nature

An Earthquake?

I just found out that what I thought was my friend’s cat (I’m cat sitting at my friend’s awesome apartment for a bit) playing near the couch, was actually a small earthquake.  Now since I’m not from an earthquake prone state, I’ve only ever been in one other one, and both were really small.

The first was when I was in university in Indiana and there was one at around 5am and I woke up to some moving and hearing the birds wake up outside even though it was dark.

Now today there was a little one that made the couch feel like it was being jostled a little and the garland on the TV sway a bit.

I didn’t even realize that either of these were earthquakes until after the fact.

I’d much rather have it that way, than it be a lot stronger.

From Busan with Shake Rattle and Roll Love?

Jenna


2012 fall hiking

There are a few hikes already from this time period on the blog, but here are three I missed reporting on.

On November 10, My son and I went hiking in Jinyoung, a village that is within Kimhae city limits.

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His school organized the trip so it is one of the few that he has been eager to do.  Here is one of his friends.keumbyeongsan2


In an Unremarkable Corner

DSC00904In an unremarkable corner, in a quiet temple in Phnom Penh I found this bowl of water with flowers floating on top.  There is something about these flowers that keep drawing me back to this picture, and I wanted to share it. Maybe it’s the colors, or the lightness in a dark space, or even just the shine of the waters on the petals, but I do need to remember to keep an eye out for the unexpected beauty not only when I travel, but in the places I pass every day.  I hope you have a lovely Wednesday and find beauty in unexpected places.

From Busan with Love,
Jenna


Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm was one of my favorite temples that I visited in Cambodia, and it’s not too surprising. Along with Bayon, Ta Prohm had that feeling of being a lost temple filled with potential discovery, which I loved.

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Even when it was swarming with tour groups (a lot of which were Korean), there were plenty of nooks and crannies ripe for exploring away from the crowds.


I’m A Tree Hugger

I started writing about Ta Prohm, but looking through my pictures there was so many ones I liked, and so much to talk about I didn’t know where to start.  In the end I felt that I needed split it up so one post wouldn’t have 50 pictures in it.

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Ta Prohm was the only temple my friend Russ and I ended up going to twice, and was the last temple we visited before leaving Siem Reap so I have a lot of pictures and a lot of things to talk about.


Happy Sunday

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I hope everyone is having a nice weekend, and I just wanted to give you a bit of a preview of tomorrow’s post and one of my favorite temples in Cambodia, Ta Prohm.  There will even be a dinosaur involved.

From Busan with Sunday Love,
Jenna

P.S. Trees are awesome!


Bayon

After a stunning sunrise, and some pancakes at the “Lady Gaga” food tent near the lake, we headed off to the nearby temple of Bayon.

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Bayon and Ta Prohm were my two favorite temples of the whole trip.  Bayon, or ‘that one temple with all the faces’, really felt and looked unreal.  The fact that it’s a Buddhist temple amongst a lot of Hindu temples does make it stand out, but it really was more than that.


My Cambodian Christmas

I have so much that I want to share about my recent trip to Cambodia, that I really don’t know where to start.  I guess I could have started at the beginning, (I remember hearing that it’s a very good place to start) but talking about how I got super sick on the plane didn’t seem that exciting.  Instead, I decided to start with Christmas.

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Thank You 2012

Dear 2012,

You’ve been a lovely year.  You began with great friends in the States, and now you’re ending with great friends here once again in Korea.

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Thank you 2012, for amazing students who surprise me constantly, personal fulfillment, the ability to complete 50,000 word writing goals, and even more travel!  You haven’t always been the easiest year, but you have definitely been an unforgettable one!


This Time Next Week

It’s hard to believe that a week from now Christmas will be finished for another year, and I will be in Siem Reap enjoying my winter vacation.

Right now I’m feeling stressed and overwhelmed both at work and at home.  I have a lot on my plate at school, and then on top of it I have a vacation coming up that I’m really looking forward to, but haven’t really prepared for.  I like to plan things.  I really like to plan my trips to places, and I’ve been so busy lately that I think this might be one of the most unplanned trips I’ve ever taken.

It currently seems like my To Do Lists have To Do Lists, I’ve hardly even thought about packing, but ready or not I am getting on a plane Saturday to go explore what Cambodia has in store for me.  I will also admit that I’m really bad at letting other people help me, and/or asking for help, so part of it is my own fault.


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