South Korea

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Wait for the Summer

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Summer was the bullying older sister and kicked spring out of the top bunk. Rude!

And for me, summer in Seoul equates to picnics by the Han River, riding bikes, monsoon season, freezing on the subways and popsicles.

So to start things off properly, we trekked down to Mangwon Hangang Park. Along the way, we picked up some pizza from Pizza School (the best pizza deal on the peninsula). The walk was longer than anticipated, but on the upside it was so hot outside that we didn’t need to worry about the pizza getting cold.

We picked a vacant spot amidst a sea of tents and set up our pizza party. We also packed sangria which was more like vin chaud. I guess that’s also delicious, but it kind of made me wish I was somewhere where that would be an appropriate beverage to drink.

Also, I learned (actually, I’m pretty sure I’ve known this. Maybe “remember” would be a better word) that if you think it’s a nice day, the rest of the city probably does too. That means they’ll likely be wherever you are. I often feel like I’m playing the children game “Sardines.” I try to hide from the city, but wherever I go, the city comes with me.

Good thing I still love company.

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Late Bloomers

Seoul’s spring has been pretty unpredictable, to say the least. I’ve been anticipating the cherry blossoms since I landed in February. While many people around the world have already enjoyed their blossoms, ours are running a tad behind. Perhaps they are just getting extra pretty–like they are going on a hot date.

Just making sure things look good before they make their appearance.

It seems the Seoulites have taken it upon themselves to add some green life to our streets. Thank goodness for potted plants.

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I went to Yeouinaru Station on Monday hoping to avoid the sea of couples, families, tourists and pretty much the rest of the city who all had the same goal-find some cherry blossoms.

Well, there were definitely no crowds. However, there was also a lack of blossoms. I wonder if our moody weather has much to do with this.

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I did manage to find ONE pink tree!
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