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the sweet smell of summer


I’m breathing it in. As many deep breaths as my lungs can hold. as I’m typing our office window is open and I can hear a crescendo of cicadas buzzing from the green down in our school yard. A sound I’m really gonna miss.  All too soon this season will be turning once again. Vacation time is already done and I’m looking ahead to my final month teaching a new semester.

I loved vacation. 2 weeks of downtime and  doing a whole lot of glorious nothing! Finally, towards the end of the 2 weeks I started to get antsy from all the inertia but before that I was perfectly blissed out to be sleeping till 11 or 12 every day (in our Busan love motel with its Hello Kitty clad wallpaper), lazing with a beer in my hand by the sea or lakeside, reading for hours and hours and hours and watching movie after movie. Last semester was long and I took on a lot of extra work which took its toll on my energy so I really needed this break!

I ended the vacation on a really high note. Myself and my co-teacher Sera went on a fantastic 3 hour bike ride, we rode out to and around my city’s famous lake  and stopped beside it to snap pictures while dragonflies as big as my fist scooted over our heads and huge fish jumped and belly-flopped against the shimmering grey water top. It was a truly great day. Riding home we felt the first huge hot splashes of typhoon rain exploding on our heads and pretty soon we were riding through a full-on rain storm. I now believe nothing makes you feel more alive than riding your bike full speed in the rain. It’s  good for the soul!

In six short weeks I’ll be waving bye bye to this chapter of my life in this beautiful little corner of the world and packing myself off on my next adventures in backpacking. I think my heart is just about ready to burst with excitement!  I have so much to plan and organize right now so you bet my love of making lists is in absolute overdrive!

Reading in the sunshine on Gyengpo Beach

sunny day, full beach

the essentials

Picnic by the lake