As a person who lived a thousand kilometers away from the beach and belonged to a non-travelling kinda family, I was always desperate to go the beach. Too many philosophical connections to the sea, beach and waves might have been the culprit behind my yearning to visit a coast.
Just three months ago I went to my first ever sandy beach in Jeju, South Korea. I had planned to do so many things at the beach – playing in the waves, sitting on the sand and drawing with my fingers, building a sandcastle and talking a quiet walk along the shore. Fortunately I got to all of these at one of the best beaches in Jeju (and subsequently South Korea) – Jungmun beach.
I had far too much water going in my mouth, eyes and nose than I could have handled but each wave washed away a layer of the walls I had built around myself. After more than an hour of running and falling in waves, I felt extremely refreshed and light. Then I went alone for a walk to the other end of the beach watching the waves erasing my footprints behind me and taking a little bit of earth away from under my feet.
I joined my group back after sometime and we made sandcastles which were more like huts. It was so much fun. We were the only adults playing in the sand and giggling like toddlers at the beach. I felt alive. It was so much fun. I’d never had that much fun in a long time. It was refreshing.
A couple of weeks ago I visited two of the most beautiful beaches in the mainland of South Korea – Gyeongpo beach and Naksan beach. Both of the beaches are a 3 hour drive from Seoul. We took a Bus from Express Bus terminal in Seoul to Gangeung bus terminal and covered the rest of the distance in Taxis. Both of the beaches were breathtakingly beautiful.
Here is a photo I clicked at the Naksan beach with my Samsung S3. It was a matter of chance that I clicked it at just the right moment (also shared it on Instagram)
Sea stands for so many things but mainly it makes me connect with nature and remember the transient nature of life.