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June had us soaking up summertime. We went on three awesome and shenanigan-filled hikes with friends, took weekly trips to the farmer’s market for (amazing and super cheap) fruits and veggies (including watermelon), taught yoga on the roof of our apartment, made lots of homemade popsicles, aaaaaannd took up badminton.
Our first hike was to Namsan Tower which is in the middle of the city, the tallest point in Seoul. It is a tourist attraction, so there were quite a few people and the top has a look-out and restaurants. We ate burgers and celebrated a friend’s birthday with wine at sunset.
Korean Memorial Day just so happened to coincide with our 3rd anniversary and we got the day off! We biked about 2 hours from home to the “Anyang Art Park” which was really a river walk with a few sculptures. We ate delicious Korean BBQ, ventured on to IKEA (where we walked around for over an hour and left with $2 kitchen towels ;)), went to the roof of a mall to hit the birdie (professionally named Shuttle Cock??) watched X-Men at the theatre, and then missed the train home and biked back 2 hours… plus 30 minutes because we got lost. Ha! Aside from being a little cranky wandering around on bicycle at 1:00am, it was absolutely perfect.
Our hardest hike was the tallest around Seoul, Bukhansan. It was steep and breathtaking. Totally worth the four days of soreness. Mt. Bukhansan has many peaks, but we climbed the tallest one, Baegundae Peak. The first half of the 3.4km (2 mi) trail was already steep, but the second half was unreal. We even scrambled at the end as the last 1/4 of the trail consisted of cables, stairs, and steps hewn into rocks. It was awesome!
Afterwards, we went to the Han River to watch a concert, but it was over (wahhhh wahh). So, we naturally got ourselves into shenanigans. It all started with the 63 building… a very tall, 63 story building. We tried to go to the top, but we could only make it to the 59th…which was pretty impressive considering it was a VERY nice establishment and we were four dirty, stinky foreigners. When we left, we were closer to the subway station we wanted than the one we came from, so we decided to walk towards it. One thing led to another and (an hour later) we were stuck–on foot–on a six lane highway. We finally hitched a ride to the station (our first experience “thumbin’ it”) and laughed all the way home. One for the books!
The third hike was with just three other people. We find we do most of our outings with Alex + Joey. They both teach at the middle school with Austin and also enjoy board games, Indian food, and goofing around at all times of day. We feel so grateful for the incredible people we’ve met here!
Thanks for reading along on our adventures! We hope this summer is filled with adventures of your own with people that make you laugh.
xo, A + B
P.S. shout out to Jack Allen for his clever going away gift of wine + cheese! From Jack to the Hawks. Nice.
P.P.S. Thoughts on three years of marriage…
We have changed and grown in countless ways since we got married and are somehow, magically more in love than ever. We have faced hard battles, both personally and vicariously. We have made a lot of mistakes; we have had a lot of wins. It’s been easy and arduous, light and heavy, vulnerable and intimate. Marriage is not for the faint of heart, but we are grateful every day that we said “yes” to life-long partnership, collaboration, and adventure. We have someone to call us on our crap and graciously help us out of the mess… we are mirrors for the other to grow and love more deeply and freely–one day at a time.