So again Josh and I traveled to Busan, this time we had something to prove: that we could have fun. We went to the monthly Busan English Party at Boston Soju and Hof that we had attended a month before and we are so glad we did because just like the month before it was deh buk (awesome!). We drank and ate Korean style before heading out with some new friends to Haeundae to finish off the night.
We had been to Haeundae once before but only for the Sand Festival so we weren’t well versed in the night life, but let me assure you it was great. One of our new friends knew quite a few bar owners in Haeundae so we had our own tour guide of Haeundae night life and awesome service along with it. We first started off at a Bar called The Standard which was too small to accommodate our group due to not enough space but we ended up settling on Wild Wild West for drinks and darts.
After chilling at Wild Wild West for quite a while we then headed to this amazingly long row of small restaurants that sold pretty much any type of Korean food you can imagine. Unfortunately due to the late hour most of them were closed but we settled on a small place and sat and ate kimbop, odang (fish cake) and dukk bokkee. I did lose Josh along our venture to the kimbop restaurant only to find him sitting with 10 strangers talking and drinking more mek-ju.
Next we ventured into the Fuzzy Navel for what else…nachos and water. It was really funny because at this point it was around 2 in the morning and a ton of people were gathered around the bar’s TV to watch the World Cup. We ended up leaving the Fuzzy Navel at some point to realize that it was the most happening place and went back until sunrise (about 5:30 am).
After the Fuzzy Navel we were heading back to get on the subway when we ran across friends of a friend eating what you should be eating at 5:30 am…Korean bbq!!! Now, was it a bit surreal to be sitting on an outdoor patio on a street eating Korean bbq at 5:30 am…yes, yes it is. BUT, was it quite possibly the most delicious Korean bbq I have ever eaten? Why yes it was (I’m sure the fact that we had some Cass with it at 5:30 am only helped enhance the flavor). After our bellies were full we got on the subway, ate our obligatory McDonalds breakfast, found our bus home, hopped on our scooter and hit the hay.
Well done Busan, well done-just when we think we are over you, you reel us right back in with your usually friendly people (Seomyeon can still suck it) and free flowing mek-ju.