In late October, 2014, I was faced with dwindling time on my visa so I had to leave the country if only to turn right around and come back. There were a bunch of other people doing the same thing, from Korean Americans to a Swiss girl who works in a guest house. This is a pictorial of that event.
- View of the harbor leaving Busan, headed for Tsushima Island, 46 kilometers distant, in the Straits of Tsushima, guarding the entrance to the East Sea (Sea of Japan to the Japanese and still, most of the world.)
- It’s 49.5 kilometers from Busan to the city of I cannot remember the name where we put in to get that much needed stamp on our passports to show that we left the country, albeit only for a couple of hours. This is our guide doing something that she should do more of–look at a map.
Korean Observatory, Tsushima Island, East Sea/Sea of Japan
Looking down on one of the small fishing harbors that punctuate the island. This was is seen directly below the Korean Observatory somewhere overlooking Tsushima Island.
This nice mother/son duo I met on the way to Daemado Island. She currently lives in Seoul where she teaches English. Her son was raised in Utah. He speaks English with a decidedly American accent. “Please don’t post this picture to Facebook,” she said to me. “Do not worry ,” I assured her. “I dislike Facebook probably more than you do, but I have a blog called Bada Ajoshi on WordPress. Do you mind if I post this picture of you there?” “That is fine,” she said to me. This picture was taken from the top of the Korean Observatory (한국 천문대).
There was this Korean-American girl who goes by the English name of Christy. She was living in Korea on an American passport, even though she is culturally pretty much totally Korean (how bizarre but life is full of surprises) and had to leave the country in order to get another 90 day extension to her visa. Here we are outside a Japanese supermarket, on the island of Tsushima (대마도).
This is Jeanine Reinhard, a Swiss girl who works at the K-Pop Guesthouse in Hongdae. She was worth a lot of laughs, and was one of the few white faces to keep me company in a sea of yellow
I bought this cup of coffee in the supermarket on the Japanese island of Tsushima. I told Christy, in Korean (cannot remember why I was speaking Korean as she spoke perfect English) that Seattle, where I used to live, is famous for coffee, it being the birthplace of Starbucks. As for Mt. Rainier, that is the 4,480 meter volcano rife with dozens of glaciers that I have summited twice. Rainier is visible from the city on a clear day.