what is up with inflation, yo?!
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we board the flight from inchon, south korea. i am in the "emergency evacuation seat". that's right. i can pull a 50-pound door mid-air. i'm badass. these flight attendants are like...korean dolls. perfect porcelain skin. all their hand movements are super proper. robots. we land in jeju 35 minutes later. i was kinda hoping something would go terribly wrong so that everyone could see my door-openning skills. another time, another time. SEAFOOD AWAITS!!
we are met by a nice korean lady from the island who directs us to our shuttle. we arrive to our hotel and start getting ready for wandering. ONWARD, I AM SEAFOOD BOUND!!
we get to an open-air fish market and walk around. i don't know why i always do this, but i live my life in flip-flops, and walking around a fish market with drenched-wet slick pavement is the worst possible way to enjoy a vacation.
we find mungae. it's in front of me, playfully dancing around a fishtank. toying with my emotions. "mungae uhl-ma eem nee gga?" [how much is the sea squirt?] "hanna eh man won." [one for 10 won.] WHATTHE?!?! JESUSTITTYFUCKINGCHRIST?!?! CRACK IS CHEAPER THAN THAT SHIT!! are you high?!?! inflation is a motherbitch!! you mean to tell me that ONE little measly SEA SQUIRT is $10 friggin' bucks?!?! fuck that.
come to find out, the whole damn island is like this. tangerines, as the island is well-known for, are like, $40 bucks a case. the case has a dozen tangerines in it. WHAAAAAA!??!
don't get me wrong, jeju island has a lot of beautiful things to see, as i will display in other blogs following this one. but this island is for sightseeing. it's super picturesque. don't buy things here. it's highway robbery.
this island is mad sexy. our tour takes us to a botanical garden boasting a wide array of different flora and fauna indigenous to the island. there was a little spring with water from halla mountain, unfiltered. everyone drank from it but me. dude, normally i'd be all for it, but after working at REI as a camping/ climbing specialist and learning about all the water purifiers and filters and why they're necessary, the symptoms and after-effects of giardia and cryptosporidium, I'M COOL, BRO. you can have all that diarrhea for yourself!!
after the botanical gardens we went to a show with little chinese girls performing acrobatics and gymnastics. i feel bad for them. they're taken away from their parents at a very young age by the will of their families.
off to the water!! we get to the coastline to some important rock or whatever. it's 'supposedly' an old woman calling out for her husband who is lost at sea. i don't see it. you decide for yourself. i look at rocks differently. to me it looks like a 5.9+ or a 5.10c. maybe that's why i'm not that interested. there was a gorgeous lagoon though.
after that we went out to sea on a ferry. aaaaaah, i love the ocean!!! my sister wanted to hurl the whole time. i was halfway off the railings.
the tour took us to yet another botanical garden. this one boasting some of the oldest koi fish alive. THEY'RE EFFING MASSIVE. there are some the length of my arm. and the bastards are always hungry. take a look. they're actually kinda creepy. there are so many of them. AND THEY FOLLOW YOU AROUND BECAUSE THEY KNOW YOU HAVE FOOD. seriously, it's creepy. i'm not afraid of anything; i like heights, spiders, roller coasters...okay, i'm afraid of 2 things. clowns and the alien from the movie 'signs'. AUGHHHHH I'M SO SCARED RIGHT NOW I CAN'T TURN AROUND HOLY FUCK....OK...breathe...everything is ok. don't panic...there's nothing there...ok, we're good.
the tour took us to mini-land, a little theme park-esque thing with miniature replicas of world monuments and such. pretty dope. it's like i can say i've seen the taj mahal, the sydney opera house and christ the redeemer all within a 10-minute span. tits!!
then we went back to our hotel and played korean cards. instead of gambling with money, the winner got to draw on the losers' faces with eyeshadow. i only one once.