I was craving some sister time so I flew over to see my mèimei (that’s youngest sister in Mandarin). I hadn’t seen her since summer and Pickles was headed back to Oregon for a work related trip. Since I can do my freelance design work anywhere it seemed like a no-brainer.
Jeju Sister Happiness
Tati planned a great sister weekend which included the great outdoors and camping in their super cute, customized camper they affectionately call ‘The Toaster’. We started the trip with an afternoon hike to the SaraOreum Lake in Hallasan National Park and ate lunch in the clouds. The weather was perfecto.
Then we headed to our primo New Zealand-esque camp spot.
We spent two nights sleeping at this spot with the back door open all night. It was peaceful and cozy and exactly what we both were craving.
The second day we took a short ferry ride for a day exploration of a smaller island named Udo (aka cow island) which is only 2.39 sq miles. It’s known for peanut farming and cute bug-like three-wheeled electric cars zipping around.
We met a couple haneyeo (female free divers) bringing in and cleaning their catch of the day. They kindly offered us a fresh sea snail to eat. It would have been impolite to decline so we gnawed away at this nugget…
Smitten with jeju
Our second night was just as lovely and just as quiet. And I want you all to know that the only thing in my sister’s portable emergency medical kit is Rolaids. So, a Rolaid is what I took when in the middle of the night my lip and throat puffed up in some bizarre first-time allergic reaction to something. Rolaids save!
Our last day of the road trip we hiked in the peaceful Saryeoni Forest which is becoming a regular favorite. Nothing strenuous. Perfect for catching up! Then, my sister tried to check me in to the Asylum for the aged. I mean… it was my birthday week, but really? Honestly, the place looked pretty nice so maybe some day.
Tati took me to her local day market. I met her adorable fresh bean lady. And let me tell you, my sister made the the best chili with these fresh beans! I would return just for this dish. I wish I had taken a photo of the beans because they’re an assortment of beauties.
Farming on Jeju is hopping this time of year! Cabbage, radish, peanuts are all growing at an insanely fast pace. Onion starters are being planted by hand, one at a time, which is back-breaking work. From what I saw it’s all done by women too. Not surprised.
A few persimmon still hanging on….
The magical jeju water with a side of prickly pear cactus. I love watching the bottle nose dolphin off the coastline unfortunately they never photograph well.
And all the found pretty things …
Having fun with the sea snail’s operculum! These shell parts can be found all along the coastline. They act like trapdoors on the shell which close the opening of the shell when the soft parts of the animal are retracted.
They make great googly eyes too! Disclaimer: there may have been some wine involved.
Wabi & Sabi
We can never recall who is who, but we wish you all acceptance of transience and imperfection! Until the next time and there will be a next time because I LOVE JEJU and my mèimei! 🐬
Wabi (or Sabi), but always jiějiě 姐姐 the eldest sister
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