[travelling] A stroll down Gangneung Coffee Street

It was such a hassle to go to the East Sea before the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics.  Taking the bus from Seoul was the only way that can get you to most of the cities along the East coast of the country.

But now, with the KTX taking you directly from Seoul to Gangneung, you can get to the East Sea from Seoul within just 2 hours on a comfy train ride!

Gangneung is probably the biggest city and most developed along the East Coast in South Korea.  During the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic games, all the hockey, curling and skating games were held in Gangneung.

I was volunteering for the Paralympic game and was allocated to stay in Sokcho, the Red Crab city!  I took the opportunity to visit Gangneung, just about an hour away from Sokcho during my day off with other volunteers to check out the beaches and the coffee street.

We took the long way walking from Gyeongpodae beach to Anmok beach, and that took us about almost 2 hours!  But it was because of such a long walk, we didn’t miss any bits of the beautiful beaches.

As we arrived Anmok beach, there are numbers of coffee shops along the beach and we decided to visit Bossa Nova.  I’ve read a number of good reviews about this place and particularly, I wanted to enjoy my hand drip coffee on their roof top cabana, looking out the East Sea.

Despite the cold in March, it was such a soothing, relaxing afternoon enjoying the cloudless blue sky at the East Sea with my coffee and my tiramisu roll cake.

 

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韓國東海位於全國較為偏遠和低密度發展的江原道,除了束草之外,江陵就是位於東海沿海的較為大的城市。

以前從首爾到東海城市都比較麻煩,來往方法只有高速巴士或自行駕駛,不過因為平昌冬季奧運關係,現在已經有KTX從首爾通往江陵。最近因為到平昌做義務工作,大會安排住宿於紅蟹市束草,所以就趁假期有空檔跟其他志工一起到距離束草大約1個小時車程的江陵逛逛。

我們從江陵的鏡浦臺海灘開始沿著海邊走到安木海灘,路程稍為遙遠,大概走了差不多2個小時,不過就是因為放慢步伐的關係才可以欣賞得到沿著東海海岸線的美麗風光。

到達安木海灘之後就是聞名的江陵咖啡街,大大小小的咖啡店當中我們選了Bossa Nova。其實出發前我已經計畫要到這一間咖啡店的頂樓坐坐,結果好幸運剛好找到最佳位置,可以躺著邊品嚐hand drip手工咖啡邊欣賞東海的藍天美景。

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