Published: June 22nd 2012June 22nd 2012
Wando fire truck & ship
there were sirens, then this - playing? (fr.rm 701)
What could be more Seinfeld than a blog about nothing? Especially given the, er, "relaxed" day I have had today in Wando. And this blog is being hand-typed too to make sure it's short (they breathe sighs of relief).
Although I got outa bed at 9.30am, thinking I might be doing something/anything local this turned into an all day digital housekeeping/web-research kinda day to sort of plan the days ahead - which is necessary sometimes, despite my semi-chaotic travel "plans". Wjich need to be adjusted to fit realities, such as not going to Jeju Island on Friday/Sat., cos the hotels will be chocka with weekenders (remember Daejeon and finding a room at 8pm on a Sat. night and how much easier it was on Sunday - the same principle should apply here). This does mean 3 nights here in Wando, if you can count my late arrival last night. I paid for the 3rd night Sat. this afternoon just in case they suddenly got busy - but the car park was pretty empty this morning - people might stay the night just to get the early morning ferry etc?
I have not really read much about Jeju either but
the semi-mythical 50,000Krw note
and its common 10,000Krw brother
there is a 3 hr boat ride to work that out! The other issue occupying me was, how to get away from Jeju. Ideally I would go on a ferry to Yeosu, where the Expo is. After my Nagoya experience I would not necessarily die if I did not get to it. The main decider seems to be there is not a Yeosu ferry, or maybe I can work this out on Jeju. However what I am now thinking is fly from Jeju to Busan on Thursday after 3 days on Jejy and skip those bits in the middle - they can become dispensable. The flight is only 50mins and is such a time saver (and Jeju Air can do it for less than $40 if you pick the right day/time. But I do want to be leaving Busan for Seoul on Monday for the 3hr KTX fast train trip. So there will be pruning! I am more than happy to come back here (Korea that is) and do the Western side and the middle - could do this by ferry from Japan actually quite easily.
So that's what an R&R day is about, the big picture, mixed with
detail. I borrowed some scissors from downstairs to cut in half the bargain screen protector sheet for my tablet I bought in Mokpo for less than $3 in a general shop that had everything. No need for name brand products here and it has worked a treat, so that the touch face of the tablet is no longer a sticky finger magnet.
Out for dinner (finally) I walked around the block and then decided to give a place more or less across the road a go. When I pointed to "grilled fish" in Korean on my tablet (so you do not get hoe, or raw, fish) she indicated that would be only done for 2 people. Interesting as one of the American girls in Daejeon said the same thing about solo diners not being welcome at times - first time it has affected me. Anyway on to another place, putting my life in the hands of the usually helpful female staff - the one in Mokpo was fab, showing me how to do stuff etc. Anyway she agreed to do me grilled fish, which was really fried, but a really nice small bream or similar. With the usual bits
and bobs of side plates, though nowhere as lavish as say Mokpo or Gongju, which was without compare. I wondered how this was gonna cost, but it was only 9000Krw, c.$8. Think I will be back there tomorrow rather than attempt somewhere new.
Wandered around, took a few night shots and that was about it. As Jerry would say, it's about nothing already. That's your lot for today folks.
There are more photos below