boats, caves and rivers

28 Jun

(Another long post…)
The other weekend we went down to Chungju lake and Danyang.  We took a bus to Chungju and took a ferry boat to Janghoe (the lake was too low to get all the way to Danyang).  This is a typical toilet in many places here.  I got used to them very quickly my first year (the bar I used to go to only had this style so I had no choice).

When we took a bus to Danyang.  We had to wait almost an hour for the bus, on the side of a road that is not very busy.  Maybe 10 or so cars passed in that hour.  Luckily there was a little shop with ice cream.  🙂  Of course I had to play with a little inch worm I found.  ^.~

On the way to Danyang, it started to pour.  The roads turned into little rivers. The bus dropped us off outside an apartment building.  With no hotel booked, we didn’t want to wander around outside in the downpoar looking for a place so we did what any normal person here would do – went into the little shop in the building, got a nice bottle of makkeolli (막걸리) and some snacks, then hunkered down on some old ripped sofas that were in the hallway of the building.

After the rain slowed a bit we headed out.  We looked at two hotels and decided on the nicer, more expensive one (it was about $75 a night).  It was so nice!!!  Check out the phone!

The next day we headed for the caves.  Caves are cool.  🙂
We went into two different caves.  The first was the most extensive cave in Korea and is also one of the busiest.  Bus tours sometimes stop there so there was a huge line all the way through.  It took about an hour or so to get through.  Beautiful but too busy.  The ways were quite narrow in places, which I quite enjoyed.  Most of the cave was fitted with metal stairs and walkways.  Many of them were almost rusted out in places.

The second cave was much smaller but much more interesting and not as busy.  The tunnels get quite small in places so you basically have to shuffle along in the squat position.  Although I am a bit claustrophobic and my heart was racing a bit fast, I quite enjoyed it.  😀

After the caves we headed back to Danyang to dangle our feed in the river.  It was so hot out it was nice to find a little shady spot under the bridge with some nice big rocks to sit on and watch the water go by.

laura

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3 Responses to “boats, caves and rivers”

  1. Megan June 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Very cool! Love the last picture.

    I can’t imagine being tipsy and trying to use one of those toilets – what skills you must have!!

  2. Stacey June 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    Oh those toilets… once on mueji-do, I went into the toilets and a snake came out of it! So be warned! That was the first time I had seen a snake in the wild. Scary.

  3. silveroses69 July 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    Stacey, that’s so funny… and maybe a bit scary – what would have happened if you were in mid squat?? Yikes!

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