Monthly Archives: April 2014

Spring in Seoul

 

Spring in Seoul

We spent much of the winter confused about other people’s perception of how miserable winter is in Seoul. A lot of people tended to refer to winter as a dismal, dreary, endless wasteland. Yes, it was cold; it was winter. But it didn’t seem too bad.

Until spring came. In retrospect, winter in Seoul did seem awfully dreary. And endless. Fits of giggles followed the first day I didn’t have to wear a puffy coat to walk to work and could sit outside comfortably for longer than a few minutes. Coming from Colorado, we are pretty used to winter. The problem, I think, stems more from being crammed up in our tiny, yellow-linoleumed apartment for 5 months with only the end-of-winter realization that taxis in Seoul are absurdly affordable.

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Jindo Sea Parting Festival

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Every year thousands of people trek to the Southern edge of South Korea to view the miracle of the Jindo Sea Parting. Dramatic tidal changes cause a land bridge to appear between the island of Jindo and a smaller nearby island, allowing people to walk through the ocean Moses-style from one to the other.

We hopped on the bus early Saturday morning prepared for the 6-hour bus ride, about as far as you can go from Seoul while staying in mainland Korea. When we first arrived in Jindo we went to a traditional Korean concert and opera, complete with awesome drummers, serious singers, and some talented hat tassel dancers (really, they swing around in unison).

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