Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My Korea Trip Journal: Day 5

Even though I slept quite late last night but I woke up early as I'm excited to go to Damyang Park! At first I've plan to go with my Seoul friend (my room mate) then I got katalk from my closed friend asking whether I'm already going out or not. Since I just woke up of course I'm not ready yet ㅋㅋㅋ so he told me that he had woke up late and not going to academy! He told me let's go to So Saewon, similar place to Damyang Bamboo Forest but a little bit smaller. I agreed and get ready to go out. ^^

Then he katalk me again and told me since its quite late, "lets just go to Damyang Bamboo Forest instead!" ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ! so I met him at usual place and we walk to U-Square, he bought the bus ticket and without checking it, we just hop on into bus! Since I travel with local people I didn't aware much however we get on the wrong bus!! ㅋㅋㅋ!! Super funny! we end up somewhere, and he even never been to that place! OK-Gwa terminal! We get off the bus and he asking to the driver. Hahah! We completely go to the wrong direction! Opposite direction!ㅋㅋㅋ

He bought another ticket and kept blaming himself!ㅋㅋㅋ I told him that's was ok and today we really become traveler. ㅋㅋㅋ .After about 20 minutes we reach Damyang, since its Sunday the place were full with people. We walking and snap some pictures. This is my first time surrounding by bamboo forest! It's feel good!! ^^ We do have bamboo back home but we didn't have bamboo forest like this. ㅠㅠ

Since I'm wearing hijabb and we were in rural city, I become center of attraction!! LOL! I'm walking with my Korean friend so most of them wonder about it I guess! ㅋㅋㅋ At one point I told my friend, its because I'm different so people were curious about me! lol Then we tried bamboo ice cream?? First ice cream I had in Korea?? The taste is like strawberry ice cream though may be we got a wrong flavor? ㅋㅋ

Then we went to the bamboo cultural village, here we saw how they paint handmade fan, making hanji papers craft and so on. We had our break here since too tired?? ㅋㅋㅋ After a while we continue and we decide to go to other place. We thought we finished cover the area so we sign the guestbook, however the lady (person in charge) told my friend to bring me to Metasequoia Street. We walk there and at half point my friend told me that he's not sure where the place is.. So we decided to go back and since its going to take almost an hour I need to fresh up myself.

Finish fresh up myself, he told me "since we were here and I'm not sure when you going to come to Gwangju again why don't we just give a try? Let's go to Metasequoia Street? and I wanna let you taste the bamboo bread (빵).I agreed and we start walking again, finally we reach the place. We try to look for the bamboo bread but it seems not available! Quite starving as we didn't have our lunch yet, so he bought donut. The donut box was very cute and the sugar that coated the donut also colorful?ㅋㅋㅋ Then when we were walking along the street we saw the bamboo bread!ㅋㅋㅋ He wanna buy for me but since we already got one box of donut, I told him no need. hehe.

After strolling and taking some pictures, we decided to go home, we try to get a cab however at that hours no cab around ㅠㅠ, so we decided to walk from Metasequoia Street to Damyang bus station. We saw sunset while walking. Very nice experience! ^^ but its getting colder too! ㅠㅠ We walked closed since it was very cold and when we were near to the town, something happen!! I am very scared of dogs! As Muslim, we cannot raised a dog so I get very scared when I saw them.

At first I just heard dog barking! I asked him, "is there many stray dog at Korea?" He told me not much, I think that's inside property. So we kept walking, but then I heard that dog barking was very near to us. I asked him again and at that time I look forward and backward. No dogs. However I didn't realize that the dog is actually next to me!! It was small dog, puppy?? When I saw it I was like became a statue!! Don't know what to do! and that puppy seems happy to see me and was trying to jump on me!!! (I think that dog wanna play with me!) On my mind was like! Ohh My!!!!! Feel wanna cry! ㅠㅠ. Seeing I'm panic, my friend pull me closed to him and to the other direction and chased the dog away. Pheww!! I was like! Die for a second??? LOL

He kept asking if I'm doing fine. ㅋㅋㅋ Since it was so cold and I just had shocking experience I guess I catch cold! Hahha!! All the way inside the bus, I just sleeping on his shoulder?? I also have no idea how come it turn out to be like that?? ㅋㅋㅋ Whenever I woke up, he kept told me to sleep again and put my head on his shoulder! ㅋㅋㅋ Then we reach Gwangju, we tried to look for the vegetarian restaurant but we can't find it!! We kept searching for it until he gave up! ㅋㅋㅋ He called his mom asking for some information and we went to his neighborhood area to look for vegetarian restaurant. We reach there unfortunately the restaurant closed!!!

What a..! ㅋㅋㅋ He called his mom again and he told me let's just go to his house. His mom offered to cook for us. I was like @_@!! I never meet any of Korean friend mom, so I'm panic! Hahha! I told him lets just go look for other vegetarian restaurant. We went to the city, Songmoo (some sort of Gangnam area if it were in Seoul) We went around few times looking for a restaurant! LOL After a while we found the restaurant!!ㅋㅋㅋ Seafood restaurant! There we ate kalguksu. ^^ Finally we had our first proper meal for today! Wee ^^

After finish, we grab some coffee. (I become coffee addicted at Korea)!! We chat for a while and heading home. On the way home I'm not feeling well and decided to cancel my plan to Jeju. ㅠㅠ I'm not 100% in good condition and I have no friend at Jeju. I save Jeju for next time ^^. When I reach home, he katalk me, saying that his mom wanna meet me personally! Again, I was like!! @_@!!! His mom offered to drive me somewhere even to Jeonju or Suncheon but just me alone, without her son! I was very nervous and can't give him the answer. ㅋㅋㅋ. He told me to think about it and let him know tomorrow morning. My mind was blank! LOL I don't even know when I fall asleep!. Wonder what was my answer??? See you in the next entry! ^^* ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Our first bus (goes wrong direction) ㅋㅋㅋ

second bus

Damyang Bamboo Park ticket

Damyang Bamboo Park

Bamboo Ice Cream??

Metasequoia Street

Donut's box

Hollys Coffee ^^

p/s: Since we were too starving, cold and so tired, we forgot to snap our dinner pictures! ㅋㅋㅋ What a fantastic day!! Most memorable day during my 2013 Korea Trip!! ㅋㅋㅋ ^^*

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