After relaxingly walking through customs we met up with Benj. Yay!! Just like old times! My first comment was wow it’s so clean! Benj chuckled and said, “wait til ya see the rest of it.” Nav’s first comment was “wow they have Starbucks”!? I then noticed Kraze burgers, pointing with excitement, then pointing at Benj…”hehe its you”.
We had some dinner in Incheon, which was this Cajun chicken dish. It was so yummy and so fresh. Also had our first shot of Soju. Nav loved it and took to it like mother’s milk. I thought it tasted like Panadol elixir. (sorry soju lovers….guess I’m not a refined ethanol kinda girl).
The next morning we hopped on a bus and headed for Benji’s home town.. Yeongwol. We were so excited by everything we were seeing and busy snapping away like hungry paparazzi. I was really surprised with the sight I was seeing….the clearest blue sky reflecting on endless mountain terrain lined with dense dark green pine trees.. aligning to a base of yellowish green, systematic rice paddies... “Wow this place is beautiful” I said in disbelief of what I was experiencing…..again Benj chuckled and said “wait till you see the rest of it”.
We arrived in Yeongwol and did some shopping. We also went to the market, which again was so clean. (very different from Flemo..flemington market for non Sydney-siders). The produce here is so fresh. Very natural and rustic.. unlike the genetically modified crap we were accustomed to. We picked up some freshly made Korean savoury pancakes filled with Kimchi and another with Wombuk and noodles.
We hopped in the car, which Cassie had kindly let Benji use while we are here (thanks Cassie..I don’t think I could have stomached the 110km round the bend turns on the bus). It was weird seeing Benj drive on the “wrong side” of the road (left hand side drive).
We drove along the winding roads, stereo blasting UB40, with cool fresh clean crisp air blowing in through the windows. The scenery was indescribably beautiful and the fresh air I was trying to describe above is amazingly fresh. Snippets of Autumn were visible along the mountain side as some of the dense dark green trees displayed light gold, amber and warm red leaves. We could also hear the sounds of the river flowing alongside us and see an endless hedge of huge bright canary yellow sunflowers lining the road. Words cannot describe the true beauty of this place.
We arrived at Benji’s house, chucked our bags down and headed for the river. The river was
so clear that it reflected the beautiful mountain terrain and displayed a bed of smooth white and sand stone coloured pebbles. As we dabbed our feet in the river, tiny little silvery fish slowly nicked at our feet. People pay anything around $35-$50 bucks a pop for fish reflexology….here it was freely available to us.
We sat alongside the river bed eating fresh pancakes and taking in our surroundings totally in awe of what we were experiencing. I looked at Benj and was so proud of him…this was the Krazed Korean’s best kept secret by far…….
By Guest Blogger: MousMous & Mousa.