14 Hour Overnite Ferry to CHINA
Sep 05, 2006
Dec 01, 2006
! Slept on and off throughout the night until about 6am and then got up to watch the sunrise. Had some plain bread for breakfast and couldn't wait to get to Weihai, the coastal city we will be staying at for 3 weeks. Arrived in Weihai and it was like Santa Barbara, esp. when we found out our dorms were in a 4-star hotel on the beach with an ocean view. Weihai is Santa Barbara's sister city, it is incredible how alike the two cities are. I was blown away at how modern everything is, and also feeling a bit guilty because everyone thinks I am really roughing it in China which is not really the case, except I am hungry. Breeze and I keep saying how good the filet mignon is and mashed potatoes as we pass the crackers. lol. Had a few hours to roam around town and everything was pretty much closed because it was Sunday but we saw a bus full of school kids and they waved, smiled and were hollaring at Breeze and I which was sweet. Had some Chinese student meet us 3 o'clock and they showed up around Shandong University, took us to the supermarket, showed us where to clean our clothes and a tour of the library. The school is gorgeous and huge. Went back to the hotel and had a welcome dinner which consisted of: jellyfish salad, silkworms and cucumber salad, deep fried Eel, raw mussels, and trout with the head and teeth still on. Went back to the room and ate more crackers. Breezy wrote her family members a send food email as soon as we got back. lol. I figure I can still survive if I do not eat for 3 months, mild version of anorexia. Went to sleep and passed out!
Woke up to a damp and wet Seoul morning which I didn't mind because we were leaving today. Went down to have breakfast and could NOT believe it when I hear my name called by an unfamiliar voice from across the room and it was Liz Choo, a girl I went to Jr. High with who just happened to be in Korea! Such a small world! We had until 3 o'clock until the bus left for the Incheon Port so we packed, had my first Pumpking Spice Latte at Starbucks for Fall (for those who know me will know that is my fav. drink for fall cuz its so autumish and that means holidays!) walked down to a market, bought some really traditional looking braclets and headed back to the hotel. Incheon, which is the major port of Seoul is currently builing the world's largest ship and I was hoping to get a glimpse of it but no such luck. Boarded the HUGE ferry cruise ship that was going to take us on a 14-hour overnite journey to China and it was exactly what I expected.. smelly bathrooms, tiny bunks smushed in a room that Breeze and I had to share with all boys and of course the ocean of the motion all night long(did I mention the boat creaked in the middle of the night)