My gamble paid off, got on the 11 am bus to Busan no problem then the subway leaves from the Express Bus Station & 21 stops later get off & only a 10 min walk to the International Ferry Terminal where there were plenty of berths on tonight’s sailing.
So as we are leaving the harbor & South Korea after 5 restful & enlightening days I figured it would be a good time to reflect on my trip so far as it has covered 14 time zones & a lot of diverse country & cultures.
As of now I have in my travels visited 24 countries including last winters trip & only found 1 that I didn’t care for (Costa Rica). Also found my “Paradise” Guatemala (unequaled so far). All were interesting & worth the visit . Naturally some took my fancy more than others, namely Iceland & the ice fjord at Ilulissat Greenland which is absolutely amazing & mustn’t forget Birmingham which took my fancy much to my (& Tall Paul’s surprise). Even though I didn’t care for Amsterdam it was still an interesting part of the adventure.
However what most amazes me is how fate can play such a significant role in enhancing the great times on a trip!! Last year it kept me on the bus when it stopped in David Panama, where I had planned to get off, allowing me to meet Bob & a great group of ex-pats living there. I merely returned to David later in the week.
Now last week fate cancelled the ferry I had planned on taking from Vladivostok to Japan leaving me with the option of coming to Korea, not only that but she delayed the sailing of the Korea ferry by a day so I had time in Vladivostok. How strange is that!!!
I had considered Korea & might have come any way but it is doubtful as I erroneously thought with visiting Japan & China Korea would likely be much the same. Now I have yet to make it to Japan (2moro morn) or China but I will go out on a limb here & say no, Korea is unique, for one thing it has been divided for over 50 years but my time here has been so different from any thing I have experienced elsewhere that I know it will not be repeated.
Any one coming to the area DO pay a visit, you won’t regret ii!!
I am also starting to like ferry travel which is strange as I never cared for boats but it’s a pretty cool way to travel & saves the cost of a hostel or hotel room. Of course I haven’t experienced any dough weather on one yet so I may well have a change of heart one day.
One thing that I learned last year is that travel changes one not only their outlook on life but their perception of the world. That lesson has been reinforced in spades since leaving the Americas & visiting a small part of Europe 7 Asia. It is unreal how slanted & biased the news reporting is in Canadian media which must take their feed from CNN.
This means that you are really limited as to whom you can have a serious conversation with as most won’t believe what you are saying based on experience as they have only listened to the propaganda & refuse to believe the truth. what is really sad is when someone is so brainwashed about how great a country Canada is they refuse to acknowledge the obvious flaws & just label any one who can see them a pessimist! Oh well that’s their problem.