 2018 in South Korea ⋅

    At night we visited the Donggung Palace including the Wolji Pond. It was one of our highlights in Korea so far. The view to the palace and the mirror lake was really great.

    Heute Abend haben wir dann noch den Donggung Palace besucht. Es war wirklich ein Highlight unserer Korea Rundreise. Die Spiegelung von dem Palast im Teich war wirklich super.Read more

  • Day69

    Namsan Park & Seoul Tower

    February 11, 2018 in South Korea ⋅

    The next hill of Seoul we have visited today. The Namsan Park is located in the middle of downtown Seoul and it is a nice hike up the hill. On top we had a great view of Seoul and the Han River. Below the Namsan Seoul Tower there is a small mall with a cool OLED Tunnel and a 3D area powered by LG.

    Heute haben wir den Namsan Park besichtigt. Es ist ein kleiner Berg mitten in Seoul auf dem auch der Fernsehturm steht. Auf dem Berg hat man einen netten Ausblick über Seoul. Im Erdgeschoss vom Fernsehturm ist eine kleine Mall mit einem OLED TV Tunnel und einem 3D Bereich. Es ist wirklich cool gemacht.
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  • Day90

    Mokpo

    March 4, 2018 in South Korea ⋅

    Today we have explored the city and the area around Mokpo. The city itself is not really nice but it has some really nice places at the waterfront and in the hills.

    Heute haben wir uns Mokpo und die nähere Umgebung angesehen. Die Stadt an sich ist nicht wirklich schön, dennoch gibt es ein paar nette Orte.Read more

  • Day71

    Dora Observatory - View to North Korea

    February 13, 2018 in South Korea ⋅

    The next stop was the Dora Observatory. From here you can see the border and the city of Gaesung located in North Korea.

    Der nächste Stop war dann das Dora Observatory. Von hier kann man die Grenze sowie die nordkoreanische Stadt Gaesung sehen.

  • Day3

    1st week: food!

    November 30, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    Op weg naar Seoul: 1e keer British Airways! Ze snappen dat 95% van de passagiers die in November van Rome nr Seoul gaan, Koreaans zijn. Korean hot pepper sauce bij dinner 👌 en als je na alle maaltijden en snacks nog met een honger zit, krijg je van de stewards een pot instant ramen!

    Lazy Fox, my home for the next two months. Je hebt ofwel morning of evening shift. Morning shift is van 11u tot wanneer je werk gedaan is (kuisen, was, bedden opmaken) meestal tegen 2u 😎 Evening shift is van 6u30 tot 22u30 (was, check ins) 1 day off in de week.

    Eerste week is voornamelijk werken, settelen, socializing, food, some shopping en noraebang (meer daarover in volgende post).

    In de Lazy Fox zitten er sowieso altijd al long term visitors, oftewel, mensen die hun job hebben opgezegd, rond reizen en blijven plakken in Seoul. In november zit er iets meer van dat volk. Mick komt al 3 jaar naar Seoul en zit er nu al 3 maanden. Hij kent dan ook alle goeie food spots in Seoul 👍🏻🥢🍛

    1 ervan is..

    Budae Jjigae of Army Stew : korean dish waarbij je kan kiezen wat je eraan toevoegt, o.a. stukken hesp, worst, iets wat in de jaren 50 vooral in de US Army bases in Korea werd gegeten. Korea in die tijd zat door de Korean War met een voedseltekort en 1 chef kwam toen op het idee om een stoofpotje te maken met het US vlees. Ziedaar het begin van Budae Jjigae!
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