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Love Busan

Michelle Ponders along the rocky cliffs not far from Songdo Beach in Busan.

Michelle ponders along the rocky cliffs not far from Songdo Beach in Busan. Beautiful.

A look of happiness and determination…

A look of curiosity and hope…

A look of confidence and valor…

A look towards the future…

This was the first photo I snapped of Michelle a few weeks ago amid a brief silence sitting on the rocky cliffs not far from Songdo Beach in Busan. During our serene time together on the rocky shore, no other photo I took reflected such a true moment of solace; it still amazes me.

It had been a rough few weeks with work and life for the both of us and we hoped to start off with a clean slate in August. Both of us have had our concerns and changes regarding work which has added slight burdens to normal daily life, and so to shake things up a little bit, Michelle mentioned that we get outta dodge for a few days, immediately. It was Wednesday afternoon (7/31) and she wanted to bounce somewhere Friday evening. After briefly mentioning Gwangju, I reneged on that idea, and then mentioned Busan. Michelle was game.

First thing was first, get a hostel. I searched and searched, but no decent hostel was available on HostelWorld, so I tried Hostelbookers.com and saw that a nice-looking hostel in a good location named SOLONGOS had only 2 available beds left for the weekend. BAM! I was on it and reserved the beds immediately. Next, the train tickets. When all trains appeared to be sold out, Michelle worked her magic to get us seats at the times we wanted for the entire roundtrip; I was completely amazed!

Michelle and I had also decided to meet up at the last-minute for coffee and dinner in Hapjeong in order to discuss what we wanted to do in Busan and to catch up on some work together. At first, I was considering checking out my friend’s new art studio in Busan, but Michelle and I ultimately decided that we did not want to have our time dictated by any appointments or promises; we just wanted to do what we wanted to do when we wanted to do it. We simply wanted to relax and this was exactly what we did.

OMG! Busan!!! Again and Again!

OMG! Busan!!! Again and Again!

This lady kept peeking through while we were taking photos.

This lady kept peeking through while we were taking photos.

We arrived quite late Friday evening and went straight to bed. We got a late start the following morning, and the first thing we did was grab lunch and then head to Songdo Beach. It was slightly cloudy and it even rained in 5-minute intervals at times, but that didn’t scare away the hoards of people that continued to accumulate more and more on the beach. Even on this small. fairly unpopular beach, it was a mad-house. Therefore, I opted we go on a little hike alongside the ocean to get away from the crowds – this was the highlight of our trip.

Songdo Beach - Busan Packed!

Songdo Beach – Busan
Packed!

Songdo Beach Cliff Hike

Songdo Beach Cliff Path

Michelle on Suspension Bridge

Michelle on Suspension Bridge

Michelle on Suspension Bridge - Photo 2

Michelle on Suspension Bridge – Photo 2

Michelle on Suspension Bridge - Photo 3

Michelle on Suspension Bridge – Photo 3

We then decided to head off the path and hang out down by the rocky shore for awhile and goof around. Michelle even challenged me that I couldn’t run back up the rocks really fast, and to her amazement, I did it just like I said I would. She was the only witness besides some fishermen nearby that starred at me like I was crazy. No matter, I had to prove that I could do it.

Michelle is flying

Michelle is flying

Michelle, Busan model

Michelle, Busan model

After Songdo beach, of course, you know me, we then headed to Galmegi Brewery to have a few brews and some “abruzzo” pizza to help us relax even more.

Half and Half pizza

Half and Half pizza – Michelle opted for no cheese. Say what?!?

Return to Galmegi Brewery

Return to Galmegi Brewery

After Galmegi, we took it easy the rest of the day as well as the following day. It was definitely a time for some R & R, and we surely did just that, but maybe a little too much (see below).

Michelle and I at Solongos Backpackers Guesthouse

Michelle and I at Solongos Backpackers Guesthouse

Out cold.

Out cold.

This was essentially an in-n-out trip to Busan, but it granted us some necessary rest-time away from the mundane, and a chance to breath and experience the sea up close and personal, something of which I miss quite often having lived by the ocean for over 20 years. Michelle and I love Busan, and it’s always a great place to visit, again and again. Until next time…

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