"I need to buy eggs," I think without opening my eyes. Somewhere outside my window a bird tries to sing louder than both the six am construction hacking away at the sidewalk and the workers melding to creation new high-rise buildings across the street.
"Eggs," I think again, making a list, "bread, bananas, tomatoes."
And I kind of want kimchi fried rice for dinner later today. But it's Saturday, the fifteenth of September, and I'd already made plans to meet with friends at a brewery in Gwangan around seven.
Finally, the construction dulls to a quiet hum and I can hear that stubborn bird breaking into chorus.
"Eggs." I try drifting to sleep, get a few more hours in before my Skype "meeting" at eleven. "Bread. Bananas. Tomatoes."
That morning of the 15th marked my official one month anniversary of moving to Korea. I hadn't realized it until the day after, a sleepy Sunday before the start of a new work-week like any other Sunday in any other part of the world.
Do I give the whole shebang of a life-update? Tell you exactly how many friends I've made, sights I've seen, and epiphanies experienced? Or do I photo-dump and peace-out, use the rest of my current mid-term exams desk-warming time to brush up on my Korean?
To be honest, I think this post will read more like a diary...
So for this Chuseok I planned a four day hiking trip to Geoje-do. The weather is supposed to be 70 and sunny the whole time I'm there (let's cross our fingers) and I've already made a list of trails to trek. After an easy week of Chuseok lessons and desk-warming post-grad decisions, a month of city and city and more city, it's time to go home to the mountain air!
I feel like these pictures match the vibrancy and energy that overwhelmed me in Seoul. Everything is loud, from the colors to the movement, to the way each every-which-way line gets your eyes moving up, down, side-ways, and diagonal. I'm by no means an experienced photographer, but I'm happy to say the tone of each picture matches how I felt adventuring through Korea's capital city!
Meanwhile in Busan, my constant business and movement feels tinged with warm fog, catching the tails of typhoons and overcast days.
I've been spending a lot of time in Gwangan. My friends and I have found a group of people who play beach volleyball practically every Sunday. While I'm not much of a player I can't say no to lounging in the sand, watching them jump around screaming and cheering until it's time for dinner nearby.
I'm a bit further away from all the Busan action, but I have to say--I think I've got the best cafes in the city! Either a twenty minute hike up the mountain or a ten minute bus ride gets me to Choryang 1941 and Choryang 845. The first is a Japanese style cottage that had been built in 1941 (hence the name) and had also been the filming location for episode 6 of a K-Drama called Just Between Lovers. The decor offers patrons rustic comfort, and when I went with friends, we had sat nestled in a nook of tatami mats. Choryang 845 is right in front, providing spectacular views of the city below as you enjoy your brunch, lunch, or dinner.
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