....is a yeasty irish cake that we eat
around halloween. I'm a yeasty irish gal
..yeasty meaning: youthful; exuberant; ebullient.

10.06.2007

jeju do etc etc

For Chuseok (korean thanksgiving) Louis and I headed off to Jeju-Do, a small island 5 hours ferry ride off the coast of Korea. When we arrived in Jeju do (which is supposed to be a tropical paradise!) it was gray and rainy and nothing like what we expected! Everyone has told us that jeju is unlike any place in korea blahblahlbhahb but i swear to you, every town that i have been in, in korea, looks exactly the same! Little dirty coloured apartments from the late 70's lining the road with 3 convenient stores, 6 restaurants and something else mixed in. well, i'm exaggerating a bit, but seriously, the towns in jeju looked just like the towns i had been in that morning before catching the dang ferry, so it was bit of a surprise. So off we went anyway on our adventure around the island. We took a bus through the north coast and stayed at a little village on the north east side where there was a volcanic crater that you could hike up and see. it was pretty interesting and beautiful, but of course there were speakers everywhere pumping out bad bad bad music (like chim chimmy chim chim from mary poppins!!!!). Because i'm a prat and wouldn't stand in the road with my thumb out louis hitched us a ride with a nice family in a large car and we got them to take us down the east coast and to a traditional korean village. In July, a few of us went to a very well known korean traditional



house in the traditional village

near Andong in the center of Korea, there we stayed with a little grandmother who owned a minbak (a small room for rent). That traditional village was really touristy and even though there were koreans living and working and doing their thing in the village it still felt like it was ok to be there. THIS village on jeju do was pretty much the opposite. Even though we saw a tour group being led around, we felt sooooo intrusive and didn't feel like we should be there at all. So off we go again hitchhiking to another area where there were lava tubes under the ground (oh did i mention that this used to be a volcanic island) . These tubes where giant hollowed out caves that the lave created (i'm guessing here i really don't have much of an idea) so we were able to go inside them and walk around. Of course they were spectacular, soooooo huge and interesting looking but of course of course there were the speakers, blaring music (this time bossanova maybe for those that didn't appreciate the earlier elevator music) and coloured lights everywhere! bahhhhhhhhhhhh. korea always does this!!! Dresses everything up in the most ridiculous way!!! From there we hitch hike some more because this was a week ago i can't even remember now what people picked us up. But anyway they brought us to a little town on the south coast where we rented bikes and started biking around the south side

of the island. I just have to insert something here that is driving me nuts... BLOGGER I HATE YOU! these templates suck and i wish i remember how to do html so i didn't need to use them because i can't get the pictures to go where i want them to go EVEN THOUGH there is this drag function! bahhhhhhhh.... sorry.... ok... island, hitch hiking biking and we find ourselves on a beautiful beach where we camped for the night and swam in the morning. I felt soooo lucky at this point! Being on a beach at the end of September, swimming in the salty ocean getting new freckles, being with the boy that i'm madly in love with etc etc, but as soon as we started biking the next day it wore off, but onlyyyy when biking uphill! biking down hill was like having renewed faith in myself and mankind and not thinking about how much i hate biking or how out of shape i must be (my uphill biking thoughts along with, ohhh where are the shards of glass on the road, i'm going to pop my tired and then i don't have to do this muuuuhahahaha...)
another interjection that this template sucks and i can't move the picture below to the right friggen side of the screen! aughhhh...

Anyway..... that's it for jeju do/our last vacation from school!!! 11 more weeks kids! yeee haw! i really don't feel like i'm ready to leave korea, but ohhhh my god am i ready to leave my freaking job!!! I have finally made some gym friends! After three months at the gym someone finally talked to me!!! woo hoo!! My gym is not frequented by foreigners so it was a tuff one to make friends at! Anyway, one is my hot yoga instructor (who i totally think is a lesbo! but she tells me she loves men....hrm...) and the other one is a girl from the yoga class. We three hung out this week and even though their English is limited (especially hot not lesbo instructor) we hung out talking for 3 hours! All right, it's Saturday and i'm off to the gyno! there is your mental picture for the day boys and girls... muhah...

god speed.

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