4th May Leaving Korea

Today I hopefully catch the Ferry from Donghae to Vladivostok…WITH AZULO…although Azulo is still in his box and technically in transit so I still haven’t seen him and won’t till Russia

Wendy Choi my Korean Agent told me a fork lift driver had damaged the box with his forklift! I think (hope) it didn’t damage Azulo but I won’t fully know till I eventually clear customs

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Wendy, by the way, is the Freight Forwarding Agent from heaven!. She is amazing. She met me at my Hostel on my arrival in Korea and we had dinner….She then met me again on Saturday, bought me lunch, took me to the Bus station and made sure everything was OK. She even got me a $150.00 discount on the ferry and an upgrade as well!

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On Friday I visited the Demilitarized Zone or DMZ.

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Train blown up in Korean war

To really get to the front (Joint Security Zone) you have to apply several days ahead to get clearance checks done. I didn’t know that but still I did the touristy thing which was excellent.We visited the front and saw into North Korea, visited the Station that has been built waiting for re-unification (together with huge empty warehouses)

I bought a bottle of Duty Free North Korean wine…Haven’t tasted it yet but the colour is a bit worrying!

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Fine bottle of North Korean wine…Only available at DMZ

I wasn’t aware that they had discovered 4-5 tunnels dug by the North Koreans, the latest as recent as 2010. Apparently one of the tunnels was large enough for 30,000 soldiers to cross in one hour!

When overlooking the DMZ into North Korea, we were told NOT to take photos beyond the yellow line (see the photo)

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It amused me as the best photo one can get behind the yellow line shows absolutely nothing!

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I went down one of the tunnels which was quite an ordeal as you walk some 350 meters uphill at 11%. Good exercise. Sorry no photos as they weren’t allowed

I always seem to arrive places on a Public Holiday. Yesterday I took the 3.5 hour Bus to Donghae…..It took 7.5 hours. The 3 lane motorway was clogged the whole way!

It’s funny but no matter how much one travels one still finds oneself in a bind.

I checked into the Hotel at 10.30 pm after the Bus trip from hell only to find I couldn’t turn out the lights. I looked everwhere, tried to read the Korean instructions, rang reception but no answer…Eventually I gave up and removed all the globes! By the way, this place also has tiny bath towels so maybe it’s a Korean thing

I’m off now to the Ferry.! Bye!

 

 

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