Andrea and I have decided to spend Buddha’s birthday – at the beginning of May – going to Jeju Island.
Due to the fact that all plane tickets have long since sold out (being enslaved to the national holidays means, I’ve since learned, you need to book your tickets quicker than everyone else), we decided we’d take the opportunity to see the countryside. In other words, take the train and a ferry to the beautiful island province.
Except for today, tragedy struck when a Jeju Island ferry capsized and sank, killing three people and leaving another 150+ people unaccounted for.
You can read the full article here, but as a breakdown, this wasn’t exactly the ferry we would have taken (we’d be taking the Busan-Jeju ferry, not the Incheon-Jeju ferry). Even so, this is indeed a somewhat sobering occurrence to consider, it being a mere two weeks until we’d planned on taking water-borne transportation to the doomed boat’s destination.
On a somewhat morbid bright side…I guess at least we’ll be guaranteed getting tickets when we go to book them…
But in the meanwhile, I guess I just send all my best wishes towards the rescue crews.