With the frigid winter cold setting in, my knuckles had turned into a dry and bloody mess, and as Mother Nature would have it, I witnessed the first snowfall of my trip on my 2nd day in South Korea. Everyone around me was running or standing under awnings as if it were the snowpocalypse and hoping it would pass in a few minutes.
Being in a beachtown like Busan is a bit of a downer during the low season, and more than usual, I was dodging “you will not survive here, foreigner” stares. Due to a high volume of expat English teachers working in Korea, I was forewarned not to comment or question how/where Koreans learned English because they can easily get offended. But to be quite honest, I did not commonly witness such language skills. I was engulfed in a “I speak Korean, and I will keep it that way” world for 2 days, and it was lonely. Dare I say, worse than Russia. Suffice it to say that bitter attitudes from a long history of political stress and the bitter cold was not a good mix.
Busan, despite being the 2nd largest city in South Korea, isn’t the most tourist friendly destination there is, but it’s cheap, savory, and decked out with lights this time of year. So as the holidays approach, instead of wishing we were beach bums on the coast of Korea, let’s enjoy the bright lights of Busan.
COOL WALL ART
SOME DELICIOUS FOOD
AND A HIPPO FOR GOOD MEASURE…
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SUSHIYAMA TRAVELS!