On Saturday morning, equipped with our backpacks and large reusable E-mart bag filled with goodies, we caught the airport shuttle bound for Incheon on which we met Kyle and Becky, who were somewhat newbies to Korea and were also heading to Muui-do. We instantly hit it off! Just like Jen and I, Kyle and Becky both possess Education and Social Studies degrees and the similarities between us do not end there. It was therefore natural to ask them to share a beach hut with us!
|The shortest ferry ride ever!|
|Our Beach hut|
|The mud flat cause by the receding tide|
|This Korean group was playing a weird game that was very entertaining to watch!|
|Jen went seashell hunting for my niece Shoana!|
|While some were gathering wood, others were playing cards!|
|The source of heat and joy for the night|
|Don't know what is going on here, but it sums up the night!|
|The musicians at their art!|
Finally, as sleep was conquering over the group, I retired to my friends' hut (Jen, Becky and Kyle had already gone to sleep) to join them in a game of Apples to Apples before finally admitting defeat and crashing on my slice of heaven, which was simply a corner of the floor in our hut. I slept like a baby! The net morning, we had breakfast, saw off many of the group and then took our own leave shortly before noon. Our next destination was Jamsil Stadium, where we would meet up with Ian, Chris, Bri, Katie, Barry and Dana for a good old game of Korean Baseball. Of course, I was a little hung over and both Jen and I were very tired, so we decided to stop by a jjimjilbang on our way to the stadium since we have a few hours to spare. On top of being relaxing, it would also give us an opportunity to wash our dirty and smelly bodies!
Jjimjilbangs can literally be found on almost street corner. But since quality and respectability can sometimes be questionable, and because this would be Jen's first time, we decided to splurge and go to Dragon Hill Spa, which is renowned in the Seoul jjimjilbang community. This 7-floor spa has everything from the obvious saunas and baths to an arcade and several restaurants. After paying the fee (12,000won), we split up to our own gender areas where I got down to my birthday suit and washed, relaxed in the many salt baths and saunas. When I came down to the common area, Jen was in her jjimjilbang wear sitting in a massage chair. I immediately joined her and furthered my relaxed state. My hangover was also completely cured just in time to get back into our regular clothes and meet up with our friends to enjoy the game!
|The blue wave of thundersticks!|
(Please note: Some of the pictures in this blog were taken from Jen Pace and Becky Simpson!)