Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jeju: The Last

Today marks our last day in Korea land... as in, while you are reading this we are on a plane on our way to Finland. How the past two years have managed to fly by this quickly I'll never know.
So to mark our last day in Korea here is the recap of our last day in the land of Jeju.
We headed for sunrise mid morning peak :) We were not quite so ambitious as to get there for sunrise.
It was beautiful though and a really easy 15-20 minute hike!

The wind was STRONG! This cute little old man lost his hat so Jon jumped some fences and retrieved it for him :)

After the trek up! My feet got soooooo many stares.
But the 5 inch stilletos?? no issue at all. oh korea, you and your fashion choices

The massive crater at the top.
So we took some pictures for a family and right after the father started yelling "model! model!" so all the kids ran back up to get a picture with us! I will miss that about Korea land. Rock. Star. Status.
Just a beautiful view!
We could see Mt. Hallasan. Considering the last time we hiked it was less than ideal we figured one time of hiking it was enough :)
I LOVED this sign. It mad the need for water seem so dire.  When really it was a quick jaunt to the top.

The traditional "grandfather" statues that are EVERYWHERE!

After Sunrise Peak we had to make an appearance at the beach, and then met up with Sara and her friend Gina (a fellow MN girl!) for an amazing western dinner.
And that empty mudslide glass in front of me?? best decision ever.
And the waffle in front of us?? 2nd best decision ever.
All in all it was a fantastic way to end the trip! I'm so thankful we had the chance to go back to Jeju and really experience it! And get some fabulous weather too!

See you on the other side!!! Next time you hear from us we will be in Europe!

Jeju:Day 5

We started off the day heading to a skeet shooting range.
We were both ridiculously excited and it turned out to be extremely dissapointing.
We were the only two there, they gave us 20 shots, made us shoot at the same time, the man kept readjusting my arm... as I was shooting, and we were done in about 10 minutes.
So while it was fun to shoot some clay pigeons, the guys were jerks and we were less than impressed with their little gun operation.

We did however get to have pheasant for lunch... and that was a plus!

In between the shooting (which was at 10) and then our lunch we had about two hours to kill.
WE meandered in our car for a bit, and then found the art sculpture park.
All of these sweet sculptures along really cool walking paths, it was EXCELLENT!

Yes, I did find a stick just so Jon and I could re-create these statues... and Yes, I did make Jon do it :) It was way too cool not too.

We (of course) headed to the beach for the afternoon and then made our way home to grill some chicken and garlic bread.
It ... was.... FABULOUS.
One of our best meals in Jeju :)

grilled garlic bread is officially my best friend.
Get ready for our last day on the Jeju~ coming up!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jeju: Day 4

Thankfully day 3 was completely travel free because day 4 we had a bit of a trek to the North of the island. We had booked a massage for me this morning and we had to be up there by about 10. I'll give details about the surprise attack massage at another time. Let's just say there was texting, stretching, and a woman standing on top of me at the end of it.

After that extravaganza we headed to check out a hedge maze and some lava tubes. It was 

The hedge maze map.. which we didn't use at all, and which is also the reason it probably took us a bit longer than most other people.

there was a heart in the maze.. I decided to be Korean.

Can you spot the two arrows?

 We may have pretended to be apart of Harry Potter  for a lot of the maze as well...

We made it! Yay hurray!

Bastards put in a fake bridge. We were not impressed.

yay we found it this time!

In your face hedge maze!

After sweltering in the hedge maze, the lava tube was a nice cool atmosphere. Except for the fact that all of my sweat instantly cooled and my nose was numb within 10 minutes. I don't do well in chilly weather... so much for growing up in MN.

I may have also gotten upset with the ticket booth lady for not selling me the youth pass. I kept insisting that I was 24... and even after looking at my license she refused. Ummm excuse me... I'm pretty sure I know my age. I now understand how heat and violence are coordinated... I wanted to punch that women.

After the chilling and incredible lava tubes we headed out to find a beach. And did we ever luck out!
We were headed to one beach, and ended up finding this tiny little sandbar ... all to ourselves. It was fabulous!

We also had a few friendly visitors picking out crabs and squid from the tide pools

So Stunning. We could've stayed here all day... but unfortunately we had a bit of trek back to the pension. We did end the night on a good note though...

Some delicious Samgyeopsal grilled right at our table :)

Delish :)