WEEKEND IN BUSAN
Busan is the second largest city in South Korea. Its right on the coast and luckily for me much cooler (temperature wise) than Changwon. I went with 2 friends I had made in Changwon, Lucas and Kelsey. A couple from Wisconsin/Michigan. Kelsey had a friend in Busan so we were able to stay at their friend’s place in Busan.
|Kelsey and Lucas|
We took a bus from Changwon to Busan for 3,700 won (under 5 bucks). It took about a half hour or less. Then once in Busan, we took the subway for maybe 40 minutes to Haeundae beach, which is one of the more popular beaches in Busan.
|Changwon Bus Station. |
The Korean Word for Bus Station is: Bus-oo Ter-nin-nuh
|On the bus to Busan|
There we hung out on the beach for hours, drank a little, swam in the ocean and were visited by a surprise visitor. (caption contest for surprise visitor)
|Iron Man on Haeundae Beach- Caption Contest|
After the beach, as we were leaving we saw some street performing rappers. The Korean crowd wasn’t into it, so we gave them some support.
Also, there was a street festival with a dance group and maybe a crowd of 2 to 300 orderly onlookers.
For dinner we had Boodae Jigae, aka. Military Stew. This food is a hybrid Korean American food in which American soldiers, nearing the end of their rations would cut up their rations (hot dog, pepperoni) and put it in a Korean soup to make their food for further,
That night we met with Kelsey’s brother, a teacher at a local university and proud dog owner of a Shih tzu named Dodo, and some other familiar faces.
After a night of Norae Bang, we all stayed at Kelsey’s friend’s studio apartment. 7 people, 1 cat and 1 dog.
The next morning we went to a Mexican restaurant near the beach. They do margaritas, nachos, burritos, tacos, all of it (very rare in Korea). I got a chicken burrito. It was missing beans and rice, but it was just what I needed.
|Mexican food- the white whale of Korea|
Luckily Kelsey’s brother has a car so he was able to drive us to a subway station. I sat in the back area of the car because we had a crew of 7.