I ventured over to Yangjae Stream here in Gangnam after work and was met with nearly empty walkways lined with fully bloomed Cherry Blossoms! Despite all the concrete and pollution, this city can really be beautiful this time of year. 🌸🌸🌸

It’s Cherry Blossom season in Korea, my favorite time of year!

Oh, and here’s a photo of my apartment - it’s so big I had to take a panorama shot! And check out that queen-size bed! After 6 years of sleeping on twin beds, bunk beds, sharing rooms with 4+ girls, and the broken bed in my apartment in Daegu, I finally have a big bed and apartment to call my own. I promise I’m not high maintenance, but I’ll admit it feels real good to have all this hard work pay off.

Oh, and here’s a photo of my apartment - it’s so big I had to take a panorama shot! And check out that queen-size bed! After 6 years of sleeping on twin beds, bunk beds, sharing rooms with 4+ girls, and the broken bed in my apartment in Daegu, I finally have a big bed and apartment to call my own. I promise I’m not high maintenance, but I’ll admit it feels real good to have all this hard work pay off.

I was a bit of a tourist last weekend and visited Bukcheon Hanok Village (북촌한욱마을) near Seoul City Hall - a village full of traditional Korean homes. It was actually very quaint with many unique shops and restaurants, and much less of a tourist trap than I had imagined. I’m dedicating my first couple months to exploring all the sites in Seoul I’ve neglected to visit since I’ve moved to Korea. I would hate to leave this place without having seen as much as possible.

Springtime in Yeouido Park (여의도공원), Seoul, with friends and boyfriend. It’s starting to get warm here but unfortunately the pollution from the yellow dust is taking its toll - thank god for Instagram filters that make the sky look more blue than it actually is!

Just a couple more weeks until the cherry blossoms come out - I’ll be heading down to Jinhae for the second time for the cherry blossom festival. I’m looking forward to seeing the ocean and breathing in some fresh air for the first time in many months.

My new classroom and a selca with one of the new babies.

Some (pretty significant) life updates

  • I moved to Seoul and I work at a YBM kindergarten in Apgujeong, Gangnam.
  • I finish work at 4:30 every day.
  • I now live in an apartment with a queen-sized bed and separate bedroom and kitchen - a 2-minute walk away from my work, a 5-minute walk from Garosu-gil, and a 5-minute walk away from the subway.
  • Cherry blossom season is only a few weeks away and Starbucks is selling cherry blossom lattes.
  • I have a British boyfriend who loves me and who I get to see tomorrow.
  • Life is pretty much perfect these days.
Ximen-ding, Taipei at night.

Ximen-ding, Taipei at night.

The magical Christmas love tunnel in Daegu. (at 국채보상로)

The magical Christmas love tunnel in Daegu. (at 국채보상로)

Today winter officially started in Korea with the first snowflakes falling in Seoul and even here in Daegu, but all I can think about are the cherry blossoms in Jinhae. Reminiscing with some killer Instagram photos…