A quicker way home
Trip Start Aug 28, 2009
48Trip End Sep 28, 2010
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Where I stayed
My studio apartment in Maetan-dong, Suwon
My plan was to get a bus back to Suwon or Seoul from Donghae, although upon arriving at the ferry terminal we were informed that the bus station was closed due to the Chuseok holiday. Joyce and Euniss both had to go there own way from Gangneung, about 35km to the north, so I jumped in a taxi with them in the hope I could get a bus from there. It took about half an hour to get there from Mukho, passing some forested hills and small villages
Luck was on my side in Gangneung, and there was a direct bus leaving for Suwon just ten minutes after I arrived. The girls helped me get a ticket and then we went off in our own separate directions. It was a stroke of luck meeting up with them on the boat tour around Ulleungdo, as not only did I have some company for half of my journey home, but I would reach Suwon about five hours earlier than I planned.
The ride back to Suwon across the Korean peninsula was quite smooth, sticking to the freeway and passing through tunnels and beneath some huge mountains. I was even more impressed with what I saw here, particularly with what I think was Odaesan National Park, and I decided I'd have to come back and visit one weekend. South Korea was a small country, and it was possible to get to almost anywhere within a few hours. Fortunately, I'd made the most of my last week off, visiting the most far flung Korean destination of all (save for Dokdo), and I felt refreshed and ready to start work.