Even though the Voyager is a large ship, I’ve felt like a caged bird for the past week or so. Getting off the ship and setting foot on land was just what I needed to settle my anxious spirit. Luckily, my first opportunity to disembark was at an overnight port, so I had plenty of time to wander. I was able to get off Saturday evening and again Sunday morning to take in the sights of Incheon, South Korea.
Originally, I had planned to take the train into Seoul, but I ended up staying closer to the port and exploring the smaller city with some friends. Saturday afternoon, we wandered through Chinatown, and found a lovely wall of murals.
We proceeded into Jayu Park, where we found a multitude of diversions. The first point of interest (for me at least) was a tasty little coffee shop on the outskirts of the park. The coffee on the ship leaves much to be desired, so I thoroughly enjoyed my latte. Outside the café, there was a giant teddy bear and random sculptures. I couldn’t resist jumping on the unicorn statue!
Walking deeper into the park, we came across what appeared to be a Jazzercise class working out to “Gangnam Style”. The class was thoroughly amusing, as was the crowd. There was an adorable little boy driving around in a toy Mercedes, an old woman secretly participating in the class while hiding in some bushes, and kids of all ages chasing giant dragonflies.
Near the stage, we came across the statue of General MaxArthur and an outdoor gym. Why there were weight machines in the park is beyond me, but there were a few women that were very thankful for their existence. I briefly hopped on a weight machine for a minute of my required daily workout.
We continued wandering, and ended up running into more of our cast mates near some of the shops. The 9 of us found a Korean barbecue restaurant to stop at for dinner. We sat on the floor in a private room and enjoyed a massive feast for just $16 each! I have no idea what some of the condiments were, but it was very tasty!
After dinner, we stopped in another the many cafes for gelato and wifi! Once we had all reconnected with the outside world, we took the bus back to the ship.
It is now late Sunday morning, and I am enjoying another latte in Incheon. Next on the agenda is a walk through Sinpo Market and a bit of shopping! We have to be back on board around 2pm for a tech run, and tonight are performing the Broadway show again.
Check back soon for details about my trip to the Great Wall of China. It’s just 2 days away!