I don’t recall much about October because I’m writing this nearly six months later. Two standout events:
1. James and I hiked Seoraksan, one of Korea’s largest mountains and it was awesome.
The hike lasted about 16 hours total and truly tested our relationship. James sprained his ankle pretty badly at the very beginning of our steep descent down the mountain and we were unsure what to do. An elderly Korean couple spotted us and made sure to bandage him up and were very concerned about his overall wellbeing. Another man stopped and told James to use his hiking sticks for the rest of the hike. We left the sticks with the front desk attendant of the national park entrance for the man to pick up at his leisure. The level of trust Koreans have is pretty fantastic.
2. In true Korea fashion, my friend Jen moved back to America.
I met Jen last March on a trip to a place called Jindo Island in South Korea. She is such an amazing human being and one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. We made plans a few weeks into meeting to travel to Vietnam together. She is truly a strong and most of all badass woman. These pictures are from her going away party. If you’re interested in looking at her pretty face more you can go to the July post or you can check out her blog here.
Halloween was nothing too special. I dressed up like a deer which was pretty sweet.
We also had some rare “fun” days at my former school which basically meant the kids got to dress up in fun outfits. I only mention this because one of my students held a Terrible Towel on Sports Day. Go Steelers. Steeler Nation.
We did some other fun sightseeing things in October because who doesn’t love walking outside during autumn? We hiked up to the top of Namsan Tower one afternoon and I literally took the best photograph I think I’ve ever taken in my life on our way back down during sunset.
We also went to Seoul Grand Park another Sunday afternoon, which was pretty beautiful as well. There’s a zoo there and I couldn’t stop staring at the anteater because they look so strange in real life.
And last but not least, what is a month in Korea without a cat cafe? I think these two pictures explain a lot.
October was a good month full of beautiful colors and good times with my BFF while also sad as I had to say goodbye to one. However, that is what your get when you move to Korea — the never ending revolving door.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables