Last week when my friends and I went to see the cherry blossoms we had so much fun we decided to plan another fun trip to go and see more cherry blossoms, but more importantly the night view of Busan. My friend tends to spend a lot of time looking for fun activities or places that we can all go together. This week she found a mountain top that was not too far from our dormitory which had an amazing view of the city skyline.
On Friday afternoon, once I had finished my class and submitted all my homework my friends and I took a bus to e-mart (one of the main supermarket chains). We bought some snacks and waited for the bus that would take us to what I thought was the top of the mountain. The bus went up a very narrow cobbled street that seemed to be more like a footpath. To my surprise the bus only took us halfway up the hill because past that particular point there weren’t any more houses and there was just a long winding road going up to the top of the mountain. Getting off the bus I was thinking to myself ‘great…. Now what? Where’s the gondola?’
Jenna had said earlier that from the bus to the lookout was only a short walk. We hadn’t realized that it was actually 2 kilometres uphill. Anyway, there was no way we weren’t going to go up the mountain, we had come all this way and I had read enough Bear Grylls’ books to know that you never leave a mountain unconquered. So we walked, and walked and walked and about an hour later we arrived at a car park 0_0. Before coming to the mountain I had seen a few photos so I knew the car park didn’t mean the finish line, there was still more to climb. Luckily the last 100m to the lookout was through a cherry blossom park and the cherry blossoms were still blooming so it was a great encouragement to keep us going towards the lookout.
When we got to the lookout all the negative thoughts I had about having to climb a mountain that I wasn’t really prepared to climbed had completely disappeared. What I saw in front of me was stunning. It was a weird kind of beautiful because I had only ever looked at nature in such a way; I wasn’t used to this artificial type of beauty made from concrete buildings and skyscrapers. My friends and I spent four hours on the top of that mountain admiring the view, taking lots of photos and watching the sunset. Once the sun had completely set, we were able to see the skyline from a different perspective. This time all the buildings and streets were outlined with lights and it was almost a completely different view.
The night skyline line reminded me a lot of my first glance of Busan as the plane was starting its descent. All I could see were lights outlining different buildings and highways. At the time I was not impressed by the developed city as it was my 3rd flight and it had taken me 12 hours to reach my destination. But two and a half months later, I was really impressed with the view and am excited to see how much of the city I can explore in the next year. When the sun went down the temperature also dropped so after a while we started our journey back down the hill to the bus stop where we had started our adventure. We were all very hungry by the time we got back to the bottom of the hill so went to a Korean BBQ restaurant and enjoyed the rest of the evening together. Today was really great and I’ve been really enjoying these little adventures. Will definitely share a video when I put it together and Stay tuned for more of these mini-adventures!!
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