After this winter crossing of Korean mountains, here we are in Seoul. We stayed there for two weeks, comfortably installed at my cousins who cook for us some delicious French dishes. We have to admit, we were missing it !
We obviously dedicated a good part of our time to our new favorite activity, the preparation of the chinese visa. Surprise, this time, it works ! Our Asian trip can continue.
The rest of the time, we engaged in activities far less entertaining : visits, walks, and going out with friends of Elsa, who are, like, by chance, in Seoul too.
Our bikes had stayed in the garage for too long and start hopping up and down, so we got back on the road, heading south ! For once, we have planned our itinerary, a great first. We took the time to contact a lot of people on our road and ask them for a possible accommodation. Almost all of our requests had been accepted, and we are left to navigate from house to house ! We are greeted in turn by Myeong in her family’s apartment, by Juhee in her tiny village, by Joe in his student room, or at Alex’s, Irene’s, or Euijin’s.
When we are received by people, we like to prepare a dish for our guests. There are periods, before Seoul we usually made pancakes,now we are more into bread and cookies. Problem is, they require an oven, an element that koreans rarely have in their kitchen. If by chance they have one, it has never been used, or as a closet. In all cases, when asked if they have an oven, it is always an adventure, it is necessary to peel the instructions in Korean and remove the packets of noodles stored inside !
Between two encounters, we camped a bit. Nothing easier in South Korea, it seems that everything is made for camping. As you pedal on quiet roads or over long cyclepaths, we regularly find water points, toilets and shelters for the tent, the winning trio for a three stars camping.
One evening we tried the famous Jimjilbang, the koreans baths where there is always a room where we can spend the night. At the entrance, they provides us with a bath towel, mustard pyjamas, a blanket, and here you go. Sauna, hot tubs, cold pool and showers are at our disposal for the evening !
When we know where to sleep at night, with a hot shower provided, and someone waiting for us, we are much more motivated ! We pedal faster and longer in the day. We quickly reach quickly Busan, in the South-East of Korea, where we will take the ferry to Japan. We are housed at Chris’, an anglo-belgian settled here for ten years ! We speak French, drink red wine and eat bread with chocolate and cheese. Mmmh, without cheese for us, thank you.