Exploring More of Busan!
Another week passed where Luke and I did not teach, but instead prepared material for our first week of Cyber School! Then Luke and I headed to Busan for the weekend with some big plans - a big fish market, a baseball game, and an awesome hike! After two weeks of nonstop activities, we took a week or so to relax and catch our breath. By the next weekend, it was time to say goodbye to one of our friends leaving Korea. We went out to dinner with him and ended up at a couple different bars. We learned a few new games which none of us really mastered, but now we have something to practice! The next day, the guys stayed home to recoup while a few of the girls spent the day shopping in Daegu. Summer weather and new clothes, asa! (Yay!)
Another week passed where Luke and I did not teach, but instead prepared material for our first week of Cyber School! Then Luke and I headed to Busan for the weekend with some big plans - a big fish market, a baseball game, and an awesome hike!
We started with the popular Jagalchi Fish Market on Saturday afternoon. It was very busy and tons of different fish were laid out underneath tents. Super cool to walk through and although we could have bought something there and had it made for us, we were told it was pretty expensive. We meandered on to the Busan Tower located at Yongdusan Park. We couldn't get near the tower as construction was being done, but it was a very neat area to walk through. People eating in the park and some adorably cute children chasing birds made for a cute scene.
We grabbed some Subway, Hansot, and some mek-ju (beer) for the baseball game. Hansot is a Korean fast food chain - super cheap with lots of good choices. What's awesome is you can bring all the food and drinks into the stadium that you want! Once I got through ordering two different subway sandwiches in korean (more like Konglish), we headed to the stadium. Unfortunately...the game was an away game in Seoul. I take full responsibility since I had looked up the game earlier in the week, but was so upset that we couldn't go. Instead, we grabbed a seat at the little park in front of the stadium and ate our food there for a while and made a new plan. To the beach!
We got down to the beach and walked along the road for a while looking for the lighthouse when we passed the "Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory" which was a two story dessert cafe with fancy chocolate treats! We opted to split a rich and yummy slice of iced cheesecake out on the front patio. It's such a neat area of town with all of the restaurants and bars sitting across from the beach which makes for great people watching. Afterwards, we ended up passing a tiny little amusement park called, Gwangan Beach Land. There were about four rides, some batting cages, and a small arcade. Nothing too crazy, but after watching the "Crazy Flip", I convinced Luke to ride the Viking with me. Not that it was anything crazy, but I haven't been to an amusement park in years so it was fun to watch and partake for a little bit.
We continued on our search to the lighthouse and when we found it, it was much smaller than we anticipated, but there were hundreds of people set up on the riverside. It was dark and every night the bridge puts on a light show. Everyone was setup picnic style, sitting on a blanket with soju, beer and food. L&I sat there for a while and caught the end of the light show before heading back to the hotel. Another amazing atmosphere and with perfect weather it was a great end to our night.
The next morning we grabbed a breakfast sandwich and some coffee at Ediya Coffee nearby, then headed over to Geumjeongsan Fortress for a day hike. You can read all about it in detail in a separate post here! It was a long day and our feet were beyond sore but we saw so many of the most amazing views that it made everything worth it. We made it down by sunset and after dealing with missing the bus, we found an alternate way home and passed out immediately. It was definitely a weekend we won't forget!