Down a rabbit hole, up a mountain

Life here on Jeju may be maddening, frustrating, confusing, exhausting and challenging, but it is rarely dull. Not a day goes by that I don’t shake my head and laugh at the latest “Alice in Wonderland” antics, both at school and on the street. Just yesterday at the bus stop I saw this adorable toddler wearing a huge red UCLA sweatshirt, over a fluffy pink ballerina skirt.

And the Konglish signage never fails to make me laugh. There was an abundance of such signage last weekend, when C., K and I hiked up Mt. Halla, the distinct volcano that is the epicenter of the island. Here are some prime sign examples, plus a few photos taken along the way. The “trail” was several miles of steep rocks and steps, jam packed the length and breadth with Koreans out enjoying one of the last days of the fall foliage season. The top of the mountain was not accessible via the trail we took, which ended at a hut serving ramen noodles and snacks. Oh well, it was a beautiful walk.

Follow the line of hikers down the trail...

Follow the line of hikers down the trail...

One section of the trail crosses a lava boulder field.

One section of the trail crosses a lava boulder field.

Back in the city, why, why, why would you put a picture of a bald Nicole Kidman on the side of your hair salon? You can't make this stuff up.

Back in the city, why, why, why would you put a picture of a bald Nicole Kidman on the side of your hair salon? You can't make this stuff up.

One response to “Down a rabbit hole, up a mountain

  1. Looks like a great hike. Love the signs.

    The Kidman sign is a real hoot – maybe they were offering wigs for sale???

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