Photoessay: Cherry Blossoms in Korea

In Korea, this past month, it was an important time of year: cherry blossom tree blooming time! Japan may be most famous for cherry blossom trees, but Korea definitely doesn’t disappoint. Because the trees only stay flowered for a few weeks, if you’re lucky and it doesn’t rain, it’s important to pay attention and not miss it.

So, one weekend in April, I researched the cherry blossom tree festival in Seoul and made solid plans to go. I didn’t want to miss out!

I woke up early, packed my bags and camera and headed out to Seoul. Two hours and some wandering around later, I found the park and festival. Imagine my disappointment (with myself) when I forgot to pack the battery for the fancy camera. Even more disappointing, though? The trees were barely blooming! What?! And it was still crowded… go figure, Seoul. Continue reading Photoessay: Cherry Blossoms in Korea

Pyeongtaek Meandering

wandering in Pyeongtaek, I had a few hours to kill. I stumbled upon a small temple area in the city with just a few buildings and this monument. it was quite peaceful and when walked out of the area, I found a gorgeous neighborhood with narrow streets and historic architecture. it felt more European than Asian and lasted a few blocks before, suddenly, I found myself back in the hustle and bustle of Pyeongtaek. ugly signs and misspelled English words… the typical Korean city scene.

kind of like stepping out of the closet into a boring bedroom and leaving Narnia behind. except I could have turned around and gone right back, so maybe it’s nothing like that… oh well. a beautiful change of pace.