Ramada Plaza Cheongju
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The YMCA where I was taking my Korean classes has a field trip once or twice a year for the students who are interested. This was during strawberry season and we went picking strawberries. We started at the Hanok village near our city where there was a guide who walked us around explaining how things were and how they had changed. This specific village was displaced by the rising ...
... I was watching the sky as it shifted and I wanted to start walking farther up the wall. Unfortunately, I was unaware of the valley between two separate mountains being as wide as it was and I ended up walking to find the sun rather than letting it crest the mountain slope. Boo. Talk about anticlimactic.
Since I ruined the sunrise (kind of) I was walking through the village so I could walk from the west gate to the east gate on the wall. ...
... a sushi roll but it has ham, pickled radish, greens, and other things instead of seafood though some of those can be found) as well as simple sandwiches. The positive part of this being the restaurant district is that there's no "fast food" so no McDonalds, BK, Wendy's, Carl's Jr... any of those things I was surrounded by in Jakarta. I'm told there's even a Taco Bell in Seoul so though I have no intention of going out of my way to get to Seoul since I would be going to meet ...
... and on to distant peaks tumbling away towards the horizon, while behind it a sheer rock cliff soared hundreds of feet above. The silence was broken only by the sound of gently trickling water as the monks’ crops were irrigated by an abandoned hosepipe.
Tired, sweaty but satisfied we began our descent back into civilisation, leaving behind us a mystical landscape of mist-shrouded hills and holy retreats.
... was most impressed that we had taken the local bus from Cheongju to Ochang and found the hotel ourselves. As a car driver, he wasn't even aware of the bus number!
We spent two lovely days in Ochang and Michael and Sehwa made sure we had a really great
time. We spent an afternoon in the park, enjoying the sunshine and feeding the fishes, which were the greediest and biggest koi I have seen in South Korea.
We had another lovely day ...