Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Busan Adventure!

I'm back to work today...after 5 days off...and it feels pretty good. It's only a 3 day week (woop!) and I'm well rested after the Busan adventure.

We took the KTX train (the fastest one) down to Busan on Friday morning. Shortly after arriving at Haeundae Beach, we hopped into a taxi to see if the driver could find our motel. Turns out he didn't know where it was, so we hopped out. About a minute later (after crossing the street and after the taxi drove off), Justin realized he didn't have his wallet. Oh no! It was in the taxi! BIG oh no! SoooOOoo... long story short, we went to tourist information, met a great guy who translated to the police for us and helped Justin file a police report. After about an hour, when it was becoming clear he probably wouldn't get it back anytime soon, he got a call on his cell phone from his Korean bank. They had received a call from the guy who found his wallet in the taxi! Even better, he was a foreigner (not Korean/Native English speaker) and could meet us in Haeundae!

SO, after that small fiasco, we were able to settle down and have a great time in Busan. We made it to the beach twice, visited two temples, went for a couple of beach walks, and got to see the spectacle that is Jagalchi Fish Market.

Despite the masses of people typical in Busan this time of year, I had a great time. It was fun to people watch and take part in a very Korean beach experience. The temples we visited were GORGEOUS and definitely worth our time. I enjoyed the fish market, but would recommend to others that they visit in the morning. We went in the evening and things were kind of shutting down. Nonetheless, it was a wonderful vacation...and I even got a little sun on my cheeks!

Here is a sampling of the many pictures we took. If you want more, click HERE.

 Fresh off the train...Busan Station
Plaza in front of the station

POST wallet situation...it was time for a meal and a few jello shots(?) hahaha

Celebrating the good people in the world, like those who return wallets, 
complete with all of the credit cards and 400,000Won

 First beach experience--a quick walk...amidst thousands of people

 Umbrella City

All of that color on the beach?? UMBRELLAS.

I just liked this bicycle...

Saturday--up and ready to go to Yong Gung Temple, 
the only temple in Korea that is on the water


Gorgeous, no?

Pretty amazing, if you ask me.

We got there early enough that it wasn't TOO inundated with people


Very intricate...


Later that day, at the beach... see Justin out there floating?
It was 10,000Won to rent an umbrella and a floatie. 
You basically had to rent both. Definitely worth it.
A common sight--many beach goers completely covered themselves up. 
They even swam fully clothed.
I, on the other hand, got stared at for wearing a swimsuit. 
Or maybe it was my whiteness. Who knows.

After the beach, we headed to Jagalchi Market, 
and hit Busan Tower on the way.

Kind of unimpressive, but still kind of fun.

Water side of the market...I loved these fishies
 SUNDAY--Beomeosa Temple!
More typical of what temples look like here...but this one is HUGE.

And, in a gorgeous mountain setting

Many people were there for worship

After the beach, and a little more sun...dinner time!! HAPPY girl.

Nighttime at Haeundae Beach. Still pretty busy!

On the subway, Monday morning...heading back to the
station to catch our train. Sun kissed.

Seriously, a great vacation. I love being by the water...it just feels good. Couple water with lots of sunshine, and this is one happy camper. Again, if you want to see all of the pictures, click HERE!! I suggest you do that...there are some cute ones.

I'm listening to Bonnie Raitt, getting ready for work, and reveling in the life I have here and now. 

It's a good one, folks.

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