Goodness what a jetsetter I’ve become. NZ in January, England in March and now Korea and Japan.
Yes, you read right, I have just returned from two weeks away – a week each in South Korea and Japan. I was actually on business. While this didn’t allow much time for sightseeing, it did give me the opportunity to travel to these countries and to meet many locals and visit places that tourists don’t.
Regular readers know I do not write about my work but there’s enough other stuff to occupy several posts.
So let’s begin with South Korea.
Seoul is a buzzy place. An open all hours place. This strange mix of modern skyscrapers and love of designer labels with traditional aspects of their culture.
Streets are lined with massive skyscrapers. There are huge underground shopping centres. (I didn’t buy anything – poor exchange rates, high prices and no real need for more stuff.)
I stayed in the Gangnum area. You remember the corny pop song!?! I visited the Buddhist temple there.
I loved the berries. So vibrant. Once you notice one, you suddenly see them everywhere. So different from our plants. The white ones turn into the purple ones!!
And here’s a 300 year old, (or is it 500? Can’t remember and too tired to google.) ginko tree. Always wondered what they were. I wonder no more. The ground beneath the tree was littered with ginko berries. You can see them in the collage above – lower left picture. They squash like grapes.
The burial tomb was on a hill with stone guards and animals.
There were steps and paths for the spirits and other steps and paths for humans.
Look at the blue skies! How lucky was I?
More on Korea tomorrow.
(And yes, I realise konnichiwa is Japanese and the Koreans don’t speak Japanese. It’s a thematic title of sorts.)