A long walk on a shelly beach
Tuesday's travelling took us by bus over a bridge to the island of Anmyeondo. We so enjoyed the trips on the cool busses with their big glass windows. The route wound through the small roads of the biggish island between rice paddies and small gardens, every now and then opening out onto the white sandy coast.
On one of the maps I saw a photo of a long white beach with two rocky offshore islands. The photo looked strangely familiar, so we found directions to the beach, which was called Kkotji. The view really was beautiful and the rocky islands made a beautiful horizon. The beach itself was covered is shells, and didn't look all that comfortable to sleep on, but next to the beach was a big park that had been built for some convention in 2002. Nobody seemed very interested in it, and we decided to ask the lady at the gate if we could camp inside. At first we were not sure whether she was saying yes or did not understand us, but after asking her in three different ways in very broken Korean. She just waved us in. We couldn't really believe that it was
Kkotji Beachside resort.
The abandoned park that we made home for the night
okay to camp in there. We picked our way through the rose gardens and fountains to the other end of the park where we found a soft spot between some pine trees. And the park gave us the added bonus of being our first campsite with ablutions!
The rest of the afternoon we spent on a looong walk down the very long beach. We dawdled along really slowly, stopping often to admire the beautiful shells that lay all over the beach. Cathy collected a whole bunch of them to put in her fish tank back at EV. At the far end of the beach we stopped to read our books and doze off. As the sun started to set again, we headed back to the campsite, going for a walk via the nearby village to pick up a few noodles (again!) and other supper supplies.
Back in the far end of the deserted park we curled up inside our tent, to enjoy a really hot (spicy) supper, read a bit and end off our lazy day with an early night.
First thing in the morning we boiled a bit of water for a cup of
Green farms along the roadside on Anmyeondo island
coffee and then packed everything back into our bags. Walking out of this public park so early in the morning we felt really sneaky, but excited at having spent the night. We walked back to the intercity bus terminal. I thought it would be quick because the local bus to the beach had only seemed like 5 mins. Ended up closer to an hour, but it was fun walking past local men gardening, kids playing and dogs in the streets.
At the terminal we managed to find the bus that would take us to the ferry jetty on the southern most tip of the island. The bus ride down through the small villages and farming communities, with views of the white coast was one of the best way sto see the island and was a real highlight on our trip. Within minutes of arriving at the jetty we were standing on the deck of a ferry in the cool sea breeze, on our way Dacheon Beach on the mainland.
Although lined with seafood restaurants and hotels, the beach was really long and beautiful. AS we got to the beach, the local ajummas
were comming out of the water
On the road, well sea, again
Waiting for the ferry back to the mainland
in their wetsuits dragging huge nets of shellfish they had caught. These greying women swim out to sea and then dive crazy amounts of seafood out for the nearby restaurants. Nuts!
Our plans had been to see the beach and then head off to the nearby national museum by bus. But after playing in the cool turquoise water in the hot sun for half an hour, we decided that it was not a day for being indoors. Instead we found a little store to buy bread and bannanas, and opted to spend the whole day on the beach.
We ended up getting really sunfried (after three months of working and winter, we are not quite as tanned as when we were students and could bum on the beach), but the beach was pretty empty and the weather was fantastic. What better way to unwind?
In the late afternoon we caught a bus back to Seoul. Back to another 2 week stint in the foreigner zoo...
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