Monday, May 12, 2008

Sindo, Sido, and Modo

This weekend was another long one for Sam and I, and being the glamorous types that we are, we decided to go island hopping. So, one very long subway ride, a bus ride, a ferry ride, and a thirty minute wait for another bus ride we were finally all set to enjoy the undeveloped island string of Sindo, Sido, and Modo. They are the first 3 islands pictured below from right to left. As usual, the rest of the pictures can be found on our picture page (link to the left).

Sam on the ferry out to Sindo.

We met up with Jordan and Lizzy at our minbak (v. small motel) and then headed off to find a seafood dinner. The ajashi (older man) minbak owner had recommended this place to Jordan and Lizzy the night before... and it did not disappoint!

1st course... yes, that's baby octopus at the bottom... delicious!
I'm not entirely sure what all of the rest was, but it was excellent.

Round 2! The server popped down this huge plate of sashimi in front of us, plus mussel soup, fresh cucumbers, shrimp, sweet corn, edemame and dried figs.
At this point we thought that our feasting was over, but then they brought out the spicy soup made from the parts of the fish not used in the sashimi. Stuffed!

The tides come in and go out each day revealing mud flats all over the islands. These are excellent areas to hunt for mollusks... or dock your boat.
Later at the minbak, we played a fierce round of spades.... I don't think I've laughed that hard in a long time! The minbak owner made us the best pajeon (green onion pancake) ever and then later brought in fresh lobster that ajashi had caught! Double stuffed!

The next day we rented bikes and headed over to Sido and Modo to do some hiking along the beach and visit the sculpture park. The beach was mostly rocky, and Sam seemed to really enjoy climbing all over everything. He only scared me half to death a few times by trying to get the highest point without actually considering how to get down. Such the mountain man!

Hunting for mollusks. We really enjoyed being able to use the word "mollusk" excessively over the weekend... because, when do you really get to use that word ever?Here we are at the top of the big hill.
We ended up coming back with Jordan and Lizzy today so that we wouldn't have to rush back for school tomorrow. Overall, it was really nice to get out of the city and explore a bit in the fresh air.
I did learn a couple of lessons, though. 1. If you are going to be climbing all over rocks you should probably wear something besides khaki shorts. 2. I have not ridden a bike since I was 12 and couldn't really judge where my seat/handle bars should have been... Sam is now under strict instructions that if he witnesses me doing something that I haven't done in more than a decade incorrectly (especially if it will render me unable to sit comfortably the next day) he should tell me immediately! 3. I really really like Korea.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend, too!


the other mom said...

Sounds like you had an awesome weekend! Is this something we can do in July??

FYI The picture page link on the left doesn't get you there :)

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