Haegeumgang Rock Islands

July 21, 2013

I've been increasingly distracted this month. We hit the "six month mark" in Korea and I'm feeling homesick. Korea in the summer is hotter and more humid than anywhere I've ever lived before. For the past few weeks, I've felt fatigued, overwhelmed, and impatient.

Sometimes, it's easy for me to forget how fortunate I am to be living abroad like this: rent-free, burden-free. The next time I complain about my own life, someone slap me.

Two weeks ago, we took a ferry tour to Oedo, a small botanical island on the Southeast side of Geojedo, our current home. On the way, we stopped to admire the Haegeumgang rock islands (see above). This trip was definitely worth the 30,000 Won, which included the rock island tour and admission to Oedo. We couldn't understand the tour guide, as the entire service was in Korean, so I opened my window wide and took in the fresh sea air. Passengers were only allowed out on the deck for about 15 minutes, while the captain wedged us backwards into a small opening in the rocks. We looked up and marveled at the height of the rocks, towering over us. Back into the boat, and I hung my head to quell my seasickness. The staff were kind enough to hand each member of our group (three Westerners) a slip of paper with a departure time so that we did not miss our ferry back to Geoje. If you're considering taking a tour of Haegeumgang, I say go for it.

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  1. Gorgeous photos, as always, Mal! <3 That ferry ride looks incredible-- I may want to take that tour sometime this summer! :P

    (Also, I'm tremendously homesick, too-- it's the 3 mo mark for me.)


  2. reminds me of pictured rocks in the UP....don't worry about the homesickness...we'll all be here when you get back so enjoy it while you can! you've got the rest of forever to be in the states, there is too much to see outside of here...and with all your world wisdom you'll have when you get back you will have a greater ability to make change! : )

  3. Jen - hang in there! I think it comes in waves, the homesickness. It's hard being away for so long, but as Kelli pointed out, there are so many things to see and do, so much to learn from this experience. I know I am truly privileged to be here right now!

  4. Hey, I definitely understand the homesickness and how this weather can affect you. We are definitely blessed to live this life, but that doesn't mean that we don't have our hardships. :)

  5. It truly felt like we were pulling up to Jurassic Park in that rock opening. Just looking at these shots, I can now guarantee the theme song will be stuck in my head all day... as well as "clever girl."


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