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Saturday, 26 August 2006

Jeju Island...Seogwipo part deux

I worked six years at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Devante worked four years at the Hotel Grand Pacific and the benefits included staying at other luxury hotels (Delta is part of the Fairmont chain) at a staff rate of $49 or $59cdn. All we were looking for was something that was clean. However, this was not the case--oops!

So...after waking up from our so called "hotel" we proceeded to catch a bus to Hyeopjae beach, a white, sandy beach. The weather was sunny with some minor cloud cover when we left Seogwipo.

After a one hour and twenty minute bus ride (at 5000w each), we arrived. Hyeopjae beach is located right next to Hallim Park. We got to the beach and the water was blue-ish and the sand was nice, but in the distance storm clouds started coming our way. It started sprinkling and then quickly it became a torrential downpour! We headed for cover and momentarily this downpour turned into a thunder and lightning. Normally, at the first sight of lightning, one should avoid swimming since water conducts electricity. This was not the case as people continued to swim in the water! There was a lifeguard on duty but he didn't tell people to get out of the water. Interesting!

We waited an hour and the rain would not go away. So we decided to head back to Seogwipo. Time to board another bus! All aboard!

Statue outside our hotel:

The World Cup Stadium from 2002 on the way to Hyeopjae:

Hyeopjae Beach...it would've been nicer if it was sunny out:

The approaching storm clouds (uh oh!):

Avoiding the rain...it was coming down hard:

We eventually made our way back to the bus stop...after purchasing two ponchos for 6000w!!!

Back in Seogwipo we decided on a bulgogi dinner...

Gotta love all those sides!

Thinly sliced beef makes for a delicious meal:

Two prawns were included, sweeeeet!

...and last but not least, dessert. If you decide to come to Korea to teach English, you will find a Baskin Robbins on every corner (is that a good thing or bad thing?):


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