Last weekend, I escaped from the city and headed to Cheongpyeong, a popular summer holiday spot east of Seoul. Unfortunately, I made the error of taking the subway instead of the train which would have been much less of a hassle. For some reason, brilliant me decided that subway = train and after three transfers and two and a half hours of attempting to drown out the shrieks of little children ended up cranky and grumpy and quite late to my neighbour Mia’s birthday party at Buddy House, which of course, was another half an hour away from the train station. Did I mention it was a sweltering hot day?
Travel woes aside, Cheongpyeong is gorgeous and makes the most of the wonderful rolling hills, lakes and lush greenery that is prevalent in Korea. There are plenty of opportunites to make the best of the weekends if one plans ahead (and isn’t rushing to the pension on subway!) I keep telling myself that I should organise something and do this more often but city living makes you feel like you just don’t have the time and trying to coordinate with people is also a chore in and of itself. Thankfully, there are people like Mia and occasions like birthdays that bring people together.
The pension provides a grill and the charcoal can be purchased for a small fee but you can always get everything you need at the megamarts near the station and have them drive you up. Near the pension is a dock where you can enjoy some water sports like wakeboarding, banana boat etc. and although I was a tad bit too late to appreciate the water, the BBQ, ice cold makgeolli and the great company made up for it.
Not a bad way to spend a pseudo Fourth of July weekend. Just remember to bring your bug spray.
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