Thoughts From a Small Peninsula…
Friday, September 19, 2008
So as my vacation comes to an end I decided to write some things that you may find interesting (and in no particular order):
- Lonely Planet lies alot about distances and what they say “light” hiking actually is.
- Many “hotels” in Busan are really love motels, so be prepared to check in after 6pm or pay more money to check in at a reasonable time.
- I really miss the beach.
- Take an umbrella when you go to the underground lava tubes.
- There are times when I wish a had a traveling translator. Or at least the English translation at the bottom of the screen when someone from Jejudo speaks to me.
- Meryl Streep is not convincing at all as a “reformed” hippy chick.
- Masan is bigger than I expected and with its own Benz dealership.
- It’s really not normal to have tornados and hurricanes every year.
- The dak paper doll museum in Jejudo is a waste of money. $6 for 10 minutes if you stretch it out. And for an extra $10 you can make a doll but you can’t take it with you…it’s property of the museum. And no I just argued that if I make the doll I should get to take it home. The woman said no so I left without making one. :o(
- Use the Jeju airport as a transportation hub, it’s cheaper and faster.
- There really isn’t a Cinnabon in Jungmun. No matter what the signs say.
- I really hate getting into brand new book series because it’s at least a year until the next book comes out in hardback and at least another six months before it’s in paperback and I can buy it
- It was harder than I thought it would be to find postcards of Busan and Jeju.
- Yes I’m a Korean girl … the Teddy Bear Museum was fun, but I wouldn’t spend $10,000 on a teddy bear.
- You should bring more than one plug converter or else your camera batteries may die on you. And of course at the worst times possible.
- If I could take a bed from the Tapdong Motel I would…they’re really big, soft, and comfortable unlike my bed at SEV
- There’s a lot of older Korean people on the honeymoon island than I expected.
- I still hate mesquitos and spiders.
- The yellow and black scary spider (if you lived in Korea you know which one I’m talking about) makes extremely strong webs, I walked into one and it didn’t break.
- Be careful on the the steps in Jejudo, who ever made them didn’t make them even. Some are 2 inches tall, some are five inches tall, some are 4 inches tall and the heights are all random.
- Korean music videos are very very similar to old American and British music videos.
- I miss my apartment.
- Of course the greenhouse for cacti is the hottest one in botanical garden.
- You can cram a lot of high schoolers on an old bus.
- Some sand turns black when it gets wet.
- I was always on a bus when the sun went down and so I missed every single sunset in Jejudo – how is that possible?
- I met the Jejudo Tangerine. He was at the airport trying to get people to eat Jejudo tangerines
- Eventually I’ll put up all my pictures but first I need to get some developed.
- I felt like Alice in Wonderland when I walked through the kimnyeong maze, but obviously I made it out okay.
- Old Korean women can say the oddest things, especially about other people’s bodies.
- It’s funny to see the looks on people’s faces when they think I don’t speak English or Korean and I comment on what they just said.
- I still haven’t found Pochocco socks.
- The waterfalls in Jejudo are worth the long walks and bad stair cases.
- French style gardens apparently have gazebos and Italian-styled gardens in them.
- I saw a jack fruit that was bigger and weighed alot more than me. Seriously.
- How many things can you charge entrance fees for? And then charge other fees for?
And I think that’s the majority of random thoughts from this vacation.