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Little old me and my travels.



Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju June 21st 2014

21st Jun: Our train left Suwon station around ten to nine. After a quick sandwich and coffee for breakfast and planning what we would do while we were in Gyeongju, we napped away the rest of the journey. The KTX station Sin-Gyrongju is not in a great location. It's about a twenty to thirty minute bus journey from the city centre. Armed with the bus times to Yangnam for tomorrow, we hopped on to a bus to the city centre. There are loads of buses coming and going from the station, so even though it is in the middle of nowhere, it is well connected to the city. The bus journey was fairly quick and painless. We got off at the regular train station, and located our hostel, that was a five minute walk away from ... read more
Gyeongju
Gyeongju
Gyeongju

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Yongsan-gu June 14th 2014

A night out in style! We had made a reservation to have dinner at the posh N Grill in Namsan tower. Our reservation was for seven, so we all met around 6:30 in Myeongdong and headed over to the cable car to be whisked up to the base of the tower. Well, disaster struck, we got to the cable car and it was heaving. The queue was huge. We tried to hop into a taxi and get them to take us up, but no taxis can't go all the way up to Namsan Tower. So we had to call the restaurant and tell them our predicament. It must happen quite a lot as they said they would send us a text message, so that we could jump the queue. The text message arrived and we headed ... read more
The View
Appetizer of the Day
Appetizer of the Day

Asia » Japan » Nagasaki » Nagasaki June 8th 2014

We woke up, slightly groggy from the night before. I think it was around nine when we got up. We showered, dressed, and finished packing up all our stuff. We left our stuff at the reception and asked them about what temples we should visit. No visit to Japan is complete without a visit to some kind of temple or shrine. We got the lovely blokes at reception to write out in Japanese what charms we needed. They were stars! Then we headed off to follow their recommendations. We walked for about ten to fifteen minutes following the river. We found the shrine, but since we were starving, we headed to the nearest Lawson's for breakfast. There was only one salami and cheese set, so we had to shared it. We sat outside on the steps, ... read more
Suwa Shrine
Suwa Shrine
Suwa Shrine

Asia » Japan » Nagasaki » Nagasaki June 7th 2014

We got up at eight o'clock, that's when the hot water was turned on in the hostel. We left the hostel around nine ish to head to the ferry port for our trip to Battleship Island. We took the tram for a few stops. The journey was pretty quick about 15 minutes. I think we stayed on the same tram and didn't have to change. We were so pleased when we saw a convenient store as soon as we got off the tram. We headed straight there to pick up some breakfast. We got the 'Breakfast of Champions' that we had discovered in Kyoto. It's a cheese and salami slice package and bloody delicious, it's cheap, too, only a couple of dollars. I also got a coffee and a mini-omurice thingy. I love omurice, but a ... read more
Nagasaki Trams
Nagasaki Port
Nagasaki Port

Asia » Japan » Nagasaki » Nagasaki June 6th 2014

We awoke at the crack of dawn, after about four or maybe five hours sleep. We had stayed the night in a hotel close to the airport. It was really nice, not really a hotel, but an officetel, where they rented some of the apartments. Honestly, the apartment we stayed in was nice and bigger than the one I live in. They also offered a free pick-up and drop-off service to Incheon. Not bad for 55,000 won for the two of us, I think it was called Crown Guesthouse and I would definitely use them again in the future. We got to Incheon and found our check-in desks. It was still just over two hours before take-off, so the desks weren't open yet, so we queued up and waited for them to open, which they did ... read more
Wakatakemaru Sushi Restaurant
Wakatakemaru Sushi Restaurant
Wakatakemaru Sushi Restaurant

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongnam-do » Taean May 31st 2014

31st May: First beach weekend of the year! We left Suwon around 10 am on the bus. The traffic was good and we arrived in Taean just before midday. We bought our return bus tickets and chilled in the Dunkin' opposite the station waiting for the others to arrive. I had the most god awful doughnut, it was meant to be a savoury one, or at least that's what the name implied. But no, it was coated in sugar, I really hate Asia's obsession with sugar at times, and they say us Westerners have a sweet tooth. We had a look around the station area for a restaurant to eat at. We couldn't find anything we liked so we headed deeper into downtown Taean. We found a pizza place and got a couple of pizzas to ... read more
Pinocchio
Pretty Flowers
Pinocchio

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jungrang-gu May 10th 2014

So Yongma Land... an abandoned theme park... on the outskirts of Seoul... I'd been wanting to visit this place for ages. There are tonnes of blogs going around on expats sites about the place, and I was hooked reading blog after blog. I knew the rough area that it was in, but had no real directions. Then, finally, one day when I was reading yet another blog about the place, I clicked the link to the girl's boyfriend's blog about the place and low and behold, this one actually had legit instructions on how to get there. Happy that I finally had decent instructions on how to get there and a new camera ordered. The cold in China had killed mine. So we penciled a date into our diaries for when we would visit. We took ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Incheon » Baengnyeong-do May 6th 2014

We were up bright and early, to make the most of our final morning on the island. We got all packed up and headed out. Since it was Buddha's Birthday, we wanted to head to a temple on the island. Luckily there is only one. It was pretty much at the other side of the island, so it took a little time to get there. We knew we were heading in the right direction as we saw a statue of Buddha, in a field in the distance. The temple, (name), was tiny, so cute. There was a a really cute outbuilding. The yard was covered with lanterns and there was also a statue of an elephant. I can't recall seeing any elephants at previous temples I've been to Korea, so that was unique. The temple was ... read more
Mongunsa Temple
Mongunsa Temple
What's that?

Asia » South Korea » Incheon » Baengnyeong-do May 5th 2014

We woke up late today, the lie-in was lush. We ended up getting up around eleven and it was after twelve by the time we had all showered and gotten ourselves ready it was well after twelve. We were all starving, so we headed into downtown Baeknyeong-do to find some lunch. Most of the places looked seafoody or shut. We decided on a place, it was like a kimbap shop, regular Korean food, and we ordered lots of things to share. We ordered a shrimp fried rice, kimchi jjigae, bulgogi stew, and jaeyuk deopbab. It was all lovely and we scoffed it all down. Feeling full, we left but not before Mel got her photo with the signed Hyun Bin poster on the wall. He'd eaten here when he was staying on Baeknyeong-do, too. We took ... read more
Bulgogi
Jae-yuk-deop-bab
Kimchi Jjigae

Asia » South Korea » Incheon » Baengnyeong-do May 4th 2014

So our original plan for this fluke four day weekend (Children's Day falling on the Monday and Buddha's Birthday falling on the Tuesday) was to go to Hong Kong. However flights were stupidly expensive, with crap times, so we had to come up with another plan. Yeri mentioned Baeknyeong-do ages ago to me, and I stored it away in my mind. With our Hong Kong planned scuppered, this seemed like a good opportunity, as we needed longer than a regular weekend to do it justice. However it was not smooth sailing, when Yeri got in tough with the travel agent, ferry tickets were already sold out for the Saturday, so we had to book for Sunday to Tuesday. The trip was cheap, due to the travel agent ballsing up we got our ferry tickets cheaper, and ... read more
Dunkin' on the ferry
Port
Port




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