Planks and Boats: Traveling Around the Jodo Islands
Walking a plank was required in order to explore the archipelagos that sat on the Jodo-myeon sea
Without a doubt, my expectations were blown away as I stared at a crystal-clear body of water and picture-perfect archipelagos that seemed to have come straight off of a postcard. The bus dropped us off at our destination, and I instantly forgot about Seoul’s youthful and futuristic vibes. I wanted to soak in the peace at the Jodo Islands. I felt speechless as I made my way toward the departing point, where I would hop onto a boat that would take us around the surrounding sea.
Funny how staring at archipelagos, I had several flashbacks to my days playing Pokemon! Growing up, I envied the trainers, who independently traveled explored every inch of the islands. I laughed as I secretly imagined myself as a trainer; apparently, I was finally experiencing the adventure that I yearned for as a restless kid!
Little did I know that I would have to earn my spot on the boat! I quickly discovered that a plank (yes, a plank) would act as my ramp.
I’m the last person to turn down a challenge or back away from stepping out of my comfort zone. However, even I hesitated (as one should!) to walk the plank that lead to the boat’s entrance. I gave my peers a wary look as I (slowly) made my way across, what felt like, a tiny strip of wood. Of course, all of us (or at least those who chose to) safely crossed the plank. I can only imagine how ridiculous we seemed to the owner, who never flinched as he went back and forth across the plank to help everyone out.
It was refreshing to get away from typical tourist activities. As hinted at earlier in this post, I adore Seoul’s charm and energy as much as every person does. However, I embraced observing lifestyles and jobs that are unique to the area. From the boat, we watched a fishermen in action.
The calm atmosphere contrasted beautifully with the crashing waves, The boat left a trail of ripples as it powered through the water. Everyone eventually stopped speaking, as no one felt like trying to overpower neither the rumbling waves nor the boat’s engine.
The boat ride came to a close as we pulled up to our destination for lunch. At the end of the day, I found myself (hungry!) with salt on my skin.