Last night, I took the plane and then the airport limousine bus 600 (because it has storage for the suitcase whereas the normal bus does not but it does costs a little more (5500 won vs 3300 won for regular bus). So, here I am .. in Seogwipo, Jeju … totally unplanned and unexpected 🙂
Actually, I was contemplating continuing my Korean class but I feel like they focused way too much on memorizing and passing the TOPIK, which isn’t my top priority … at all. Most students want to study as an undergrad or graduate student in Korea but I don’t even want to open a book right now let alone write an entire thesis and present it in Korean … and so I found a volunteering job cleaning a guesthouse. I was pretty sure my mom flipped when I text her .. keke…
Well ….. Seogwipo is the city in southern Jeju! Before coming to Jeju, I only thought there was just Jeju city and everything else was small towns and villages …
In any case, I was scheduled to start work on March 1st, but I woke up early and got to walk around first. I bought Jeju milk!!!! It was 800 won at the 7-11 nearby. It tastes … ok, a little bit creamy.
Also nearby is the Geolmae Ecological Park, where there is a nice trail and a waterfall (that I have yet to see because it is blocked off).
… then came work, which consists of making the beds and cleaning the room. Honestly, I barely do that in my own house and here I am cleaning others …
Since it was my first day and we had a lot of rooms to clean, the boss treated us to a meal 🙂 The other helper is a vegetarian, which, in Korea, leaves us with very little choices 😦 Therefore, we had a potato dumpling soup … It was quite tasty, actually 🙂
The other helper showed me a coffee shop that he frequents often! It has a nice setting with a cozy atmosphere. It was just a little too close to the workplace LOL 🙂
After enjoying the green tea latte, I had to leave for Homeplus because I realized I didn’t pack a few items 😦
…. then I just wandered … I wandered to the seaside to search for the Jeongbang Waterfall, but I missed the entrance.
Nearby was also a public hot spring, I think! It was too cold and windy to have anyone in it … nor were there any water inside but I am sure it would be filled with people during the summer time 🙂
I walked around the port nearby Saeyeon-gyo Bridge, which is almost ubiquitous in all promotional posters for Seogwipo.
I got a little bit lost because the streets in Seogwipo isn’t like a grid, but then again, I don’t think coastal cities do since their roads are probably dictated by the coast 🙂 In any case, for dinner, I just ate at a random place, which also made me realized just how expensive Jeju was going to be compared with Gyeongsan.
I also wandered into the Olle Market but I didn’t stay that long 😛
First impression of Seogwipo and Jeju … It is a little colder and windier than I expected. I am really glad I brought with me my trusted autumn jacket with hat :). The prices are a bit cheaper and there aren’t a lot of tourists as I thought it would be … It seems like any other city, expect it has a nice seaside.
March 1st, 2017
… I’m out of room here so you can visit the Jeju section under: migainjeju.wordpress.com 🙂