27.07.2011 - 29.07.2011
We were having so much fun in Jeju that neither of us wanted to go to Busan. Not really a great attitude, and definitely not our usual outlook towards a trip. Our mood wasn't really improved by the fact that it was raining when we got to Busan. After stopping to buy a couple of umbrellas, we made our way to the bus and found our accommodations, the Blue Backpapckers.
Since we had gotten on an earlier flight our room wasn't ready yet. No problem, we dropped off our things and headed out for lunch.
After lunch, despite the rain, we headed out to Beomeosa Temple. The temple is in a magnificent location right in the mountains. I think the rainy weather made it seem more mystical because of the clouds drifting around the mountains. When we got there it was pouring and we had to wait under the eaves of buildings several times for the rain to abate. It's a working temple and as we walked around we saw several people praying and meditating.
The next day we decided to go to Spa Land. Neither of us had ever been to a public bath and I was definitely apprehensive about getting naked and bathing with a bunch of strangers. After the initial shock, it was fine. After showering and soaking in various baths, I put the Spa Land uniform on and met Cassio in the relaxation room to try out the saunas. The hottest one we went into was 66* Ita was so hot I could barely keep my feet on the floor. After spending a few hours in Spa Land I felt really relaxed and my skin felt amazing!
After Spa Land, we went to the Jalgachi fish market. The market is very vibrant with tanks full of live fish just waiting to be bought and eaten. I wanted to eat sashimi at one of the restaurant stalls, but Cassio wasn't too keen, so we didn't do it. Maybe next time.
Instead, we went back to the neighborhood by our hostel and checked out the street food stalls behind the Lotte department store. We ate some chicken skewers and a little ball of fried dough that was stuffed with sunflower seeds and sugar. Yum!
Although we we had been regretting our decision to go to Busan, it turned out to be a nice city that pleasantly surprised both of us. The vibe is much more laid back than Seoul and we saw very few foreigners while exploring the city. We didn't even get a chance to check out Korea's most famous beach, Haeundae Beach! I guess that means we'll have to go back to Busan...