By now my hatred towards Tumblr should be well known and documented. Perhaps it is the “Follow+” envy that is not available on a paid WordPress account. I wish there was some connection with the community, even the free version of WordPress allows for random viewing, in turn generating more views and therefore comments.
If Tumblr has taught me anything in life, it is that my universe should revolve around Kpop stars posing for pictures of shit they would never do otherwise. All this has gotten me thinking about the bubble that is Seoul.
Don’t get me wrong, Seoul is fantastic, but it was not until I stepped out alone that I realized how much I enjoyed getting out. I travel alot, and up until now I have been travelling in company.
I realized that travelling alone leads to opportunities. This is especially true for people who like to take their time to enjoy whatever is in front of them. Don’t get me wrong! Travelling with people revolves around “Ok, we saw this already, onto the next point.” I for one, whom likes making videos and everything that comes with that, need my precious time. Do you think its easy carrying around all that gear, getting the right angles, setting up the tripod or glidetrack?
Originally I had been somewhat hesistent on travelling outside of Seoul on my own. I get a sense of relief in groups when I can finally hang back and let other people take care of all the bs that comes with travelling.
But I learned! That it just couldn’t be easier! Travelling in Korea couldn’t be anymore straightforward, in fact – taking the bus seemed a lot more straightforward than taking the subway or train. Simply go to the ticket office, ask for the city of destination – pay and go wait. And I tell you, Samcheok is on the opposite side of Korea – cost me 20 dollars. It should have taken around five hours but my bus driver took a little over three.
Studying Korean also paid off quite nicely, I was able to meet some locals and even chat up some ajeossis. Talked about girls and things old men like talking about. Then I ended up hanging with some younger people in my room drinking makkeolli and snacks that they brought about. I must note that if I had not befriended the locals, I would not have been able to find a room to begin with. Sinnam is a small place, and the rooms they have are from the grocery store at the exit of the museum – but I would not have known that. I had such a good time that I ended up staying from Friday night until Sunday.
I never expected it to turn out that way and it would probably had never if I had gone with others because people tend to stay in groups. In fact, most people don’t like getting out of the comfort zone that is Seoul. Heck, is seems that people don’t even want to go out! There is just so much to do or see, and feels like you have drag people kicking and screaming for them to do anything.
How to get to the Haesindang park.
Go to the express bus terminal – ask for Samcheok city. When you arrive to Samcheok, walk outside and to the right. You will see a tourism booth. Ask for times (the bus leaves hourly). Costs about 2,000 won. The bus that leave are in a separate parking lot, just go towards the other buses. The ride to Haesindang park in Sinnam takes about an hour, its next to the coast an costs about 2,000 won also to enter. If you want to spend the night, ask for a bang from from the ajeossi at the supermarket at the exit of the park.