First Night in Seoul (here).
Ok pagi ni bangun awal. Done my packing the night before so pagi tu terus mandi. After bersiap ala kadar I went to the kitchen. Sebelum tempat tu jadi crowded, better lah aku buat breakfast dulu. I had instant porridge & hot green tea. Semua aku hangkut all the way from KK.
Tengah melayan bubur instant (tapi sedap!) masuk lah penghuni lain. Ada couple ni dari Russia, pastu Aunty dari Spain, budak Pinoy depan bilik aku & Ahjumma yang baru balik dari Sokcho. Terus beramah mesra di awal pagi. Cakap sekerat, almaklum level Eng kami semua boleh tahan tunggang langgang. Aku lancar bercerita sama budak Pinoy tu jak sebab kebetulan 'wavelength' kami senada. And Ahjumma tu bersungguh bercakap sama aku lepas tau aku mau pi Sokcho pagi tu.
"The view...very beautiful. Now peak autumn, more people. U alone? Take care."
Gitu kan bercakap. Biarlah ayam itik, janji kau faham aku faham. Lepas breakfast; check out, kiss goodbye sama Meow dua ketul tu & borak sikit sama si Agnes...aku pun mulakan langkah. Purposely aku jalan awal although aku belum plan mau naik bas jam berapa. Janji sampai Sokcho not later than late evening. Plan harini mau ronda Sokcho town & Abai Village. Ni semua hasil godaan si Jea. Lagipun dalam web KTO suggest that week was the right time to visit Soraksan. Peak foliage katanya.
|From the hostel I walked to Jong 3-sam ga Station. Mainly to avoid the scary stairs at Anguk Station. Kununnya!|
|Good morning Gyedan! Seawal pagi kita berjumpa ah. And I thought departing from this station would be less torturing than Anguk Station? Ouh boy was I wrong. Yang ni 2x5 juga! Anguk tu ok lagi sebab ada escalator 2 level terbawah.|
|Mind our own business katanya.|
|Dong Seoul Bus Terminal located just opposite Gangbyeon Station Line 2.|
|Boleh menjamu perut at Lotteria while waiting for the bus to depart but I chose the Yakguk over the resto. Kaki yang sakit perlu extra attention, perut boleh letak tepi.|
|Albeit arriving early, I only managed to grabbed the 11am bus to Sokcho. Ndak apa, bukan in rushing pun. I've planned to go to Sorak the next day.|
|Hasil belian di awal pagi. Ndak sia2 belajar the language, the Pharmacist understood what I wanted. Basic language jak tapi kureng lah sikit scene ayam itik. I bought the gel for my muscle pain because the spray is too expensive. And I also bought the instant cold/hot pack thanks to Dayang for bebel-ing the night before.|
|Ahjumma & Ahjussi memang paling suka outdoor adventure i.e hiking. Apa sangat sejuk autumn ni, sedangkan winter yang sejuk beku tu pun diorang tetap hiking.|
|Bound for Sokcho. The bus to Sokcho departs every 10-20 minutes. Having said that, there will be few buses with Sokcho signboard.|
Tips: Make sure the clock displays on the bus window (green box) match with the time printed on ur ticket.
|Taiwanese friends I met while waiting for the bus. They're going to Sokcho as well.|
|Rest & Relax area. Aku malas turun sebab ndak da urusan pun.|
|View sempat aku snapped on the way. Main zoom jak lah. Tumpang window orang lain. Sobs.|
23 Oct 2014
|Journey to Sokcho takes about 2.5 hours. Upon reaching the intercity bus terminal (this is the final destination if u hop on the bus from Dong Seoul terminal), I quickly ran to the ticket counter.|
|Bus timetable for Sokcho - Dong Seoul Station|
|Sokcho Intercity Bus Station.|
|That's the bus stop. Mau pergi Soraksan, pun kena tunggu bas dari sini.|
|Refer to the orange timetable if u're going to Soraksan. Sebabkan hostel aku tu terletak on the way to Sorak, jadinya aku pun kena ambil the bus bound for Soraksan as well.|
Because we have another 30 minutes before the bus arrives, my Taiwanese friends & I took the opportunity to exchanged emails & fb accounts. I swear they are amongst the cutest girls I've met during this trip. Ndak cukup tulis nama fb in English, they even wrote them in Chinese characters. As if aku boleh baca lah kan? And they even drew their profile picture just in case I couldn't recognize them in fb.
Masa ni aku off wifi modem because the Wifi Eonni at the airport told me there will be no connection signal in Sokcho for the modem I rented. My good friend went to Sokcho a week after that & her modem worked fine! Strong signal strength lagi. Kalau tau ada connection, boleh jak aku buka fb time tu & add them right away sebab sampai sekarang neither of us could find each other in fb. We only keep in touch via email for the time being. Their Chinese names were just too complicated to search in fb. Told them I have plan to go to Taiwan & yes they're really excited. Siap bentang places to visit...and of course, offer jadi guides. Insha Allah, harus ku cari kalau jadi plan aku pi Taiwan.
|When 아저씨 found out I was travelling solo, he insisted me to take the picture of the bus stop signage in case aku sesat. So sweet!|
|Bus arrived on time, tanpa diragui lagi!|
|Inside the guesthouse lobby. Selca dulu while area ni masih ndak da orang. Surprise surprise...suddenly pagi tu lepas breakfast, aku muat trench coat yang aku bawa tu! Badan aku ni sengaja bah kan suruh aku shopping sweater bagai! Badan adalah mengecut? Sebab sejuk katanya. Eh?|