Oh boy. A post about winter in Korea?! When May's about to start?!
*cue me not caring*
The last you'd all heard of my adventures, I was baking Christmas cookies and prepping to travel Japan. I shared some photos from that trip here, and even if they're not the best, I'm quite proud of how they'd turned out. Especially this one:
But once the weather dropped in Busan, how'd I spend my time in the Land of the Morning Calm? Well I got lucky. Busan is known for her milder winter climate compared to the rest of Korea, and though there were a few chilly days (~25 degrees Fahrenheit), I think the temperature hovered mostly around the mid thirties/low forties (and considering New York hit -5 real-feel--I was thankful).
Overall, I got to spend more time seeing the museums I'd been meaning to check out. Between the Busan Museum's flower-themed art installation, the Loving Vincent Van Gogh exhibit in Seoul, and a tour of the Korean War Museum with some friends from Japan, I had a blast getting some much needed cultural escapes. (And bringing New York back into the conversation with its literal hundred museums: I've missed art exhibits like crazy.) Interspersed had included birthday celebrations, writing days that led into bowling nights, one too many books bought hot off the shelves, and trips to nearby cities. Of course, the cold weather also inspired me to stay indoors and study some Korean!
Below the cut you'll find a few phone photos documenting what my life had been like through the last few months of winter!
Back To Reality, Lost in the Artistry
oh there goes gravity~
Okay but seriously...
On January 9th I arrived back in Busan and jumped head-first into my school's Winter Camp. I decided to make my camp vlog-themed even if I myself don't vlog (maybe when I get over my embarrassment at being yet another #millennialwithablog I'll finally film a few videos). For camp, we used different age-appropriate examples to talk about the types of vlogs people create and follow, the acting techniques vloggers utilize for entertainment, and the mechanics of various editing software. We did English puzzle games for YouTube facts, wrote about favorite vloggers, and, ultimately, recorded and edited personal vlog episodes. (Okay I did most of the editing, but I left 2-3 decisions up to them that they worked on in class.)
Every day after Winter Camp I either went climbing or kickboxing, and the weekends were more often than not an enterprise to find new cafes+museums.
I'd been so inspired by these museum exhibits that I picked up a lot of my studio art again after neglecting it since graduating university. :)
먹기 다시 먹기
Lunar New Year and Studying Korean
Kdrama to work on my listening. (I've been telling my friends this: the more serious the Kdrama, the slower they'll usually speak and the better chance you'll have in recognizing grammar and vocabulary. Shout out to Mr. Sunshine!)
March and Just Past Halfway
Once March rolled around the weather began to tease us with tastes of Spring. My cafe adventures continued, but a friend from home was now moving to Daegu--an hour train ride away--and so I spent a lot of March going back and forth between the two cities.
And seeing my friend just begin her life in Daegu had me reflecting. Go figure. Since when isn't Lena overthinking?
Once I passed the halfway I started to seriously consider questions that I didn't have time to think about during my early days here in Korea. Questions as to whether I would be renewing my contract, moving apartments, and working towards certain goals. Ultimately, I'm so grateful for the space Korea has given me to explore all my different options, and I can't wait to see what else this amazing country has in store for me...
And there we go! January to March all caught up! If I share anymore, I might as well post all my cherry blossom and wild flower photos. I was frustrated with some aspects of winter in Busan--it's definitely a sleepier city than its Seoul sister--but writing this out helped me realize how much I've actually seen, done, and enjoyed!
Hoping you guys had an amazing past few months as well. Let me know in the comments what your favorite winter memory has been this year!
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