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  • Day52

    Seoul chez Les Blonds

    October 31 in South Korea

    Petite pause dans notre voyage pour aller passer 5 jours chez nos amis de Bangkok, Alizé et Lambert (aussi appelés Les Blonds), maintenant installés à Séoul ! 

    On ne vous cache pas que l'on s'est laissés guider à 100% et quel bonheur ! On a fait la fête, on s’est fait des supers restos, des crêpes au Nutella le dimanche (le meilleur ramen du monde peut aller se rhabiller face à une crêpe au Nut), et on a eu froiiiiid, c'est descendu jusque 2°C et clairement on n’était pas équipés !

    Nous nous sommes baladés dans plein de jolis quartiers traditionnels, avec des vieilles maisons reconverties en cafés ou petit magasins fancy, super chouette !  Et dans d'autres quartiers, on pourrait se croire à New York, avec ces grandes avenues commerçantes. C’est vraiment une ville immense, chaque quartier bouillonne et on a l’impression d’être dans l’hypercentre mais non toute la ville est comme ça : une agitation permanente.

    C'était le weekend d'Halloween et on ne pouvait pas le rater car les Coréens ne le fêtent pas à moitié. Tous le weekend nous avons croisé des gens maquillés et déguisés (à faire froid dans le dos), le samedi soir le quartier des bars débordait de zombies !!!

    Vous avez bien sûr entendu parlé de la K-pop qui fait fureur partout dans le monde (il faut quand même savoir que BTS le groupe de K-pop a la mode est 1er des ventes aux US depuis des mois (véritable Soft Power Coréen). Bref, on a pu voir des petites prestations amateurs dans un quartier étudiant, super bonne ambiance.

    Surtout, nous avons donc découvert que Séoul est la ville du divertissement ! Salles de jeux vidéo, practice de Baseball (voir vidéo), tous les bars ont des fléchettes, du babyfoot ou du "babybasket". C'est super marrant et on a bien remarqué que Les Blonds avaient de l'entraînement au regard des multiples raclées qu'ils nous ont mis ! 

    On s'est évidemment fait un barbecue coréen. Qu'est-ce que c'était bon, une viande très marbrée comme au Japon donc fondante… Le tout arrosé de Soju (spiritueux le plus consommé au monde devant Whisky, Vodka etc…). Bref super expérience.

    Et puis nous avons bien profité des copains, qui nous manquent maintenant qu'ils sont loin. C'était trop bien !!! Merci encore à vous deux les blondinets !

    On part maintenant pour l’Indonésie et plus particulièrement le Sulawesi (Les Célèbes),
    On vous embrasse !
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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 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 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.

  • Day60

    Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

    February 2 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.

  • Day101

    Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond

    March 15 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.

  • Day69

    Namsan Park & Seoul Tower

    February 11 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.Read more

  • Day90

    Mokpo

    March 4 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.

  • Day71

    Dora Observatory - View to North Korea

    February 13 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

    Food porn made in Korea

    September 6 in South Korea

    Fortunate as we were, we were able to go out for dinner every night of our stay in Seoul. We tried out three different kinds of Korean food (hot plate, hot pot and .... some sort of stir fry) and and the third night we decided to have some Jordian food which was also very yummy. Korean food is very heavy on meat and fish but there is also a variety of fresh vegetables and mushrooms to choose from. It's definately worth a visit. Ah yes, and by the way, food is cut using scissors, not knives. Even pastry in the bakery.Read more

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