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Busan Day 2: Ginseng & Strawberries

I didn't set an alarm for today, but we woke up to -2 degrees Celsius. I also learned that my brother's room and mine were different. He had a PC in his room, and the layout was different. It was strange to learn that.

We went out to the convenience store for breakfast. It was difficult to decide what to eat because many things were rice.

After eating rice for breakfast (It's the weirdest feeling), we walked around the vicinity to check out where the laundry would be and how much it would cost. Honestly, the cost of washing clothes is more expensive than buying some of them. My brother considered getting extra pyjamas here because it was technically cheaper to buy a set than to wash a load.

After breakfast, we stopped by to check on my shooting range. I realise that when shops said they could speak English in Korea, they meant only one dude with barely elementary-level English skills. I should have spoken Chinese or Japanese because those seemed to do better. IN any case, Instagram banned my photo of the glocks 9mm I took from the shop. Due to my still injured wrist, we scheduled a reservation on Thursday at 11 am. It was 20 rounds for 88,000krw. I'm sure they have their packages for shooting and it is very expensive. However, for someone like me who would probably never get to fire a gun anywhere else in this lifetime, it was worth paying for the experience so that I can write a more realistic gunfight scene for The Mafia Boss is My Web Novel Fan with Aina.

Following that, we went to the Bujeon wet market after walking the extensive underground shopping mall street. It was so cold up on the surface so the long underground tunnels were appreciated.

Here, we bought many things. Almost immediately after entering the market at the entrance, we were pulled into two shops by very sweet ahjummas who sold us honey-ginger candies that we bought as souvenirs for our friends, as well as 12,000 krw strawberries. These are the best strawberries I've ever eaten, and I wish there could be more.

Many vegetables still had dirt on them. That's how you know it's fresh from the farm. Food at the wet market was so affordable. I can't believe these grandmas could make a living just selling a few baskets of them.

In any case, I found the japchae in a store that also sold fresh kimchi and other things. We bought them for dinner, and they remained in my brother's bag for hours until we returned to the hotel. They didn't sell 100g of kimchi, so we had to buy the minimum, which was 700g, and it only cost 5,000 krw. Of course, there was a limit to how many quail eggs and kimchi we could eat. However, strawberries went in a different stomach!

If I had to choose a place that was most interesting so far, it would be the wet market. There were people with live fish tanks, pufferfish and random bags of onions that were bigger than my palm. We saw a few shops grinding things into powder or flour. I swore there was a back of peanut powder there. Many shops sold snacks, and rice puffs were very popular. The vegetables were so fresh and full of nutrients that someone like me who can't cook might be able to eat them raw and be healthy. It's such a shame that many young ladies in Korea think they have to go on a diet. Why diet when there is so much good food? I don't get it. Life is short. JUST EAT! It's not as if they were living a life of instant and fast food like me.

Anyway, my brother's GPS isn't working well, so we were lost in the market for a bit. Fret not. We found our way back. But not before we got ambushed by a very chatty middle-aged lady from some sort of restaurant. I don't even know what she was saying, but I boldly ordered two bowls of whatever she recommended. I trusted her because she looked like someone who truly knew her food.

The result? I swapped bowls with my brother because that wasn't tofu. Thankfully, it wasn't liver or offal. However, it was congealed blood made to feel like tofu. The soup was great, and the beansprouts were juicy. However, I drew the line at eating innards. My brother scoffed at my blind courage to buy and order anything an old lady swears is good. It happened for ginseng candy and strawberries too. However, I think I gambled correctly so far. The soup warmed us up from the horrible winter chill despite my abhorrence for innards. I'm a picky eater that all mothers-in-law will complain about. I know. That's probably why I'm still single.

The food was too great, so to walk off the food coma, we headed to the Busan Citizen Park. It was quite the walk, and the total distance we walked today was 12.2 km. My poor feet were dying from the cold, and my lower spine hurt.

As a typical tourist, I yanked the brochure with a map when I found one, and my brother rolled his eyes when I told him I wanted to see everything in the park. He was carrying all our food, and the kimchi alone weighed almost 1 kg. He's the MVP today despite being a mega pain for most of the trip.

You know how in Minecraft events, they have these hedge mazes? Or the one in Alie in Wonderland, the Curious Labyrinth? We found something similar, and I knew I had to get in there. My brother was just highly amused at my Zoro-worthy sense of direction. I mean, I don't blame him. I can't read maps. I turned the wrong way even when he told me where to go. My eyes and feet just take me to the weirdest places, and my only saving grave is luck. It took me too long to get out, and I didn't even walk to the right path. Apparently, there are little gaps between the hedges that were meant to be for gardening maintenance. My less than five-foot body walked right through those without pause and ended up super lost at one point, split up from my brother. It was actually terrifying enough that I was about to do property damage like Mashle to get out of it. Thankfully, we didn't do anything stupid and found the exit a few minutes later.

The park was bigger than I thought it was. There were many old folks (Busan had many old folks) who were exercising in it. There were also many people walking their dogs. It seemed to be the biggest park in the centre of the city so it made sense.

As it was getting colder, we took the last few pictures and left. We walked all the way back to the hotel, and my spine wasn't happy with all that walking. On the way back to the hotel, we had to climb a massive flight of stairs. I guess I'm not gaining any excess weight when I return from vacation. Although I ate more, I also exercised a lot more.

Here, our dumbasses realised we had no utensils to eat our market dinner with. So we stopped by Daiso to get a pack of 20 disposable chopsticks for 1,000 krw. I have atrocious chopstick skills, but it should be alright. We also stopped by a money changer to get more krw because we wanted to spend Thursday at Spaland after the shooting.

Honestly, I don't know what to expect tomorrow because we're going to visit the Kori Nuclear Power Plant. Will keep you updated! I hope we get a tour of the facilities or something, although I highly doubt it. It's not part of the tourist map, but it is a place that's open to the public.

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