After a full weekend in Seoul, my parents and I took the express train down to Busan. Mom and Dad would be staying in a district of the city very close to where I live. The only motel I could find for them in that area was a “love motel,” usually used by Korean couples but also a budget option for travelers.
We were welcomed into Busan with Christmas lights.
A sign at Sky Motel, where Mom and Dad stayed.
Mom & Dad’s hotel room.
The view from the hotel room.
On their first day in Busan, Mom and Dad came and visited my school.
My school, Sinkum Elementary.
A sign on the stairs at my school with some questionable English. Still not sure what this is supposed to mean.
Lunch in the school cafeteria.
The faculty table.
Posing for a picture with the principal.
The school library.
One of the school’s many hallways.
Me and Shonte, the other foreign teacher at my school.
Mom with one of my second grade students.
After the school visit, we took a trip to Geumgok, my neighborhood.
At the riverside near my apartment.
Mom and Dad in my neighborhood.
Shopping at Lotte Mart.
Hwamyeong, the district of the city my parents stayed in.
Inside Hwamyeong subway station.
A dinner of Korean barbecue.
In Deokcheon, another district of the city, after dinner.
Shabu shabu for lunch.
The next day we hiked up Mount Geumnyeon, which provides a fantastic view of the city and its surroundings.
At a lookout point on Mount Geumnyeon.
Stopping for a bit of exercise on the way up Mount Geumnyeon.
The spectacular view of Busan from Mount Geumnyeon.
Dad enjoying some coffee on a cold afternoon.
After our hike we went to Gwangalli Beach where we ate grilled clams for dinner.
In front of Diamond Bridge on Gwangalli Beach.
Dad testing out the “mouth of truth,” a replica of one in Rome (that we visited on a trip to Italy back in 2004) outside the grilled clam restaurant where we ate dinner. The mouth is supposed to close on your hand if you tell a lie.
Enjoying grilled clams for dinner.
The next day was Christmas. We celebrated in Mom and Dad’s hotel room, which Mom had decorated nicely.
Mom decorated the hotel room on Christmas morning.
Our first family Christmas photo without Luca.
Christmas lunch: Korean fast food.
Christmas dinner: more fast food!
The next day we were off on another adventure, this time to the south of the city, where we would hike to the Taejongdae cliffs.
Breakfast at a favorite place of mine: Paris Baguette! It’s a franchise that can be found even in the smallest town of Korea.
Hiking to the Taejongdae cliffs.
Stopping for a snack of walnut cake.
Colorful rock layers.
Koreans preparing seafood below Taejongdae cliffs.
The pebble beach beside Taejongdae cliffs.
A neat rock pile my mom made on the pebble beach.
Dad enjoying another exercise playground.
After our visit to the Taejongdae cliffs, we stopped by the Nampo district to see Christmas lights and the Jagalchi fish market.
Christmas lights in the Nampo district.
At the famous Busan International Film Festival Square, filled with street food vendors.
At the famous Jagalchi fish market.
Dad and I had Korean-Chinese spicy seafood soup for dinner.
Mom had noodles with black bean sauce, another Korean-Chinese dish.
Stay tuned…there is still one blog post to go in our Korean family adventures!