My Seoul, Its Face before I Leave.

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My Seoul, Its Face before I Leave.

 

I will be on the plane to Washington DC by this time tomorrow. It’s just three months, I know. But due to all the hectic things happened around me during the past few months, or last two years, it feels like really a big deal and I guess it really is a big deal.

I should be excited the whole time after get out of the cubic farm, but I’m having ups and downs every single day. Because of uncomfortable time at home, self doubts, and I guess I am just mentally tired. Getting out of the comfort zone is a hard thing as it is, no matter how hard it was. But I am sure all these will be long gone right after the second I put my feet on the airport bus.

What’s the face of my Seoul before I leave, I wonder. Let the photos speak for me.

 

Rainy day, at the bus stop near Gwanghwamun. And palace behind. This is really typical view of Seoul. Palace and pagoda on the background.

Gwanghwamun

 

Rainy season in Seoul. Colourful umbrella is really popular thesedays.
Rainy day

 

All gloomy Seoul downtown. Near Jongro. All the buildings and big signs..

Rainy Seoul

 

Just a random art at Sejong Culture centre
Ramdon art

 

Admiral Lee’s statue. He was a really brave leader
Admiral Lee

 

Concert add. “Will you marry me?”
Concert

 

A farmer taking a break
IMG_2409

 

Starbucks coffee in Korean sign at Gwanghwamun city square
Starbucks in Korean

 

Construction. Sadly, this is another typical view of Seoul. Construction everywhere. Why and what you might ask? That, I don’t know.
Construction, typical Seoul

 

Exhibit for Korean war
6.25

 

Bibimbab restaurant. Bi-bim bap-. Or, “Blah blah blah”, according to my friend Miss Meaghan
Bibimbap-

 

Little town bus, full of highschoolers
Town bus, full of highschoolers

 

A map of my town and its bus.
Map of my town

 

My favourite cafe in Seoul. Caribou coffee at Sinchon
My favourite cafe

 

My table at this moment, except the coffee is all gone
working, reading and coffee

 

The world map I saw yesterday. Nowadays I see various forms of world map everywhere I go. I guess Universe is speaking to me now.

The world map

 

 

 

 

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

19 Comments

  1. You are breaking out Juno! Doubt is a luxury you can’t afford, nor do you need to spend precious time worrying. You will be awesome sauce on ape banana sandwich! Can’t wait to see more!

    • Juno says:

      Thank you rafiki! Yes, I don’t have time or space to handle doubt right now. My inner self is just too valuable to deal with doubts. You are right.
      Can’t wait to actually do “What’s up Tibbetts?” while kicking their door off and giving them a lavalamp at the same time.

  2. Alouise says:

    Nice photo essay of Seoul. I love the umbrella pic. Don’t worry about all the worries you have now. I’m sure you’ll have a great trip to the US.

  3. Michael says:

    Can’t wait to get there!

  4. Interesting photos =). The giant blue kitty is my personal favorite.

    It’s hard to get excited when life has been hectic but hopefully you’ll settle in well. Good luck!

    • Juno says:

      That blue kitty was something I Wasn’t expected 🙂 What a random art. Thanks Lori. Hopefully our paths cross this summer in Maine!

  5. Stephen says:

    Like the way these photos paint the mood of a city.

    • Juno says:

      Most of the photos I took was quite blue, must be weather and maybe my view of the day. Looking forward to see its face when I get back.

  6. Laura Age says:

    Nice to see you in Seoul and at Caribou Coffee. 🙂 America is waiting for you!

  7. A nice photo essay. It reminds me of when I lived in Seoul. As you mentioned, the ongoing construction is a big part of the city. My first teaching assignment was in an old traditional neighborhood in Guro that was totally wiped out for modern high rise apartments after I left. Anyhow, best wishes and when in Chicago you should try a deep dish pizza from Giordano’s – it’s devine! As you’re about to leave Korea I’m set to return again for the first time since 2009. Bon Voyage!

    • Juno says:

      Giordano’s! I guess that’s really famous place? It’s on LP guidebook and as well as many friends from Chicago. I will try that!

      Are you going back to Korea, for teaching again? Where would you be?

      • Indeed,coming back as a teacher. I’m not certain which city yet because I’m recruiting through the public system EPIK and they place teachers all over the country. My preference though would be in Incheon, Pusan or a satellite city outside of Seoul. I’ve taught previously in Seoul, Bundang and Daejeon. I would enjoy teaching in Seoul again but the salary is unfortunately less because its the first choice amongst teachers. I find out next week where I’m going. Hope you’e having a great trip in the US so far!

  8. A nice little photo farewell to your home 🙂

  9. Torre says:

    I love the lady with the umbrella. That cat sculpture is strange, is it see-through?

    I always feel teary and nostalgic before I’ve even left a place, I’m terribly sentimental.

  10. Megan says:

    Good luck with your trip to the USA Juno! It’s going to be amazing.

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