Just a little bit of photography on a freezing cold day with snow.
It’s apparently too cold for small children to go to school here in Hanoi.
So I’m doing indoor projects. This includes winding yarn for a virus blanket I’m making.
It’s great! I find working with fibres so relaxing and calming.
Facebook reminded me of this post today, which shows the full cycle of the seasons the last time I was in Korea. I got inspired to take another picture out the window, adding it to the collection.
Our neighbourhood is older, but it is rapidly being changed from large, family houses to concrete block apartments for single or double occupancy. I will document the walk to work this week and then follow it up every couple of months. My guess is that things will change a lot in that time.
Busan is amazing, even if our job is very (VERY) stressful. I won’t bore you with a laundry list of the same issues that teachers face all over the world every single day, but it’s been a long-ass week. Let’s leave it at “Wow! My brain managed to invent a brand new form of insomnia! Now I can neither fall asleep at night nor stay asleep after 4:30AM!”
Every weekend, we simply must get outside.
Taejongdae is a natural area that sits a little to the south of Busan proper, on the island of Young-do. It’s a little teeny bit of a hilly walk, but nothing compared to even most streets here in the land of 45 degree angle hills. Yes, there is a land train of sorts that can ferry you with hoards of your closest friends the 2.5 km to the lighthouse. But seriously, you don’t want to take that monstrosity. It’s an easy walk.
The best part of living in Busan is how many amazing rocks there are to climb! They are just everywhere. Last weekend we climbed up the rocks on top of a mountain near our place, and this weekend we climbed lots of rocks next to the sea.
My personal favourite part of Taejongdae is the kitties. I’m a sucker for sweet cats, but the blind one at the observation deck is just the cutest. He spends all day lying in the sun, receiving food from humans, sitting politely, and getting lots and lots of pets. He seems very happy indeed. What a life, where all you know is that there are nice animals all around you all day who like to feed you and pet you? He is very fat and well-cared for, even out there on the island’s edge.
There are some very healthy looking kittens as well.
The area has a lot of stairs to climb and some great views of the city from a different vantage point.
We both got to take some nice pictures of us in our travelling element.
Definitely worth a visit. You could probably even get a minbak or a hotel around there and chill out overnight.
To get to Taejongdae:
- Go to Nampo Station on Line 1
- Take Exit 6 and walk up to the bus stop nearest Young-do Bridge
- Take the 8, 88, 101, or 30 to the very last stop. (They all go by the same route, so just take the first one of those that shows up)
- Walk up to the gate and into the park!
We went! I can’t elaborate everything about how I felt being in that place here, at this time. I do live in Mainland China, after all.
The security was extra high due to the legislative session currently being held in the National People’s Congress on the Square. Tight security, with lots of guards everywhere.
But the Forbidden City itself was for another day. We took our photos with the Chairman’s portrait and wandered into the city itself at around 16:00 on Tuesday. I loved the weather in Beijing; dry and sunny even when cold, just like the plains of Colorado where I grew up.
More on Beijing soon!