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2009-11-18 Jeju, Via Noribus-Day One

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This waterfall was well worth missing a short nap on the bus!

The week after Chuseok I left for Jeju, making it to the fourth Korean island I had been to in 4 weeks. Just coming off of that horrendous ferry ride from the week before, I was happy we were flying to what is basically the Hawaii of Korea. Jeju is an island that is politically autonomous and it takes about an hour to fly to. The trip was organized by the coordinator from the Global Lounge who had taken us on the fishing village trip. I had had such a great time with those people that I figured the chance to travel with them would make the cost of the trip alone worth it, and believe me I was not wrong. After we landed we hopped onto our Noribus for the first time. These people love to noribang so much that you can find it on random modes of transportation like tour buses and trains. Off we went to have dinner that was "Black Pork", meaning that it was pig which had been fed human waste. It is supposed to make the meat taste really good, but as I don't eat much pork I didn't have much to compare it to. It was ok I guess. After we had all settled into the hotel we met up to hang out. We took taxis to the beach about 10 minutes away, but unfortunately it wasn't a sandy beach. No, it was a bunch of sharp rocks next to the water. And being the graceful person that I am I fell forward when I stubbed my toe on the rock. The rocks were so sharp, though, that when I fell forward it pierced through my jeans and cracked my camera screen. Just perfect on the first night. So the rest of the time I literally did the "point-click" version of the pictures, hoping some would turn out. Luckily many of them did, and even though they aren't as good as they would have been if I could have made adjustments with a screen, I luckily have pictures from the trip. The next day we started our jam-packed schedule of events. It was literally one thing right after another. Here is a list of things we did: tasted tea at O'sulloc farm, went to a famous beach, saw the International Peace Center of Jeju, walked on the World Cup soccer field, hiked to a waterfall, and went out to the Dome Night Club. What a busy day! Ashley Price Yonsei, Fall 2009

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