Kalihi Girl Meets Nami Island

x (26)A lot of the time, things will go wrong – even more so when you are traveling because you’re in a foreign environment or you don’t have the comforts of home to run to. The trick is to not let these things bother you. I know, easier said than done right? But it works, if you give it a try.

This morning we took the metro and rail to venture out into the countryside. It took us almost two hours to reach Gapyeong and would take us at least 15 minutes (by bus) to wind up at Nami Island, famous for scenes filmed there for the “Winter Sonata” K-drama (Korean television series).

Now, Josh and I hate riding these types of shuttle buses. For me, it’s because the height of the bus causes it to sway and makes my head dizzy and my stomach queasy at the same time. After 45 minutes of hairpin twists and turns up a mountain, the bus finally reached a second stop and my head was hanging between my legs.

“Did we miss our stop?” we naively thought to ourselves when we already knew the answer was yes. So we hopped in the back of the first Taxi we saw. By the time we reached the ferry docking station for Nami Island, we were both miserable with beating headaches, flip-flopping stomachs and we were starving. By chance we walked into a deokbeokki (Korean rice mochi covered in a hot pepper sauce) place and a woman fired up our grill.

After filling our bellies, our day started to look up. We ziplined for the first time, to reach Nami Island (the other option is to ride the ferry). It was amazing and not scary at all – this coming from a girl that’s afraid of heights! Then we took a relaxing bike tandem bike ride around the island. Even though the day started rough, it turned out pretty amazing.

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