Korea Trip: Day 1; Plane, Nami Island, Ski Resort

As I’m writing this draft, I am on my way to the Ski Resort at 15.00 in Korea. Last night I was still in Jakarta, Indonesia. I took Asiana Airlines at 23.50 from CGK airport to Incheon, Korea. For this trip I packed my luggage 3 days earlier consisting one 25 Kg luggage and about 5 Kg backpack for my camera and lenses. I bring a jacket and two coat for layering, today it is -10 degree Celcius and I could feel the cold although I wear one thick polo, layered with sweater and coat. The cold wind hit my face until my face gets red. I don’t use gloves because it makes me hard to operate my camera button. For documentation I bring my new and fun to use Fuji X-Pro1 and 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 attached, I use it exclusively for photographing the scenery long the bus trip and Nami island. But I also have my old trusty dog, 5D Mark II attached with 35 f/1.4 for bokehlicious shot (portrait or street photography). And of course g12 in my pocket.


Along the road from Incheon airport to Nami island took about 1-2 hour(s), then I stopped at a Korean restaurant, eating barberqued-spicy chicken which is very delicious. After taking 20 minutes break, I walked around he restaurant and catch some beautiful scenery.


I took a 5 minutes boat ride to Nami island, although there’s a warm room inside the boat I prefer to stand outside with wind hitting my face and enjoy the scenery. Nami island itself is not a very large island, it is located 63 Km from Seoul (pronounced: So-ul) and isn’t quiet large at 460.000 m2. It is named after General Nami, a soldier who died in battles at 26 years old. There’s a lot of tall trees in Nami island, and it is the place where the romantic korean drama “Winter Sonata” was made. For a solitary-introvert individual like me, you’ll love this place. Although the main road is occupied by tourist, there’s a lot of alternatives road where you can be alone, sitting in the snowy woods facing the lake.



Now I’m on a 2 hours bus ride to the Ski Resort and I will take a nap for now.

Finally I arrived in the Ski Resort, but I stopped first to a rental store, I rent a ski jacket and pants. In the Ski Resort you could learn to skiing or just play with snow, building a snow man. After being one hour on the snow, I felt tired and freezed! So I went into a noodle shop with heater on, I ordered a nescafe hot chocolate which is very tasty and a rameyon (korean spicy noodle) for 7500 Won ($7). I am tired and as as I’m writing this post I’m watching Star Wars in a condo. Today was great! Despite being tired after 5 hours sleeping in airplane and a very cold weather, the experience was great. When travelling like this, I learn many things I couldn’t learn in my daily routine.


About Journeyman

A global macro analyst with over four years experience in the financial market, the author began his career as an equity analyst before transitioning to macro research focusing on Emerging Markets at a well-known independent research firm. He read voraciously, spending most of his free time following The Economist magazine and reading topics on finance and self-improvement. When off duty, he works part-time for Getty Images, taking pictures from all over the globe. To date, he has over 1200 pictures over 35 countries being sold through the company.
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