Busan

Yonggoongsa Temple

Yonggoongsa Temple

You’ve heard everyone rave about Busan, absolutely everyone. You don’t care one way or the other, not yet. You know it’s in the south of Korea, is a beach city, and that one of your friends from high school is attending university there. That’s about it. No one from work is going with you, so you courageously set off for Yangje station by yourself at 21:30 and hope you’ll be able to sleep during the majority of the six hours it’s going to take to get to Busan by bus. You awkwardly stand outside the two busses wondering who you should see about check-in. Another girl with a full backpack comes up to you and you make light conversation. You sign up to be roommates along with two other strangers and off you go into the night. When you finally make it to Busan, the sun has fifteen minutes before it rises, and you shuffle to your room. Your roommates consist of your new bus friend, Nhia, another girl, Meredith, and a guy. You balk at this for a bit, but Meredith assures you that he seems cool and is a gentleman about it. You take a spot on the bed and crash, too tired to bother staying up five more minutes for a cloudy sunrise.

Gamcheon Culture Village

Gamcheon Culture Village

You wake up ravenous and everyone makes their way over to Sharky’s for brunch. Stealing some seats with a view, you order a midday margarita and a huge plate of food because hey, you’re on vacation. You spend the next hour and a half waiting for your food by having passionate debates about the state of education in both Korea and the States with Nhia and Meredith. The three of you share your interests and dreams while looking out at Gwangali Beach and marveling at how small the world really is. Brunch wasn’t nearly as satisfying as you had hoped, so the three of you set off in search of chocolate pastries and coffee. You have no idea where anything is, but no one is worried about it, and you just go where the feeling takes you. Your friend living in Busan comes out to meet you and catch up on the last couple of years. Beach mats and beer are eventually bought and soon you can feel the sand between your toes.

Gwangali Beach

Gwangali Beach

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