Jeju and Seongsan Ilchulbong Crater, South Korea (August, 2002)

While You Are There: Hike in the crater and get drenched in sweat. That’s what I remember about it – the humidity inside. It’s its own microclimate. It’s a steamy tropical jungle. Clearly the volcano inside is not active, but it’s so hot that you get the sensation it might erupt at any moment. Or maybe I was just there on a really hot day. So, hike in the crater and then explore the rest of Jeju Island. Check out the bonsai and drive on Mysterious Road. See airplane hangers from World War II in the middle of the countryside. Walk around beautiful Jeju City and then head south to the beaches. But be forewarned, if you sleep on the beach you might get an early morning visit from the police (see picture above).

Why It’s On My List: Where else do you get to walk inside a volcano?

For this year’s A-Z Blog Challenge, I’ve decided to showcase 26 of my favorite places in the world. I’ve only been to 22 of the 196 countries, so I’ve got some more travelling to do, but these places are well worth a visit.

The Fall

Now, Cobra was slicker than any of the dealers that worked for Torres. He said to the woman, “C’mon, you don’t still believe in all that stuff Nancy Reagan and D.A.R.E. shoved down your impressionable little throat all those years ago, do you?”

The woman said to Cobra “Nah, I mean, I’ve smoked marijuana and tried some pills and mushrooms and things, but I won’t touch heroin ‘cause that stuff will kill you.”

“Like hell it will,” Cobra said to the woman. “When that rush hits your veins, the world is a magical, happy, dreamlike place and all your worries will go away.”

As the woman spent more time with Cobra and his friends she saw their euphoria every time they shot up, she decided to try it. She also convinced the new hot piece of ass she had picked up on the boardwalk to try it. And both of them became instantly addicted and started blowing their rent money on more dope and spending a lot of time standing in line at the clinic for the needle exchange. Continue reading →