Last week LCI had summer vacation. Fred and I decided that we were going to stay in Korea. We would have loved to travel abroad but since we are leaving in a month we decided to stay. Once school ended on Friday, most teachers went home to prepare for Saturday morning flights. Ann rushed to the airport for a Friday night flight. Fred and I met a few of our friends from another school and went to dinner. Most of our friends from In2 school also did not leave Korea. We had dinner with Drea, Dan, Colin, John and Brad. After dinner we headed to Batman for drinks. On Saturday we had lunch with Joo and Yumi before relaxing all night. On Sunday we left our apartment and headed to Seoul at 8:30am. We took a 10:30am KTX bullet train to Busan, South Korea. We have been to Busan many times and even spent our first summer vacation, 2009, there. We arrived at 1pm and checked into our hotel. After a stop at E-Mart to gather food supplies we found dinner then relaxed in the hotel and enjoyed the English TV (Hello Discovery Channel and CNN).
On Monday we woke up and headed to the bus terminal. We took an hour long bus ride to Pohang, the city that Fred lived in last year. We went straight to our favorite Korean place for lunch and then went to the Pohang LCI. We knew that the school was also on vacation but we were hoping to see someone. We didn't find anyone but had a good time remembering Fred's first year in Korea. Next we headed to the POSCO Steel Art Museum. We found out that it was closed so we couldn't venture inside. From there we went straight to the beach. We walked around and tried to find some of Fred's old students. No luck. We then spent the afternoon on the beach and playing cards by the water. For dinner we went to our FAVORITE restaurant in Korea, clams on the beach. It was wonderful! We then took a bus back to Busan and got to the hotel around 10:30pm.
On Tuesday we spent the day relaxing. We simply walked around Busan and enjoyed being out of Suji. We went to a Busan Lotte Giants baseball game in the afternoon. We got seats in the second row, first baseline. They were great seats! The best part is that they only cost 15,000 won, about $12.00. Also, you are able to carry in WHATEVER you want from beer, to fried chicken to whole pizzas. What a great night!
On Wednesday we had horrible weather. This was the day that Korea was affected by major flooding and landslides (see my previous post). Even though Busan was not heavily affected, it was still stormy and rainy all day. We ventured to the beach but spent the day in a coffee shop reading and playing cards. We tried to go the another Giants game but it was rained out. Instead we headed back to the main beach in Busan, Haeundae. We had dinner and then went out for drinks. We even found a bar with online darts so were able to play our friends Drea and David in Suji. It ended up being a very fun night.
On Thursday it had finally stopped raining. We headed back to Haeundae. We laid on the beach and swam. After a while we were very red so we found some food and went back to our hotel. We quickly changed and headed to another Giants game. This time the Giants won so it was a much more exciting game!
On Friday we had lunch then took a KTX train back to Seoul. We then bused to Suji and got home around 7pm. Overall it was a great vacation. We are now on our one month countdown! It is hard to believe that after two years it is now almost time to leave Korea. I am excited for the next adventure to begin but not yet ready to say goodbye to this country that we have called home.