We rented a car, since everything we were seeing was very far apart.
There wasn't a GPS system, which freaked Hye Jin out. But, she had her Iphone and we used that for our GPS and I became the navigator. That really meant that the iphone told me in Korean what to do and I stared at the map hoping to get it right. Luckily, we never got lost. And we only made one wrong turn, around a round-a-bout ending up in the same spot we started.
Our first stop was Duryun Mountain in Haenam. We took a cable car up the mountain.
Here's the view from the cable car.
We hiked up the many stairs to the top of the mountain, which doesn't really seem to count since we didn't hike all the way up. But, that's ok too.
Just kidding. It was extremely uneventful. Our classes were cancelled, but there was barely any wind or rain, even though we were supposed to get something like a foot of rain in a couple hours. The typhoon passed us completely.
But, clearly, did not completely pass Haenam or Jeju Island.
We then headed back down the mountain, saw a couple of adorable girls playing as we waited, and headed to lunch.
When we entered the room, there wasn't a table. They brought it in later with the meal and side dishes.
See look, there's my foot.
The side dishes were really good as well.
As I was eating it, Hye Jin said, "Oh that's jellyfish."
And I said, "WHAT?!"
And apparently looked extremely shocked.
She said, "I thought you knew."
But, I most definitely did not!! I accidentally ate jellyfish.
And I liked it.
So I ate more of it. Not something I ever would have thought I'd say.
We also went to this bridge that is usually lit up at night, drove about an hour to get there and it wasn't lit up. Lame.
However, I realized I hadn't been anywhere that was completely dark in a long time. I never really thought about it before, but living in Gig Harbor, there are a lot of places that have few or no streetlights. But, not in Seoul, since it's one of the biggest cities in the world. My apartment is in a nice area that doesn't have a ton of traffic or people, but it doesn't get dark. The road we were driving one was completely empty and dark, which was very nice to finally see after however many months (19! ACK!) I've been here. I was feeling very at ease. Hye Jin was scared about driving without other cars around or streetlights.
The waitress asked me if I was Russian, because I have blue eyes. Interesting...
We then took the bus back to Seoul. It was a great trip, pretty relaxed, even with no Mary Beth the GPS system to lead us astray and to the end of a dock in the middle of nowhere.