2.29.2012

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I think it is crazy that it has been about 6 months since I've posted anything on this blog! So much has happened in that time. Here I am now 9 months into my journey of teaching English in Seoul. It's been one of the most amazing yet simultaneously most challenging experiences of my life. I've experienced feelings of intense homesickness and longing more than ever before (and more than I ever thought I could!). My physical and emotional health has failed me in ways I never would have guessed or imagined before coming here, and I'm more intimately familiar than I would like to be with the hospitals and health care systems here.  

However, there are moments...unforgettable moments... teaching precious students (too many moments to count!). And there are many, many days like the one spent above on Lunar New Year. Sarah (my oh-so-wonderful friend from home and adventure/teaching buddy) and I headed to Seoul Tower on this extremely cold day back in January. I'd already seen the spectacular night views from the top of this tower when Jermaine (my incredible boyfriend) came to visit me in the fall, however, I had yet to experience Seoul Tower during the day. We took a cable car up to the base and walked around, checking out the New Years festivities. Then we headed up in an elevator to the top, where this entire, massive, sprawling city was laid out before us. We even had a chance to write and send "Year of the Dragon" postcards to our loved ones from the top of the tower!

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And I took lots of photos of these "love locks" at the base before heading back down in the cable car.

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Watching the New Year's sun setting from the cable car, all I could think about was the beauty of the city and how lucky I was to be alive and to be experiencing so many days like this one. 

I'm excited to be getting back to blogging. I think I've always been drawn to taking photographs because it has always helped me to stay in the present moment more, while seeing and appreciating things for what they are. And I'm excited to share more as I plunge into March and the next few months ahead!