So this was my last trip in SoKo. I had the opportunity to go to Jeju with the Department. As you know already, nothing is that simple in my life. I was the only foreigner who was invited to go, meaning the rest of the group of 200 were Koreans I didn’t know. It was going to be interesting.
I’ve heard so much about Jeju. People say it’s the best part of Korea. Actually most couples go there for their honeymoon. And I got to go all expenses paid for 3 days.
I love flying. My dream job was to be a pilot. But my height and weight was against me. So was super excite to fly… but the take-off must have been my worst g-force experience ever. I usually sit over the wing, so I didn’t get why this time round it was so bad.
So the tour reminded me of those Chinese tourist bus experience I would see in Vilakazi Street in Soweto. People are always in a bus. Stop 1 hour. Look, take pictures and bus again. Eat. Bus.Next location. Bus. It was like that for 3 days. So much packed-in and little time to chill and enjoy yourself. But i guess this is what a tour packaged trip is like. I’ve never been on one like this before. We usually do the wing-it-backpackers type of deal with my friends.
We did many a things, but my Highlights were:
Go-karting, Horse-riding, Sliding down the slopes, trampolining Maze challenge, and .. yep. that’s about it.
I think eating the Jeju dream pork every 3 hours killed me. The luxury of eating it, faded away after the 3rd restaurant trip.
I had to really use my solo travel inner struggles to get through the trip though. Being that everyone spoke in Korean, I was the only foreigner and my co and I had a LOT of awkwardness towards the tail end of the trip. Who knows what was happening. Being asked about the weather, age and relationship status has come to be the norm for me. Still feels uncomfortable. Not sure whether i will feel normal over the next few months when people don’t ask me those questions when I first meet em.
G** I hope I won’t ask people those time of intrusive questions. But it’s a cultural thing you have to adjust to.
All in all. Everyone agrees that Spring or Summer is the best time for Jeju Island. We missed the blossoming flowers and envied warm weather. The most interesting part was going to one of those wax museums, and seeing a really horrendous version of president Nelson Mandela. I think it would have been better to keep him out of that. I did though, like that there was a lot of South African reference in the Peace Museum. The only African country to be there.
A small group of us got to fly back ahead of the pack. I enjoyed that part. Got to spend some time with one of the guys I’ve been working with over the past few weeks leading up to the evaluation tests. He just never had enough stamina to muster speaking to me. And with out his friend and others lurking around we got to chat quite a bit. And that Asiana landing was kinda rough there. Not sure what was going on with them that week. Was my worst take-off and landing with them. Both at Gimpo Airport.
At least I got to finally see Jeju and say I was there. I was grateful for the opportunity and being the first foreigner to be invited. I’m glad i challenged myself and went out of my comfort boxed. Traveled alone without my friends and knowing there would be a language barrier.
Jeju is a must see for all people travelling to Korea. Make it a week long event over the summer or spring break. They have a world natural wonder and I’ve never seen any volcanic remnants before I got to go. Eat their famous pork, but in moderation. The island itself reminded me of home. They had regular houses and that homey relaxed vibe. I wish I had the opportunity to go and see the pleasure park (adult stuff). But since it was a work trip I guess I couldn’t do that. I woulda totally gone to see that - the closest I’ve been to was the Penis Park in Samcheok last year. Penis explosion ^^,