M.V. Hanjin Pretoria

Typed up at: Laura and Alan's place in Emeryville, Starbucks in Palo Alto Posted from: Laura and Alan's place in Emeryville, Andy and Juliette's place in Newbury Park The port agent drove us to the place where our ship had just docked. The gangplank wasn't down yet, so we spent a while just standing next to the car taking pictures. It was dark, and huge cranes with bright lights were already starting to take containers off the ship.

Busan

Typed up: on ship to Long Beach Posted from: Andy and Juliette's house in Newbury Park The bus ride to Busan was over an hour shorter than the book had said it would be. I think they must have built some new roads since the book was written. It was easy to find a locker that fit both our bags at a metro station. Then we spent the afternoon just wandering a little until it was time to meet Matthew, our CouchSurfing host.

Cheongju

Typed up: on ship to Long Beach Posted from: Andy and Juliette's house in Newbury Park We took the bus from the Express Bus Station in Seoul to Cheongju. It was great. The bus had leather seats similar to business class in an airplane, yet ticket prices were still pretty low. The scenery was nice and green. It felt like Korea has a lot of space that is not built up, and is determined to keep it that way.