I know. I know. I know.
I'm late with this.
I mean...it's August, and yet I'm talking about Spring. Yikes.
April and May had consistent outdoor adventure after weeks of being cooped up inside with the 미세먼지 and cold. But when the cherry blossoms reached their peak, I'd gotten an itch to once more roam every nook and cranny corner Korea could offer.
Normally I hate spring. I've always gotten sick, always been stuck in school with a boat-load of finals (as a student and teacher), and always had at least one emotional tragedy since middle school. So--well--spring's never been a good time. (Okay. It was amazing in New Zealand, but obviously traveling helps.) This time around, Busan bloomed in blossoms, and I couldn't help but catch Spring Fever.
Busan's Eco Parks
Below you'll find a few photos from two of Busan's eco parks. The first, Daejeo Ecological Park, is actually closer to Gimhae than Busan. You'll have to take the Gimhae Light Rail train from Sasang, but strolling through the 유채꽃 (canola flowers) and along 낙동강 (Nakdong River) makes the trip 100% worth it. There's a festival every year in April you should definitely try to check out.
Because of a friend from college moving to Korea as well, I spent a lot of time in Daegu--her new, Korean hometown. We've mostly been exploring different cafes--one of which is now my favorite spot in all of Korea. The owner studied art back in the states and treats his cafe as a fusion gallery art-space as well. Every few months, he'll shut down for weeks to update and change the art installations he'd set up. I have to say, after seeing my fill of Seoul and Busan cafe-spots, Daegu might have my favorite options in general!
Biking the Mountain Rails and Nakdong River
If there's one thing I miss from home, it's the ability to just get on my bike and go. Here in Korea, I've finally found the space to bike--whether on refurbished railroad tracks with friends or chasing someone down the off-road paths by the river.
Trips for the S(e)oul
Of course I made my way to Seoul, but I also found myself sprinting through bamboo forests and famous green tea fields. I've made treks to azalea covered mountains and city fashion streets.
And the Miscellaneous
Something like maybe getting lost hiking and hoping three fences 🤷 At least I got brunch afterward?
And my Beautiful Busan
Just because I'm so happy I get to live in this amazing place...
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