PURELY KOREAN

Quite easily one of the best experiences of my time here in Korea. If you want a truly authentic Korean experience, then I highly suggest staying a weekend on Jebu Island. This is an island you are able to drive to during the day, but in the evening when the tide comes in, you are stranded. Honestly, the road into the island gets covered, by the ocean in the evening and you are unable to leave it. Sounds like a great setting for a horror movie quite frankly.
Sean invited me to join him and his coworkers on this little excursion. English names are Arnold and Richard, two very sweet young men, who have lived in Korea their whole lives. Needless to say, if you want to be immersed in the culture you may want to invest in relationships with the locals. Richard picked us up in the early afternoon. He stated he wanted us to truly enjoy ourselves so we should stop by the local markets for meat and seafood so he may prepare us a hearty bounty for dinner. Not one to argue, I eagerly agreed.
​Richard was willing to drive us, and I loved the opportunity to see more of Korean through his vehicle. As usual Korea is breath-taking especially during the fall, so many trees, foliage, and crisp air.

S/N: Something you can’t do in Korea. The universal sign for honk your horn to truckers does NOT apply here…. we learned the hard way.



I live above a fresh market, and of course I’ve seen my share in America, but this market was abundant in copious amounts of seafood! All types! The locals were extremely friendly, and willing to answer questions. Richard did the ordering, we got shrimp, mussels and clams. We drifted toward a mini shop to pick up some more essentials: snacks, water, and alcohol… you know the essentials.
The rows and rows of seafood. All of the animals are alive and kept comfortable. Water pumps filter out the water and keeps the oxygen flowing.
The pension crew: Richard, Sean, and Arnold.

Driving around Korea, is heart-stirring. It reminds me a lot of Colorado. The hilly backdrop, the changing of the leaves, and the not so crowded traffic. Makes me miss home a little…

 

 

 


​Above: Our pension from the outside
Right: Pension on the inside.

These places are so cozy. You may notice there is only one bed on the top floor, even though there are three people. One or Two people get the bed while the others are on the floor.
Guess which one I got… yep the floor.
I preferred it, as it’s customary here for people to sleep on the floor with a blanket and pillow. Sean and I still have some getting used to… we woke up sore.


After some wayfaring around we stopped at a restaurant to rest and eat a quick bite. Quite possibly one of my favorite things about South Korea is the fact that most meals are shared here. Every time I eat out, its common to see couples, families, and friends order two or thing things and share everything. In our case we ordered one large bowl of delicious clam and noodle soup. Enticing after a chilly walk.
​Not long after out appetizing meal had we drifted back to our pension. Ready and eager to play a bunch of games. We started with Jenga, which is always a great ice breaker. Soon we were laughing wildly, breaking each other’s backs, and never running out of things to chat about. Some of the games we played included:

  • Hide and Seek
  • Guess the Pose
  • Who drank what

​However soon after playing games we were hungry.

Richard is a rock-star! He prepared and cooked our feast of seafood.
Arnold was very kind in bringing his family’s kimchi, and rice.
There’s something spell bounding, about keeping warm around a grill. The air around us is bitter and crisp. We watch our breath dancing in motion with the smoke from the grill. We sit on a cold bench, pining to eat right away. It’s not long before we are full and ready to unearth the island some more in the dark.

Sean and I are beside ourselves to see the bridge covered by the sea. We clean up out dinner and start toward the bridge.
Not to our surprise, the bridge has been closed. Don’t know why we expected to just walk straight to the bridge and start walking on water.


All in all, I’m sure reading this… this doesn’t sound like an impressive trip, but that’s the best part about it. It truly was. We didn’t need to spend a lot of money. We enjoyed each other’s company and learned more about each other and each other’s culture.
I’m overjoyed to have had the opportunity like this and look forward to many more.
If or when you come to Korea readers, please make sure you take the time to do something as humbling as this.

Love and Peace.

​Brittany.

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