|The bus was pretty comfy in comparison to the buses I've been on in N.A.|
|We drove through beautiful scenery as we crossed the country.|
|I walked around this lake my first morning. I love seeing the mountains in the distance.|
|Same lake as above, the next day. Such a stark difference.|
|We really didn't know what we were supposed to be doing. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ|
|We found these boats in a side lot. I thought they looked cool, despite being out of the water.|
|Heading toward the Expo-area. (Different lake from earlier pictures).|
|Heading down to the beach! Want to ride in a boat?|
|Make a wish!|
|My friend, Gym Battling|
Sokcho is also the only place in South Korea that you can play the popular Pokemon Go, which has released in many countries around the world over the course of the summer. But not in Korea. Despite the fact that Korea is one of the leading gaming countries, Pokemon Go is currently in compatible because the game functions using Google Maps. A very basic form of Google Maps does exist in Korea--enough to give you a rough transit route--but not enough for the game. South Korea is still technically at war with the North, so no one knows if the government will agree to give Google what it needs to make fully working maps. Also, Naver and Daum are two Korean companies that currently monopolize the map software for the peninsula. If Google were to be added, they could also take a hit financially...
|Me as a Gym Leader|
|How the game looks in Sokcho.|
In some ways, it was really funny. While walking around, my friend and I saw so many people playing. Groups of friends and foreigners, yes, but also families and couples. We even saw a girl in Hanbok (한복, traditional Korean clothing) playing with her boyfriend. Near the beach, there were four Pokestops in close proximity. If you stood in the right spot, you could access three of them at the same time. People brought chairs and blankets and then camped out, setting up lures to attract more pokemon.
|People crowding around the Pokestops near the beach.|
I'm glad I went, and I hope that I can go again to do more of the things just outside of the city. Three days was not long enough. ㅎㅎ.
And now... back to school, I suppose.
Love and Hugs