One Thought From My One Year Anniversary in South Korea

One Year Anniversary in South Korea

Today marks my one year anniversary in South Korea.  As I write this I’m on a bus back to my home home city, Gwangju from another city a few hours away I visited for the night with some friends.


It’s awesome you can bus across the country in less than 6 hours.  Most places worth venturing are 3 to 4 hours away max.  I’ve got a love/hate relationship with the buses here.  Sometimes they seem to drag on, other time they give me moments to pause and appreciate the country and get into my head to think.


It’s a rainy day, as is usual in the summer here.  But the mountains are covered in luscious green that is especially blooming today from the recent rain.  There’s also a thick fog between the mountains where in most cases you can’t see the summits.


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