Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay
Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay – Wando, Republic of South Korea
I arrived in Wando 4 1/2 hours before the boat arrived for my trip to the volcanic island of Jejudo in the Korea Strait. Wando (do means island in Korean) is connected to mainland Korea by a short bridge so it is just offshore. There was an early morning calm with a light, airy fog wafting in off the water. I figured I would while away the time walking around the docks with my camera waiting for a picture to “happen”. It didn’t take long to figure out that the people of Wando are the friendliest folks in all of Korea, maybe even the planet. No one spoke English yet I was invited onto fishing boats while they unloaded their catch, had food cooked for me over an open fire on the docks, and at their insistence, ate a live, wreathing eel wrapped in a lettuce leaf slathered in hot sauce that was extremely hot even by Korean standards. The gentleman above was quite gracious about having his picture taken and threw in a thousand watt smile for good measure.
Upon boarding the boat, I felt a vague feeling of dolefulness about leaving Wando, but knew there were so many more islands to be explored. There was no indication of the storm brewing out on the open water and how treacherous the seas can get in the Korea Strait.