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Lately, I have taken a lot of photographs.  I mean, A LOT.  Like, thousands.  Somewhere in the sorting out of responsibilities in our union, I became the primary photography for our little family.  And, don’t get me wrong, I love it.  I have a blast trying to capture great shots of all the cool places we get to go and the awesome things we see along the way.  I am much more at home behind a lens that I would have ever thought I could be.

However, yesterday we saw one of the most visually stunning things we have encountered since moving to Korea.  And, despite having my camera with me and a fully charged battery, I have no photos of it.


The Terracotta Army

Confession:  I was more excited about going to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Warriors than I was to visit the Great Wall of China.  And, in hindsight, I was not wrong.  These guys are so cool!  If you are ever in China, they are well worth the (high-speed or sleeper) train ride from Beijing.

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Outside of Xi’an, China, archaeologists have uncovered thousands of terracotta soldiers, horses, chariots, and other battle equipment.  The figures were constructed around 200 BC to guard the tomb of the first Chinese emperor and to insure that he retained his military might in the afterlife.


Beijing Vacation

In mid-September, Koreans celebrate Chuseok, a traditional holiday where people travel back to the towns where they are from in order to visit their families, celebrate the harvest, and pay their respects to their ancestors, living and dead.  Unable to be Carolina-bound just yet, Ric and I opted to use the five days of vacation to visit China. While I will happily wander about anywhere, I have to admit China really wasn’t on my list of places to see.  Boy, was I wrong.  It’s cool beyond belief, and we’re already contemplating going back to catch some things we didn’t get to see the first time around.


Weekend in Fukuoka

In three words:  clean, orderly, delicious.

Definitely not Korea.

Ric and I spent a long weekend in Fukuoka, Japan, a large-ish city about a thirty minute plane ride from Busan.  After some intense haggling with Immigration at the airport (apparently, they frown upon you not making hotel reservations before arrival), we spent three long summer days wandering the city.  Here are our observations.

1)  Immigration was right.  We should have made a hotel reservation.  The weekend we chose to come to Fukuoka was also the weekend the city hosts a countrywide youth soccer tournament.  Finding a hotel was challenging, though we did end up at a great place that served free ramen and had a spa on site.  But it didn’t come cheap.

2)  The country (like Korea) is a startling mix of ultramodern and practically ancient.  It made for some beautiful photos.


Cruisin’

The weather is definitely heating up in Busan, and Ric and I have spent the past couple weekends outdoors as much as possible.  A few weeks ago, we took a boat cruise around Busan’s coastline.  

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The Oryukdo Islets

With tickets at about $20 each, this made for an awesome cheap afternoon date.  The cruise we chose left from the Mipo Terminal at the end of Haeundae Beach and traveled down the coastline, past Gwangali Beach and out to the Oryukdo Islets.  The total trip took about an hour. 


I’m Published!

Check it out!  http://cityawesome.com/busan1/2013/04/a-day-in-dongnae/

I’ve been writing a little for Busan Awesome, an online magazine that focuses on the city where we live.  This is my article online!


Cherry Blossoms

Sadly, this weekend’s rainfall brought cherry blossom season to a pretty definitive halt here in Busan.  Luckily, Ric and I got the chance to spend some time outside reveling in their awesomeness before all the gorgeousness was gone.


Haedong Yonggungsa: Busan’s Water Temple

 

Looking through our ever-increasing stash of digital snapshots the other day, I realized that we have been sorely inefficient in documenting all the things we’ve been up to since we got here in July.  I’d apologize, but I’m not really all that sorry that we’ve been too busy living life to stay home and write about all our adventures.  However, as we endure a last blast or two of cold weather before spring, I’m going to try to get caught up on some of the things we did and saw when it was warmer outside.


A Walk in the Park - Seoul Dream Forest

Green space in Seoul is something of a novelty. It's not easy to come by. There are some nice parks in the city where you can escape the chaos of the concrete jungle for a little while though.

East Coast: DMZ North Korea Goseong Unification Observatory

This is probably the best view you can get of North Korea if like me you're too much of a wuss to go in on an organized tour.


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