Wow. . . so back to Munsusan during the week-- Dave sent his 11d project 4th try! I belayed his last two tries. . .a bit dramatic on the send-- pulling up rope, dropping it, yelling for me to "take" but just the slack (he was above the bolt!!) but an awesome send, and he deserved the rest-day Thursday. I spent a few work-days at the crags, and visited the gyms in town. Oh Haeng-sun, whom we met last weekend, met me one evening for a chat/workout. I'll have to talk to her when I return to Ulsan.… Continue
Added by Sonia on March 30, 2008 at 9:03am —
well, busy busy busy. . . Sat a bunch of folks met up for some climbing at Daeryokbong on Geumjeongsan. Dave from Gunsan tured 21 on Sunday, and along with Mike from Osan, was starting a week-long trip thru Korea. Rick, Dalton and Colby (with a friend, Tom) came out, as did locals Dave and Natalie (whom I met at the Meet and Greet) and Heather from Ulsan. The local Busan Climbers and PNU Alpine Club were out as well, and were able to help me match all the climbs up. Sunday it rained-- so I did… Continue
Added by Sonia on March 26, 2008 at 10:00am —
Well, things finally got ultra productive!! I managed to find the areas north of Tongyeong pretty easily. The young woman at the information center (where I added to my hefty map collection) in Tongyeong had given me a general area yesterday. She helped me find the myeon-- a rural administrative district in Korea-- on the map. Now I was on the main road, and as soon as I entered Gwnagdo-myeon, I saw the Myeon office. I have had pretty good luck stopping at administrative offices for informtion… Continue
Added by Sonia on March 23, 2008 at 9:55am —
so I left Ricky's (I was getting a little lazy, but also a bit more organized, at Ricky's . . . a little too social, watching movies. . . I did like her Korean keypad, though. . .
and so I left for Sacheon. . . which is a nice, but spread out city with a very bright power plant! I stopped in Suncheon for dinner, so I rolled in a little late. . . but a managed to find a nice jjimjilbang on the beach. . . there was actually an outdoor tub overlooking the beach, which was nice! I am not… Continue
Added by Sonia on March 21, 2008 at 2:34am —
Yellow dust is a phonomenon that has been affection Korea for over a decade and getting worse every year. In springtime, the sky get hazy (and even yellow) as a cloud filled with dust and heavy metals blows in from China. It's blamed on deforestation and the expansion of the Gobi Desert.
I am at the far tip of the penninsula, but it is still bad. 10 years ago, it was limited to a few days several times in the spring. . . it's getting longer ad more intense, starting earlier. .… Continue
Added by Sonia on March 18, 2008 at 7:05am —
This is taking a lot longer than I thought!! My "to do" list adds two things for every one I finish!!
Meanwhile, time off is a trip to the gym (though I spend time between problems browsing magazines and asking questions. . .) with membership comes a key to the gym. . . maybe I'll crash here next time I'm in town;/
I talked to a couple groups of art students, and am waiting to hear back. They seemed very hesitant to paint my car (you don't see much of that here, though… Continue
Added by Sonia on March 14, 2008 at 3:17am —
I got the idea the other day, to ask the art students at my old university to paint my car for me. As it is, it gets a lot of attention. Basically, no one in Korea drives a car that looks like mine-- I bought it from the USAF base in Gunsan. . . a 1994 Elantra. . . little dented, little rusted, $150. I paid way more for breaks, minor repairs, battery, and photo-radar speeding tickets (before I realized the cameras were for real. . . ) heck, insurance was over $700. . . and between acations and… Continue
Added by Sonia on March 11, 2008 at 10:30am —
Again, hard to get up off a warm floor! I probably didn't leave the cchimchilbang until almost 10! Most of the morning was spent online, arranging a place to stay (with Mauricio in Junghwasandong). . . enjoying the perfect latte at Flanel. A quick lunch (maemiljangbangkuksu-- spicy buckwheat noodles and vegetables) and visit to Jeonju University (strange my desk is not my desk. . . and this year the freshman I had when I started are returning as seniors!) then to the new… Continue
Added by Sonia on March 11, 2008 at 3:41am —
So I have two winter sleeping bags, both in the USA. In Korea I have a very old summer bag. . . but fleece and thermals. . . and somewhere a blanket. . . and Ian had an extra bivy sack. . . so I had my fleece on, but was so warm at first, that I didn't put on the thermals. . . was pretty cold all night as I tried to work up the courage to put on the thermals. I did manage to put on wool socks, which helped alot. . . but ended up sleeping most after Ian's obnoxious talking phone/alarm clock went… Continue
Added by Sonia on March 10, 2008 at 7:36am —
I slept a lot later than I thought!! Something about a warm floor. . .
I determined that my trials in Vietnam were all set to make me appreciate Korea more. it seems so efficient. . . as I was driving from Nonsan to Jinan, I see a sign pointing out my highway, 1, next right at intersection. I end up going on this obvious farm rode-- but it's paved! In Vietnam and Cambodia, there are no highways, much less expressways to speak of. Motorbikes, bicycles, oxcarts use the same roads as… Continue
Added by Sonia on March 9, 2008 at 6:00am —
OK, well, here is my first real experiment with blogging! An acquaintance suggested blogging the Korean road trip, but I thought it would be just one more thing to fit in. . . well, that's true, but keeping track of my progress might be inspiring anyway. moreover, the whole thing is becoming more adventurous. . . and who knows what is yet to come. . . I figure keeping an online journal will at least give all the "events" their purpose, as part of this story.