Spring has sprung! I bring you postcards from Namwon, the City of Love in Korea. It’s probably one of the most charming places in the country, and I couldn’t have been put in a better location. As Korea’s own Verona, it’s been doing a lot to beautify itself since I’ve come, and nothing highlights its romantic history quite as much as the cherry blossoms! They’ve been out for the past week or so now, and it’s been glorious. My walks to and from school have been much longer and more meandering, and I’ve run across everyone from my students to their parents walking beneath the trees that line the river. Unfortunately, they won’t last beyond next weekend, a brevity which adds to their beauty, but they’ve always been a symbol of spring truly arriving. Winter makes the town pretty dead, so it’s nice to see it come to life once more! Here’s to getting outside more this spring and roaming about. And here’s to the cherry blossoms that remind us reality doesn’t need to be totally devoid of magic.
How’s spring (or fall for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere) looking for you? I’m just so happy I can stuff my heavy coats back into storage and start wearing skirts and dresses without tights! There’s a sense of freshness and renewal in the air, and I’ve been taking advantage of the inspiration to both plan and reflect. The future, both personal and for There She Goes Again, is pretty exciting to think about! I have a feeling the latter half of 2016 is going to include a lot of change (marriages, friends leaving Korea, and who knows what else), so I’m trying to savor and enjoy these moments now before they turn into distance memories.
Words and Photographs by Samantha