I took another little break from cooking again, this time to go to Jeju-Do, Korea’s prized vacation destination. It was S’ idea, a little surprise to celebrate our 2-year anniversary, and I couldn’t have been more delighted.
So for a few days, we basked in Jeju’s fresh-air and savoured the delicacies that were unique to this volcanic island, famous for its rare craters, the snowy-capped Hala Mountain, lush foliage and sandy beaches. And, as I later learned, it is also home to a distinct culture with many local myths and unique traditions, and was the stage for a bloody uprising in 1948 (you can read more about that here.)
Even though our un-serependitous timing confronted us with wind and rain, it was easy to see why this place is so popular. We spent the first two days visiting a botanical garden, a tea plantation, some novelty museums, and eating. It was not the outstanding seafood nor the Jeju black pork, but rather the clementines and halabongs (a special type of local oranges) that stole my palate.
Then the sun finally came out and we drove around looking for craters, waterfalls, orange groves and seaside roads.
It was a lovely weekend, and I would highly recommend a visit to anyone who needs a break from the hustle and bustle of Seoul. I came back feeling rested and inspired, and in need for some homemade goodness after too many heavy meals out. Lucky for me, I found 4 little black bananas sitting on my counter, begging to be turned into bread. I happily obliged, and made some with yogurt and walnuts. They were obviously a hit, because I didn’t even have the time to snap a picture before they devoured in just a few bites.
But alas, it’s time to get serious about school. I sometimes forget that I’m a student with readings that are increasingly being ignored.