It's with that mentality that we set off, on Dec 31st, to experience the start of the new year with a new light... literally. The trip had been planned for some time. I had stumbled on it while navigating the many Facebook pages of holiday activities in Korea. WINK (When in Korea) was organizing a trip to Busan for New Year's Eve to keep up with the Korean tradition of seeing the first sunrise of the new year... Oh and it would also be a booze fest, from the bus ride all the way to the sunrise. So of course, we signed up along with our friends Chris, Briana, Alice, Katie and Dana. The voyage promised to be a gong show.. and it delivered.
|The Noraebang Bus|
As soon as we got on the bus, some started drinking. Being past my prime drinking years and prone to being car sick, I decided to wait until we arrived in Busan before starting to kill my liver. The bus ride was 7 hours and I honestly didn't think I'd be able to last very long if I started right away. But the ride was interesting nonetheless with an on-board Noraebang (karaoke) and a slew of slightly annoying drunk people getting more inebriated as we drew near our destination. Needless to say, we were somewhat relieved when we finally got off the bus!
|Chris and Briana|
|Katie and Alice|
|Drinking games @ HQ Bar|
|Celebrating the new year with beer and champagne at 7am|
|Just before the sunrise on Gwanganli Bridge|
|Welcome to the new year Mr. Sun|
|The two most beautiful sights on the bridge|
The short trip back to our motel was extremely quiet as everyone was dozing off. We then benefited from a few hours of well earned sleep before being awoken by a knock on the door. No one bothered to answer the first time (we were still half asleep). But the second time, Jen opened to Dana telling us that it was time to check out... oh, and Katie was missing. Turns out she never made it back to the motel. Somehow, her and Alice got separated and Alice ended up with all of Katie's belongings (purse, phone, etc.) The fact that we were leaving in less than an hour really only meant one thing: We had to go get some breakfast. Somehow, we knew (more like hoped) Katie would eventually find her way back. And so it was. While we were enjoying our first meal of the new year on a terrace by the beach, Katie called her phone and we told her where to find us. Fifteen minutes later, she arrived, her hair in a frenzy and a smile on her face, escorted by her saviour. She had had quite the night but it was all better now and we all had a good laugh.
Needless to say, the bus ride back to Seoul was somewhat quieter. Jen and I swallowed our gravol and before we knew it, we were back home, happy to have experiences an incredible weekend with awesome friends!
|Gravol induced sleep on the way back|
|Chris and Katie sleeping on the floor of the bus|
|@ HQ Bar in Busan|