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  • Day15

    Haesindang Park

    June 15, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Heute morgen hieß es für uns wieder rein ins Auto und weiter in den Norden. Wir hatten eine Strecke von insgesamt ca. 300km vor uns.
    Nach ca. 200 km hatten wir einen Stopp geplant im Haensindang Park (auch genannt Penispark). Zu diesem Park gibt es auch keine kurze Legende, also wen es nicht interessiert einfach nach unten gehen und Bilder gucken.

    Die im Park befindlichen Statuen erinnern an die tragische „Legende von Auebawi und Haesindang“. Laut dieser Legende ließ ein Mann seine Frau auf einem Felsen im Meer zurück, während dieser arbeitete. Aufgrund eines Sturmes konnte er seine Frau nicht retten und sie ertrank. Dies führte dazu, dass die Bewohner des anliegenden Dorfes keine Fische mehr fingen. Manche Menschen sagen, dass dies wegen der ertrunkenen Frau geschah. Eines Tages erleichterte sich ein Fischer auf dem Meer und fing daraufhin Fische. Der Legende zufolge erfreute sich der Geist der ertrunkenen Jungfrau dem Anblick des männlichen Gliedes. Um die Seele der Frau zu beruhigen fertigten die Dorfbewohner hölzerne Schnitzereien von Penissen an und hielten religiöse Zeremonien ab. Nach und nach kehrten die Fische an den Ort zurück und die Bewohner des Dorfes konnten wieder ein komfortables Leben führen.

    Am späteren Nachmittag ging es für uns weitere 100 km Richtung Norden. Den Abend verbrachten wir am Strand, leider nicht im Wasser, da wir wieder nur eine Außentemperatur von max. 20 Grad hatten.
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  • Day1

    The Eastern Dream / Korea

    June 29, 2017 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    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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  • Day209

    On wet and hilly roads

    October 5, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    After Chuncheon we continue riding hilly roads towards the east, in a humid and chilly weather. We nevertheless persist in camping, finding correct spots that we often share with wild boars and squirrels.
    The evenings are short, we go to "bed" (i.e. our tents and camping mattresses !) early. But we get along well and pursue our discovery of Korean food (I love especially all the side dishes brought along the main dish. Perfect for hungry cyclists).
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  • Day207

    A nice birthday surprise in Chuncheon

    October 3, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    After around 120 km, first following straight cycling lanes, then winding roads and forbidden tunnels (to avoid the steepest hills), we reach the surroundings of Chuncheon.
    At lunch, we give ourselves a pizza treat. It is a bit expensive but today is my birthday after all ! And pizzas happen to be quite tasty in Korea.
    Another afternoon surprise is to bump into a French guy I had met earlier in Seoul, while riding along a river in a park next to Chuncheon ! Ben is spending the week-end here with Sangsu, a Korean art teacher he met through Couchsurfing. To start with, we just chat and take a few pictures to celebrate this encounter, but a few hours and messages later... We are invited to spend the night at Sangsu's grandmothers's apartment. Probably a better option than the camping spot we still had to find, outside of the city, in the dark... Thanks to this unexpected invitation, I can also enjoy a warm shower the evening of my birthday ! Comforting after a first wet camping night outside of Seoul. We also go out for dinner to try out "dak galbi", a delicious marinated and fried chicken specialty from Chuncheon.
    The evening goes on nicely, all gathered in a comfortable little room at the grandma's condo. Ben and Sangsu were even so sweet as to bring me a birthday cake from the bakery "Paris Baguette". What a nice encounter ! Thanks my lucky star, for making me bump into lovely people, at the perfect moment.
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  • Day210

    Temple stay & autumn leaves in Seoraksan

    October 6, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Our first stop from cycling is in Seoraksan, one of the many national parks Korea has to offer. Following the recommendations of Hilshien and Auke, we want to spend the night in a temple (Like in China, mountains being considered holy places, they are as much visited for worship than for hiking). So we leave our bicycle and luggage at the bottom and start hiking at the end of the day.

    We arrive at a temple complex a bit late, among many other tourists/pilgrims (who themselves came by bus...). Between the tea/coffee shop, the souvenir shop, the praying halls, it takes some time to find the right person to talk to. Then we find out that staying overnight is much more expensive than we thought ! But upon seeing our sad faces, the monks offer us a discount. We can stay and eat three meals of monks' food at a reasonable price. The room is small but tidy and comfortable (korean/ japanese style : mattresses to unfold on the floor). It feels good to have a shower and to sleep in a warm environment, after several humid camping nights...

    The following morning, we hike up to a viewpoint, enjoying the autumnal landscapes. Golden/ red leaves, old mossy trunks, fast moving clouds. The korean hikers seem to be serious about their gear, equipped with good brands from head to toe. The older folks are also in good shape and walk a swift and steady pace. It is among a sea of clouds that we reach the peak. From there we can see the "Yellow Sea" and the eastern coast of Korea : our next destination !
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  • Day20

    Vladivostok - Donghae, Tag auf See

    November 6, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    D Eastern Dream vode Koreanische DBS fahrt vo Vladivostok via Donghae in Südkorea nach Sakaiminato in Japan.
    Alles funktioniert riibigslos und s Meer isch ruhig. Zum Glück, weg Nordkorea muess sie nämlich recht wiit ufs offene Meer use.

    Südkorea wär ursprünglich gar nöd ufem Plan gsi, mir händ direkt uf Japan welle. Aber denn hämmer gfunde, wämmer z Südkorea sowieso aaleged, wieso nöd uusstiige?
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  • Day21

    Donghae - Sokcho

    November 7, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    E relativ ruhigi Nacht (bitz gschwankt hätts scho, aber isch guet gange), 1.5h Verspätig, lang aastah bide Iireisekontrolle, es Taxi zum Bus Terminal, en Bus nach Gangneung, en andere Bus nach Sokcho... und de Tag isch ziemlich ume.Read more

  • Day212

    Nuit revigorante dans un "jjimjilbang"

    October 8, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Et la solution pour être de nouveau propre mais aussi passer la nuit au chaud (je me suis enrhumée lors des nuits de camping) est...le jjimjilbang ! Il m'aura fallu un petit temps pour comprendre qu'il fallait d'emblée deux "J" pour les trouver sur Depuis, je ne cesse de saouler David avec : "oh un jjimjilbang par-ci, un autre par-là ! Si on y allait ?"
    Mais je ne lai pas convaincu. Nous tombons d'accord pour que j'expérimente seule avant de l'embarquer dans cette aventure. Nous nous séparons donc pour la nuit. J'entre dans ce qui est donc un bain public coréen, en l'occurrence dans un immeuble en plein centre de Gangneung.

    A un étage, ce sont les bains pour femmes : dans le plus simple appareil, on se lave en se frottant vigoureusement, chacune assise sur son tabouret en plastique devant un "poste de lavage" : robinet, douche, seau, miroir, avant d'aller se prélasser dans des bassins à différentes températures et diverses salles de sauna ou hammam. C'est plus ou moins grand et luxueux selon le jjimjibang (et le prix d'entrée). Crèmes hydratantes, cotons-tiges, sèche-cheveux sont mis à disposition de ces dames. Chacune apporte aussi ses produits de beauté/lavage, à transporter dans un petit panier en plastique.

    Mais le Graal pour l'itinérante que je suis est aussi la salle de repos, à un autre étage : c'est une vaste pièce commune où, comme les bains sont ouverts 24h sur 24h, on peut même passer la nuit : sur de vastes tatamis on étale son matelas et sa couverture. On trouve aussi une télé, des mangas et autres livres (meme si en coréen ça m'intéresse peu...),des fauteuils massants, un bar où commander à boire ou à manger, d'autres salles étranges sur les côtés : une ressemble à une fausse grotte toute chaude décorée avec du gros sel et des étoiles de mer (?). Le jjimjilbang semble donc être le moment regression/ bien être par excellence : on dort, on lit des BD, on prend soin de soi, dans un environnement surchauffé digne du ventre maternel. Tout chaud mais pas nécessairement calme. Au cours de la soirée puis nuit, de plus en plus de gens arrivent. Crevée et un peu malade, je m'endors sans peine dès 20h30, malgré un vieux qui s'est assoupi devant la TV sans l'éteindre. Mais lorsque je me réveille au milieu de la nuit, je suis surprise de voir la salle remplie de nouveaux dormeurs ! Pourquoi les Coreens, qui eux ont une maison, viennent-ils dormir ici ? Mystère. En tous cas, j'ai pour ma part apprécié de me laver, me détendre, faire ma lessive, profiter des prises et du wifi et dormir dans ce cocon... C'est toute revigorée que je retrouve David le lendemain matin. Lui a campé dans une forêt au bord de la plage. Nous fêtons nos retrouvailles avec un petit-dej au soleil !
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  • Day81

    Biathlon Men's Relay

    February 23, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

    Today we visited the Biathlon Relay. At the end we were celebrating a bronze medal. It was our last event at the Olympics, but at least for the Paralympics closing ceremony on 18th March we will go to Pyeongchang once again.

    Heute haben nochmal Männeerstaffel im Biathlon angefeuert. Am Ende hat es zur Bronze Medallie gereicht.
    Es war der letzte Wettkampf den wir uns live bei dieser Olympiade angesehen haben. Spätestens zur Abschlussfeier der Paralympics am 18. März werden wir allerdings zurück nach Pyeongchang kommen.
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  • Day73

    Austria House - Pyeongchang

    February 15, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ -4 °C

    Awesome night today: We have arrived at Pyeongchang :) and made a trip to the German and Austrian House. As the German House is very exclusive we were not able to go in but the guys from Austria let us in. We had some really, really good Käsespätzle and Kaiserschmarrn and met a lot of very nice people there. The Austrian backer gave us some fresh baked bread. The first real bread since we have started our trip! A big thanks to Günther!!!
    At the end the bar sponsored some Mozart Liquor. You should try that! All in all a very great evening. Austria you are great :)

    And of course a big thanks to Amelie who showed us around in this area.

    Ein wirklich cooler Abend heute: Wir sind in Pyeongchang angekommen und waren am Deutschen und Österreichischen Haus. Leider ist das deutsche Haus sehr exklusiv weshalb wir leider nicht rein könnten, allerdings haben uns die Österreicher ins Haus gelassen. Wir hatten super leckere Käsespätzle und noch besseren Kaiserschmarrn. Zusätzlich hat uns der Österreichische Bäcker noch mit frisches Brot gesponsert. Es ist unser erster richtiges Brot seit Anfang Dezember. Vielen Dank Günther!!!
    Am Ende gab es sogar noch ein paar Schnäpse aufs Austria Haus. Ihr solltet mal Mozart Chocolate Likör probieren!Österreich ihr seid super!

    Und natürlich auch noch ein großes Dankeschön an Amelie. Ohne dich wären wir wohl nicht dorthin gekommen. ;)
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Gangwon-do, Γκάνγουον-ντο, 강원도