à la une-400 jours - James WS - Corée du sud (6 sur 28)

Feeling like home in South Korea

OK, so, South Korea, what does it look like?

Take an unsharpened pencil and draw a tiny peninsula hanging from the right side of China. Divide it into two units. The north side good friend with Russia. The other, good friend with America. You add nice green mountains, not so high. You draw some oaks, cherry trees, red pines and traditional houses full of coquetry, especially on its roofs.

Very shy at first contact, Koreans are very friendly and generous after having gained the confidence. A little bit like french people actually, but without baldness and potbelly. Most of the  ladies are wearing a mask on their mouth and nose, gloves and a huge cap visor (like an elizabethan dog collar, sorry) because being tanned is a very bad thing in South Korea. Very important too, to end the picture, set themselves a smartphone in front of the last part of their faces still exposed. Draw them walking in the street, especially the young people, with this didactical carrot.

Among the things we really enjoyed in South Korea, it’s the public equipments for cyclists. Bike lanes protected by solar panels, free maps and guide books, rest areas, lovely kiosks, toilets and free campsites. But we easily understood that it was so easy to camp even when there wasn’t any campground on our way. We started kindly, hidden in parks. Then, we quickly found a comfortable position. Feeling like home. We invested the gardens of museums, the lands of the universities, the public kiosks and rest areas. In a word, we’ve never been ashamed. And to take a shower, no problem, we heated water with the petrol reactor (commonly named « stove »). Once hot, we poured it in the water tank, we hang it and we got a comfortable outside shower. Such a great comfort  to be able to camp anywhere with hygiene and tranquility.

Even if I felt a tiny bit shameful when the nice traditional house, at the museum came close to go up in smoke when ignited drops of petrol decided to escape from the stove. Actually, we regret a little bit to have bought this machine : expensive, heavy, doesn’t cook but burns. Not to mention how Caroline likes it. But anyway, when there is no gaz, it’s better than nothing.

So, I turn the stove on on the wooden platform. I know, that’s not very bright, but I always have a full bottle of water near by, in case of. The stove was working normally when it started leaking ignited drops running into the slots of the wood. I calmly grab my bottle of water to extinguish this emerging fire. I don’t know if you already had the brilliant idea to pour water on petrol on fire. I must tell you it’s not great. Water goes under the oil and, without extinguishing anything, just carries at a fast pace the ignited petrol until the pile of dry leaves. You see? The stove is still making its 1m high flame (I’m not exaggerating) meanwhile it’s still leaking an ignited stream of petrol that is setting a fire down the traditional wooden house.

When I was a child, I dreamed of becoming a firemen. Now, we can say this dream came true. As a rescuer of the Korean heritage, I feet that a statue of me, in a public square, would not be excessive at all.

Anthony

400 jours - Seoul - Corée du sud (2 sur 25)
Seoul Airport – South Korea
400 jours - Seoul 2 - Corée du sud (23 sur 23)
Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - Seoul 2 - Corée du sud (20 sur 23)
Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - Seoul 2 - Corée du sud (13 sur 23)
Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - Seoul 2 - Corée du sud (9 sur 23)
Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - Seoul - Corée du sud (15 sur 25)
Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - Seoul - Corée du sud (20 sur 25)
Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - Seoul - Corée du sud (19 sur 25)
Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - Seoul - Corée du sud (13 sur 25)
Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - Seoul - Corée du sud (9 sur 25)
Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - 1er jour de vélo - Corée du sud (3 sur 11)
We met Park Young Jin, talented leather designer and fond of Bromptons, at his shop Aesopica – Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - 1er jour de vélo - Corée du sud (6 sur 11)
At Aesopica – Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - 1er jour de vélo - Corée du sud (1 sur 11)
At Aesopica – Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - 1er jour de vélo - Corée du sud (7 sur 11)
At Aesopica – Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - 1er jour de vélo - Corée du sud (8 sur 11)
Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - 1er jour de vélo - Corée du sud (9 sur 11)
Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - 1er jour de vélo - Corée du sud (10 sur 11)
Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - 1er jour de vélo - Corée du sud (11 sur 11)
Seoul – South Korea
400 jours - 3ème jour de vélo - Corée du sud (1 sur 9)
Gulam-Ri – South Korea
400 jours - 2ème jour de vélo - Corée du sud (11 sur 14)
BBQ with Il Soo Shin and his friends – Gulam-Ri – South Korea
400 jours - Copains cyclistes - Corée (1 sur 1)
Il Soo Shin and his friends – Gulam-Ri – South Korea
400 jours - 5ème jour - Corée du sud (26 sur 32)
Rice fields – South Korea
400 jours - 5ème jour - Corée du sud (18 sur 32)
Mountains – South Korea
400 jours - 5ème jour - Corée du sud (20 sur 32)
Wild karaoke – South Korea
400 jours - 5ème jour - Corée du sud (22 sur 32)
Meeting up in Korea the Singaporean Brompton team – South Korea
400 jours - 4ème jour - of au students camping - Corée du sud (2 sur 4)
Drying after the rain – Gaheung-Ri – South Korea
400 jours - 5ème jour - Corée du sud (2 sur 32)
Gaheung-Ri – South Korea
400 jours - 7ème jour - Corée du sud (14 sur 17)
Bike lane – South Korea
400 jours - 7ème jour - Corée du sud (11 sur 17)
Rice field – South Korea
400 jours - 7ème jour - Corée du sud (10 sur 17)
Brompton dashboard – South Korea
400 jours - 6ème jour - Etape de montagne - Corée du sud (2 sur 5)
Security above all – South Korea
400 jours - 5ème jour - Corée du sud (27 sur 32)
Rice fields – South Korea
400 jours - 7ème jour - Corée du sud (16 sur 17)
End of the day – South Korea
400 jours - 3ème jour de vélo - Corée du sud (8 sur 9)
Twilight – South Korea
400 jours - 5ème jour - Corée du sud (32 sur 32)
“OMG, the bathtub, in addition there is bubble bath !! ” – Suanbo thermal springs – South Korea
400 jours - James WS - Corée du sud (18 sur 28)
Bike bridge – South Korea
400 jours - James WS - Corée du sud (3 sur 28)
Saved from flames – South Korea
400 jours - James WS - Corée du sud (15 sur 28)
Totem – South Korea
400 jours - James WS - Corée du sud (12 sur 28)
Nakdong Ri – South Korea
400 jours - James WS - Corée du sud (16 sur 28)
Nakdong Ri – South Korea
400 jours - James WS - Corée du sud (22 sur 28)
James and his girlfriend welcomed us like kings – Gumi – South Korea
400 jours - James WS et et Heyli - Corée du sud (3 sur 18)
On the road with James – between Gumi and Busan – South Korea
400 jours - James WS et et Heyli - Corée du sud (5 sur 18)
James and his friend – between Gumi and Busan – South Korea
400 jours - James WS et et Heyli - Corée du sud (12 sur 18)
Busan – South Korea
400 jours - James WS et et Heyli - Corée du sud (10 sur 18)
Our friend Hye Li took us to visit the temple of Nail Art – Busan – South Korea
400 jours - James WS et et Heyli - Corée du sud (18 sur 18)
With Hye Li – Busan – South Korea
400 jours - Cuisuine à Busan - Corée du sud (2 sur 12)
Traditional visor – Busan – South Korea
400 jours - Ferry Corée Japon (18 sur 24)
Busan – South Korea
400 jours - Ferry Corée Japon (20 sur 24)
Busan – South Korea
400 jours - Ferry Corée Japon (21 sur 24)
Ferry – Busan – South Korea
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