Unexpected, unplanned trip to Pusan
Thanks for all your welcoming and being interested in my blog. It seemed as if I started my blog with a bang. I will try to respond your comments as much as I can at the end of the entry.
Hello Jim. Thanks for welcoming! Wow! you have been to Korea? I hope you had a good time. I really don’t know where you took the photo. I guess it might be in Kyeng-ju. I visited Kyeng-ju, which is a cultural city, and I remember I saw a huge buddha statue somewhere. Hope I’m right.
The following is about my trip to Pusan. I didn’t really take pictures of the landscapes while I took many pictures of my friends and me, so I am sorry I can’t show you everything about Pusan. However, whenever I take pictures, I realize that our eyes cannot be compared to the world best camera. If you have a chance of coming to Korea, this is one of the must-see cities, so, visit here and make pictures with your eyes.
It was a last minute decision to go to Pusan. I finished my final exam the last Sunday. I was sick and tired of being at the collage residence after having done all the work for the semester. So did my friends. So, we just decided to get away from Seoul and go to somewhere far away from the familiar city. The place we decided on was Pusan, where my friends had never been before and I just had visited once. As you might expect, we really didn’t know what we would find out, but the idea of going to “never been city” thrilled us to bits.
We caught the train at 10:30 at night. It was a night train. I never expected I would see so many people the small hours on the train. It took us 6hours to get to Pusan. In fact, you can catch a fast train and it takes only about 2 or 3hours. The long journey was fun, though. We did long lists of chatting and catching up with each other.
At last, we arrived in the Pusan Station at 4.30 in the morning. I really wanted to see sun rising from the beach. If it hadn’t been for the clouds, it would have been a fantastic start for the trip. Sadly, it was quite cloudy, come to think of it, the sun seemed to be already in the sky somewhere.
After having light breakfast, we headed to Taejongdae. I will show you some pictures of it. It’s a wonderful place to take a walk. Actually, I saw quite a lot of people walking up. From a distance it looks like a small mountain, but it is a cliff.
After this place, I went to some other famous places such as the place where the international film festival took place, the huge fish market, and the beach with the Gwang-An Bridge which has pretty lights at night. We started the day at 4.30 and the day was really long, and it was very hot, temperature was about 30 degrees. So, next day, we decided to have fun on the beach.
Haeundae is one of the famous beaches in Korea, and you cannot imagine how many people actually come here for holidays. When it’s the season for sea-bathing or sun-bathing, whatever, you would say that there are half people and half water in the sea. I wouldn’t really like being there with too many people. Fortunately, I think we were there at the right time. We really didn’t go into the water as the water was quite cold, then we walked along the beach with bare feet and played with the sands just like children. Near the beach there is an island called Dongbeksum, where you can also take a walk through with feeling a nice sea breeze and it’s leading to Nurimaru APEC House.
As I said in the previous blog entry, Pusan is the second biggest city in South Korea. I could feel that this city has something to draw people’s attention. I loved hanging around the old fashioned fish market, but also I liked going shopping in the big department store. I wished I could live in the apartment where you can look over the sea. It’s kind of being in a city with nature.
That was my short journey story. I hope you enjoyed it. I really wanted to help you to draw some pictures on your mind about Pusan. I always find it difficult to make descriptions in English. So, I’ll leave it to your imagination.
Here we are for the comments!
It really surprised me to see so many comments on the first entry. Thanks for all the encouragement and interests. I’m afraid I won’t be able to respond all your comments.
First of all, Nice to meet you all Koreans out there, especially, Hyoshil, Hwajung and Sook. I know how you feel about having been away from home country. Last year when I was in England I really missed being surrounded by the familiar things which I had never appreciated and coming back here and seeing such things was great, but don’t feel homesick and enjoy your life there as well.
About the weather in Korea
There are four seasons. Now it’s summer when we have a rainy season, monsoon for a month. After this one month, the weather is going to be very hot. It’s always best to stay at home surrounding yourself with cool air at this time, but it also can be fun going for a swim. Autumn comes from September to November, and winter is normally from December to February, and it doesn’t snow all over the country equally, like Pusan which is located in the south of S. Korea, you hardly see snows. I just say that the snow in the picture was actually about 40 centimetres in depth, but that much snow is not normal to see in Korea.
About my summer school
Even though I’m studying biology, I’m giving myself the chance to study something different. I’m taking the course titled as human migration and mobility in a Global Era. I should have time to talk about this course later on. The university also provides lots of stuff to engage the students with this summer semester such as Korean food festival, visiting cultural places, some city tours, parties and so on.
About the rest of questions
I might be able to write about Ginseng. I will see what I can talk about it. Alessandro, actually, the football player I mentioned is in the Manchester United F.C in England. He is a hard-working person, and I think he deserves his position.
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