Springtime in Korea

April 12, 2012

Goodbye bitter winds, snow, and 붕어빵.

Hello sunshine, cherry blossoms, and every kind of festival you can imagine.

Since my post about winter, I have learned that Korea has it's own brand of cold. I generally considered myself pretty tolerant of colder temperatures... but after experiencing Korea's combination of harsh winds (from living in a coastal city) and poorly insulated buildings (particularly my apartment), I've realized I'm a wimp. Although I think the lowest temperature I saw was -10°C, I still found myself bundling up as if I were amongst -40°C temperatures in North Bay. Anyway, I managed to survive to tell the tale.

The weather in Mokpo has since been much warmer and much sunnier!





Jinhae Cherry Blossoms

Without a doubt, one of the best parts of this season is the cherry blossoms. I recently took a trip to a little town called Jinhae; a port city that claims to have the largest cherry blossom festival in all of Korea.

Streets lined with cherry blossoms and food stands


Climbed the 'one year stairs'




Many more cherry blossom sightings ensued...

Yeongam Cherry Blossoms




Mokpo Cherry Blossoms

This wasn't a festival, but rather a hidden grove of cherry blossoms on the side of a small mountain in Mokpo!





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With the realization that I have a mere 4 months left in Korea, I've been thinking about all the things I have yet to do while I'm here. In my near future of festivals we've got tulips in Shinan county, butterflies in Hampyeong, green tea in Boseong, and mud in Boryeong... to name a few! Visiting Jeju island is also at the top of my list.

In day-to-day news, classes are going great. I've gotten into a rhythm with my teacher workshops and my students have midterms coming up at the end of the month so they're turning into their normal, sleep-deprived selves. 

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