When we first moved to Korea last fall, everything was damp, brown, and dead. It was so depressing. Winter came and went and then all of a sudden, trees everywhere started showing little red buds. All of a sudden, one morning Korea burst in to bloom.
Cherry trees are everywhere here. By our parking garage, next to the clinic, in the park, lining even the dingiest of streets. And for the past week, they have been covered in blossoms. When the weather started getting nicer, I began to panic that if we didn’t go to a festival, we’d miss them completely. Wrong. There is no possible way to miss the blossoms because they are quite literally everywhere. We even have runaway petals covering our balcony.
Nevertheless, Alex finally had a day off last Friday so we drove to Seoul to walk around a cherry blossom lined lake. The weather was perfect, despite the poor air quality, an it was nice to spend time altogether. These are rare occasions lately so we cherish them as much as possible.
The lake surrounds Magic Island at Lotte World, home of the world’s largest indoor amusement park. We decided to wait for a yucky weather day to venture there, but it looks pretty awesome if you’re into rides and such (I am not).
The views as we walked around the water were spectacular. We definitely hit the peek of the blossoms. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen and I couldn’t stop gasping at the simple beauty of millions of blossoms.
Even in the slightest breeze, the fragile petals would take flight. It felt like it was snowing petals and they went everywhere (I picked several out of Della’s neck rolls). Everyone’s reaction was to hold out their hands to catch them as they drifted off. I felt like a kid in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory – it was so cool!
It amazes me something so beautiful can bloom in this crummy air. I guess we must be thankful for plants to soak up the C02. They can have it.
He teaches Owen everything he needs to know about the world.
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We spent a lot of time dodging selfie sticks and smartphone tripods. EVERYONE except us had one. I bet I’m in a million people’s pictures and I can’t even try to count how many times I got stabbed with a selfie stick. I don’t know how bad they are in the states but they were all over Europe and I think it must be a requirement for Koreans. They all have them! Those stupid things…
This huge building must have a great view of the smog from the top. Ew. My lungs cringe just thinking about it.
Once we made it all the way around the lake we got in the car to sit in a lot of traffic (typical in Korea) to go just a few miles up the road to meet our good friend Amy and her crew. They were stationed in Germany while we were there and we were introduced by a mutual friend. She took Owen’s newborn pictures. Amy is an outstanding photographer, one of the best I’ve ever come across, and has always been an inspiration to me. If I could only be half the photographer she is… So now they’re stationed in South Korea, too!
Anyway, there was a street festival going on along the river and it was crazy crowded there. We wandered around and got to witness a street performer doing this, whatever it is.
And then all the Korean ladies went crazy over our blonde haired blue eyed son. 🙂 I mean, he is adorable. And he worked it.
The sun went down and we got chilly so we opted to pass on the skewered octopus, squid, fried bugs, and grabbed a chocolate churro to snack on while we walked to a restaurant to warm up.
We shared fantastic conversation interrupted by our sweet kids and had a wonderful time!