Category Archives: Shinan Islands

Biguem-do Island

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On June 21st we visited an island with small villages, salt and rice fields, filled with not a lot of people, but so much beauty. The most magical little “heart shaped” beach. Biguem-do Island was about an hour and a half from the Mokpo ferry terminal by boat. Rumor has it that Bigeum-do ranks in at #7 out of 827 for largest size in the Shinan Islands. There are buses, but few and far between…especially compared to the bus system in Yeosu.

After arriving we hopped on a bus AND then a taxi. Winding through fields and cliffs we finally drove up to what looked like a deserted beach. As we walked out to the beach- the fog/mist was incredible. It was moving through the valley that was carved out into a beach. I felt like we were in a dream. Tom went for a swim, but it wasn’t quite warm enough for me to dive in 🙂

Alyssa, Pat, and Jessie have two great Korean friends Minsul and Chang Suk who came a bit later to the island, and picked us up at the beach! Minsul’s family has a home in Biguemo-do, and invited us to stay the night there. Hanging with them made me realize how important it is to develop friendships with Koreans- you really get to see Korea in the most amazing way. We stayed in “popeye village” known for spinach grown there. Great food, amazing company, and time to unwind on the island was the perfect weekend get away. Secluded, quaint, and quiet best describe Biguemo-do. It would be tough to visit without a vehicle as we saw very few people the entire time we were there. The nature is gorgeous, and I loved that the beach wasn’t packed with tourists.

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Walking out into the mist.

Walking out into the mist.

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View from the beach looking back towards land

View from the beach looking back towards land

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More beach beauty...

More beach beauty…

Time to head up, up, up to the scenic look out point. (Photo credit- Minsul)

Time to head up, up, up to the scenic look out point. (Photo credit- Minsul)

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Can you see the heart?

Can you see the heart?

Drivin through the fields...

Drivin through the fields…

Famous for the salt fields

Famous for the salt fields

Almost to Minsul's home

Minsul’s family home is straight ahead in the picture

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Made it.

Made it.

Rice fields. So peaceful.

Rice fields. So peaceful.

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BBQ

BBQ

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Tom finally getting to FISH!

Tom finally getting to FISH!

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T &e

Ferry home. Beautiful views.

Ferry back to Mokpo. Beautiful views.

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South Korea Crusin’

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South Korea Crusin’

Each day is an adventure…

Last weekend, a cool crew of us headed to the Shinan Islands for a wonderful weekend in the sun watchin a new friend of ours compete in the ironman triathlon. It was incredibly fun to watch in another country, and especially Korea. Many differences from an ironman back in the states, but it was great to support, and fun was had by all! Below are my favorite pictures from the weekend of  May17-19th that we spent on the Shinan Islands! We took a 2 hour bus to get to a city named Mokpo, and from there took a ferry for about 45 min to the islands.Tom created an incredible video from this weekend, and I think it sums up our weekend just perfectly! If you missed the video on facebook check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYF9u9C_V58&feature=youtu.be

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Headed out!

Headed out!

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Fun to see Newtons in Korea!!!

Fun to see Newtons in Korea!!!

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Well hello beautiful view.

Well hello beautiful view.

IM race start!

IM race start!

Rice fields

Rice fields

Started out cool, but it got warm!

Started out cool, but it got warm!

Just two guys shootin the breeze.

Just two guys shootin the breeze.

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This past weekend May 24-26 is best summed up by a wonderful weekend of AMAZING company, fantastic food, an evening hike, a train to the little town of Gokseong, Rose festival (Our first Korean Festival!)  eating pig roast, book club, eating delicious duck, and ended with two skype dates with great friends from back in Wisconsin. I know I keep saying this, but I am feeling incredibly blessed to have SUCH amazing friends here in Korea who make it feel like our “home.” Shout out to our friends Corey and Michelle who were wonderful hosts this past weekend to Tom and I, and our friends D.J and Lauren!

Hike with Tommy on Friday eve

Hike with Tommy on Friday eve

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Friday night date night hike

Friday night date night hike

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Just enjoying the ocean in our city before taking the train to see our friends!

Just enjoying the ocean in our city before taking the train to see our friends!

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Lovin my hubby

Lovin my hubby

When we got on the train in Yeosu it was cool and breezy ,and about 65 degrees at about 1pm . When we stepped off into the little city of Gokseong in the mountains about 45 min later it was about 15 degrees warmer!!! I think Tom will appreciate living on an ocean city once summer hits. Yeosu has been a steady 70-75 degrees the past few weeks.

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These remind me of Wisconsin/Minnesota

These remind me of Wisconsin/Minnesota

Checking out the beautiful roses at the Rose festival!

Checking out the beautiful roses at the Rose festival!

Stoppin to smell the roses ;)

Stoppin to smell the roses 😉

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Love the baby pink roses.

Love the mini baby pink roses.

Rows and rows of these beauties

Rows and rows of these beauties

Love these people!

Love these people!

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Thanks Orman's for this picture :0

Thanks Orman’s for this picture :0

Dinner

Dinner

DJ and Lauren

DJ and Lauren

Just a cute little town in the mountains...

Just a cute little town in the mountains…

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Breakfast on a lovely Sunday morning

Breakfast on a lovely Sunday morning (thanks michelle for this one!)

The gals...

The gals… photo credit to Corey!

This week I encourage you to get out and have an adventure! Do something new with some cool people that have a special place in your heart. I have found that with the greatest of friends all you need is their company…and anything can be a blast.

“Each day is an adventure in discovering the meaning of life. It is each little thing that you do that day – whether it be spending time with your friends, running in a cross-country meet or just simply staring at the crashing ocean- that holds the key to discovering the meaning of life. I would rather be out enjoying these things than pondering them. We may never really discover the meaning of life, but the knowledge we gain in our quest to discover it is truly more valuable. ”- Jack Canfield

On the coast of somewhere beautiful…

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On the coast of somewhere beautiful…

Soakin up the sun, sunlight dancin’ on the water, and I wish I was there 🙂

I am thankful for the company of wonderful friends (some old and some new) who make Korea seem even more like our home. I am thankful for great conversation, and dancing under the stars. I am thankful for the sun, sand, the Yellow Sea, and a little island called Oedaldo. I am thankful for a lovely fire after dark…complete with fireworks on the beach.  I am thankful for our health. I am thankful for friends who love to laugh, explore, and push themselves out of their comfort zone. Today, on Mother’s Day in America I am thankful to the moms everywhere who love their kids unconditionally, and have pushed them out of the nest to spread their wings and fly-even when that’s the hardest thing to do. I am thankful especially to my own mom for bringing me into this world, and for encouraging me to always be independent and strong. I am thankful for my mother-in-law who brought her son (my husband into this world) and for raising him to be the man he has become today.

My heart is full…and I am incredibly thankful for this amazing, and precious life I have been given.  Last night, as we fell asleep under the stars I couldn’t help, but send up a quick prayer to God thanking him for blessing me in so many incredible ways.

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Oedaldo Island

Oedaldo Island

tents on the water :)

tents on the water 🙂

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