Dancing in the Rain

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Yup, back again to participate this year’s Jeju Olle walking festival just like last year. Though, this time we were welcomed by continuous rain for six plus hours, boggy mud patches, and beautiful pruned toes.
Despite the gloom, it didn’t dampen the walking spirit at all. In fact the rain really put a whole new perspective on this exotic island. Every condition is an opportunity to capture something special. Don’t let the rain stop you from capturing unique and beautiful moments…even when you have pruned toes.

 

For more details on Jeju Olle Trails visit this informative website! All in English of course…duh~

*All pictures above were taken from Olle Route 19*

Rituals

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Do you have a ritual every year?

Every Autumn season when the time is at its peak I always try to come back here to BaekyangSa in Jangseong.  The first ever school I taught was also in Jangseong so in a way this feels a little like visiting my home county….so many memories here…ahhh.

Baekyangsa lies hidden within Naejangsan which is famous for its foliage and trails burning with fiery red maple leaves.  The downside to this is that when it comes to Autumn foliage in Korea you have to get the timing perfectly right.  You won’t really know until you go and see or hear it from word of mouth.  If you aren’t lucky it might either be too early or too late, however the vibrant colors coming from the ahjumma and ahjussi’s hiking outfits will surely be an amusing replacement to the colors of Fall.  Man…it’s so sad to see all this go very soon…

Where is your favorite place to see the Autumn foliage?

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[From left to right] ~ 

1.  Dolmeori beach (Hwasun)   2.  Cabin fever in Boseong   3.  Missing the sea   4.  Little dutch village in Boseong   5.  Healing   6.  Fall in full force   7.  Jeju memories   8.  Suncheon reeds   9.  Icon of Sucheon marshes

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10.  Brunch at Suji’s   11.  Which one is your favorite?   12.  Cheesy mornings   13.  Melona bar   14.  Full traditional Korean lunch   15.  Macaron ice cream burger   16.  Lunch at Le Alaska with ABC Korea   17.  Pungeo ice cream   18.  Italian escapism.

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19 to 27.   All pictures from the #wwim10Seoul Instameet in Byeokhwa village, Naksan Park, and Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

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28.  The perfect afternoon ‘ME’ time   29.  Three simple things are needed in my life   30. coz’ a fresh loaf of bread is way more interesting than books   31.  This Starbucks is amazeballs   32. Blind date   33.   Found a new cafe spot in Gwangju Art street   34.  Picture featured on the front of Funko’s new pamphlets   35. How I see food   36.  Shooting break with a mango smoothie.

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37 to 45. Snaps from the Haneul Park (Sky Park) Silver grass festival in Seoul.

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46.  Han cruising   47.  Umbrella campaign in Gwanghwamun   48.  All Starbucks should look like this   49.  Conference at the 63 Building   50.  Quack!   51.  Squares   52.  The war hero on this tower   53.  Under the bridge   54.  Seoul view.

 

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Silver Wind

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My favourite season has arrived as the autumn musk has hit Korea in full force.

When people think of Autumn foliage they quickly suggest the fiery red maple trees throughout Korea. However I think my new addiction this year round is the field of silver grass located up in a mountain of Sky Park (하늘공원), Seoul.

Once you visit there you may encounter many ahjummas, ahjhussis, and countless couples holding those hideous selfie sticks. I really don’t understand the immense popularity of selfe sticks…why are they so popular in Korea? They remind me of those circus clowns balancing a spinning dish on a stick. Why would you want a picture with your girlfriend holding a metal rod in your hand? Such a romantic shot right? Someone please enlighten me…

Anyways I can go on for a millennium about how much I want to snatch every selfie stick from a couple and snap them in half…but in the meantime I just want to be one of the silver grass…standing there with my arms up all day and swaaay~~~with the wind.

 

*Portrait shots by Angela (Wow, what a talent!), edited by Seoul State of Mind*

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