Whew! I’m finally here to share my Busan trip. I’d been occupied by my other hobbies, so I fell behind on my blogging schedule, of which I am absolutely fine with. I’ve also been exhausted from work, my commute, and the more-than-usual travelling I’ve done. I can’t say I’ll be returning to my regular blogging schedule that I’ve kept up for the past 2.5 years. I’m just tired. Going to Busan taught me that regular travels and summer travelling doesn’t suit me. Despite those little bits of life lessons, I did have fun in Busan to the best of my ability. Read on to see what I did :)
Bagging to Busan
In preparation for my Busan trip, I decided to buy a cheap hard-case luggage to use as a carry-on since I was going to fly back on Air Busan. Thanks to the Bus Ticket Lady, she helped me negotiate with the guy to sell the luggage to me for 40,000 ($37 USD). And then I discovered some masking tapes on the insides of the case, and she finagled another 5,000 won discount. This luggage is cheap, but it has held up quite well in my Busan travels. I also tried my best to pack light with my toiletries, with great success!
I left work early to catch the SRT train to Busan. I rode first-class and they gave me a bottle of water and a box full of goodies — coffee, cookie, mixed nuts, mouthwash, and wet tissues. Two hours later, I arrived at Busan Station. There, I almost decided to catch a cab to my hotel, but I chose to save money by taking the subway . . . but I’d forgotten about rush hour. Being squashed in the crowded car made me regret not taking a cab.
I survived that horrible subway ride and arrived at Seomeyon Station. It was hot and humid, and the last thing I wanted to do was to walk around in circles looking for my hotel. Thankfully, I guessed correctly and went down the right streets to my hotel. Checking in was interesting, for I watched a bunch of Chinese ladies claiming their bags without their baggage receipts, and when the hotel owners asked for the receipts, they kept saying they didn’t have it — until one girl finally dug through her wallet and found it. Eventually, I was given the keys to my room, and I happily settled in there. The transparent partition around the bathroom is odd, but since I was by myself, it didn’t bother me. The bed turned out to be super comfortable, and the AC unit proved to be a godsend.
I wandered around western part of Seomyeon, looking for a reasonably priced nail salon. I desired French gel nails, but I wasn’t going to pay more than 60,000 won for the deed. I asked three nail salons before finding a place that charged 55,000 won. I was quite pleased with the end results!
For dinner, I had barley bibimbap. It was okay — not great or bad. If anything, I liked that it came with barley rice instead of the regular white rice. It may not have been the best meal, but it was a healthy one.
Him N Her
I found a super tiny bar a minute from my hotel, but the size didn’t bother me. They had a relaxing atmosphere, a cute and friendly bartender (who spoke with the Busan dialect!), fantastic drinks, and unique bar munchies. The round “styrofoam snacks” and the peanuts weren’t anything new, but providing gim (seaweed laver) struck me as brilliant. Why that never come to me as a drinks munchies is beyond me since gims are low in calories and healthy!
Horrible Heat and Humidity
I slept until noon the next day. I realise that travelling at the end of a work week caused my exhaustion. I did feel refreshed from the sleep, though. Breakfast for me was mul naegnmyeon (cold noodles in broth), and then I valiantly walked to Busan Citizens Park, which used to be the site for Camp Hialeah, a US Army Base. I reached the park, but the 1.5-kilometre walk there gave me another form of exhaustion — heat exhaustion. I stayed only long enough to take the photos, and I walked back to the nearest subway station to return to my hotel. At this point, I realised that summer travelling is not for me.
After I recovered in my room, with the AC on full blast, I ventured out to do a slow exploration of the eastern side of Seomyeon. Honestly, Seomyeon is like a less crowded version of Myeong-dong. I just felt like I was back in Seoul, haha!
I cut across East Seomyeon to visit Jeonpo Cafe Street. I saw a neat wall with flowers on them. I also saw a lot of cafes that were on the main drag, with many of them tucked away in the side streets and alleyways. I even found an anime store in the area! I didn’t buy anything, though, because the merchandises were overpriced, even the Yuri!!! On Ice ones. Instead, I splurged myself at a health-food restaurant that sold these amazing avocado and hummus toast. The toast was nutty and crunchy, and the chilli flakes sprinkled on the avocados gave them a nice kick! I was impressed by this meal! Then I unwinded and cooled off in another cafe with some bubble tea.
For dinner I had mul naengmyeon again. After, I ended my night by returning to Him N Her and had three cocktails. One of them was this beautiful blue drink called the “East Sea”, which was recommended to me by the bartender. I have no clue what went in that drink, but it was so fruity and sweet. The next day, I didn’t oversleep. I had breakfast in the hotel and went for some iced latte from across the street. I packed my luggage and puttered around on my Chromebook until my checkout time. By then it was raining, so the cab I’d requested for pickup was much welcomed. The cab driver took me to Gimhae Airport, and there I waited for my Air Busan flight, which was delayed by an hour. The flight itself was uneventful. Compared to Jeju Air only offering complimentary water on their flight, I did like how Air Busan provided water, tea, coffee, and juice.
When I made it home, I told my parents that Busan was okay, but I didn’t see much because it was just too hot to sightsee. It was a disappointing trip, but I didn’t feel as let down as with Fukuoka. I really do want to return to Busan when it’s colder. Heat and humidity while sightseeing on foot just doesn’t work well for me. I am also just feeling run down from all the travels I’ve done this year. I need a break. I was going to go to Chuncheon for Labour Day weekend, but that is not going to happen. Instead, I’ll rest and save up money for my Guam trip in October. I’ve decided that I require at least two months in between travels to prevent burnouts. Travel is great, yes, and I am thankful for the opportunities, but a line needs to be drawn. Travelling on a regular basis is just not for me. Like most things in my life, I need to maintain balance, and by doing so, I’ll be much happier.