Asia | Korea, Republic of – Realisation of reality
Apologies if this entry just goes on aimlessly, because I don’t have anything new to report really, I am just thinking out loud about stuff. Today I found myself sitting in a small park just round the corner from my apartment, contemplating life, existance, and how on earth I ended up in Korea. I had a moment of realisation where it suddenly struck me that I’m actually here (ok, I’ve been here for nearly three weeks..I never said I wasn’t slow!) I found myself grinning inanely at the whole happy concept. For years I tried to find a way of being paid to travel, and whatever I tried never came to fruition. I was beginning to think it was an impossible dream. Then all this happened, so fast that I barely caught my breath before finding myself here. Now it’s begun to sink in, I find myself in a state of delirious happiness. I’m five thousand miles from home, and being paid for the privilage – wow!
Just goes to show that if you want something badly enough, it’ll happen eventually.
Anyhow, on a more mundane note, it’s still very cold in this neck of the woods. My window keeps freezing shut, and after I prize it open, it’s stuck again within about an hour. I scraped half an inch of ice out of the frame earlier on today. Still, I’m assured it will begin to get a bit warmer…..sometime around March! On the positive side, all this snow is doing wonders for the scenic beauty of the mountains which form an imposing ring around Uijungbu. The valleys, chasms and gullies have been picked out more clearly, so that rather than just being grand outlines against the sky, the mountains are now contoured, furrowed and fissured in a most spectacular fashion. One of them in particular is crowned with amazing granite spikes and crags, and forms the backdrop for sunset each evening (when you can see it between the myriad apartment blocks).
Anyway – I think I’ve wittered on long enough. Best New Year wishes to all. Until later….