The last few weeks in Korea have been a good time. Discovering some beautiful bike paths in the city, 'beer and snack' at Han River, a short-lived University Festival, three busy days in Busan for Chuseok; spending time with great people and new friends.
Last week, I jumped on a bus with some friends to see a bit more of the country while the rest of the nation returned home to celebrate the rice harvest with their families. Chuseok. Busan is Korea's second largest city with two stretching beaches, some lovely temples, a spectacular bridge and the largest department store in the entire world, Shinsugae (95% of which was closed, Chuseok being a national holiday). We also visited the spectacular Gamcheon cultural village and TaejongDae, a breathtaking piece of coast line facing the East and South Seas, with numerous plaques and artworks displaying the Korean people's deep love and respect for the ocean. On our final day, a stop at Geumgang Park provided us with a view over the city and a short walk in the mountains. I would love to spend more time tackling the hiking trails. It was so beautiful to explore, even in the brief time we had.
Watching autumn arrive here. Feeling the evenings become cooler. Eating a fair bit of cereal. It's just a good snack. Listening to Damien Rice. Reading Rollins and Hemingway. Sometimes getting tired of interacting with people, and thinking. Thinking about the beauty of the ordinary, and what it means to be. To be present, in general and here in Korea. In friendships. Struggling to manage feelings of detachment from current circumstances. The trauma of the now. I sometimes worry that this time is going too quickly.
The handful of Brazilian and Mexican exchange students on my floor are a real blessing to live with. Just in the small things, it means a lot to me. Taking the time to offer coffee and conversation, when we both return to the dormitory in the early hours of the morning. Their friendship is refreshingly caring and loving. If you're reading this, thanks guys.
These are some of my favourite photos recently. I particularly like the photo I have featured at the top of this post. Still deciding what I like about it. The ocean just kind of disappears into light at the top. The brown and green of the rocks and plants. Simplicity.
Lots of love,