This is our final Travel Photo Thursday from Korea, where it all started back in 2009. This time next week Indy and I will be in Vancouver, Canada visiting friends for a couple of weeks, and then it will be on to Nova Scotia where we plan on putting down a few roots (at least for a while). Welcome to week 339 (8/3/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday.
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Since finishing the semester it’s been daily trips to the post office sending stuff home and to the garbage throwing stuff away. Add in trying to sell and give away everything else that isn’t nailed down. I really thought I was living a minimalistic lifestyle, but now I know that was pure delusion on my part. Sixteen boxes layer, averaging 10 – 15 kilo each, and major culling along the way, my minimalistic lifestyle has been pure fantasy!
When I was going through papers, scanning, and pitching I discovered my original airline itinerary. The date was October 26, 2000, and my destination was Taiwan, not Korea. I arrived the day before the Singapore airline crash in Taipei. Needless to say, there were a few phone calls to family to ease worried minds. During my brief time in Taiwan I did get to do some traveling and over the years have returned many times. One of my favourite photos is of the Taiwan mist after a relentless downpour amid angry thunder and sizzling lightning.
I also developed a passion for the beautiful orchids common to the island.
On February 28, 2001, I arrived in Korea with six inches of snow and freezing temperatures. What a shock after Taiwan’s subtropical climate. I thought I would stay for a year, and now it’s almost 17! I lived in a number of towns and cities across the peninsula, calling both Daejeon and Seoul home over the years.
The brief and beautiful cherry blossom season here never loses its appeal. Over the years I have taken every opportunity to photograph the delicate blossoms.
I was also fond of meandering along the river in Daejeon.
These photos are the tip of the iceberg. I found so much beauty in both Taiwan and Korea, and I have been fortunate to have numerous photo-ops over the years. But, now it’s time to head to Canada.
Indy and I leave Incheon Airport on Tuesday, August 8th at 3:20 pm. Thankfully, she will be in the cabin snoozing (fingers crossed) by my feet for the duration. Our first stop is Vancouver and my friends’ hobby farm.
Then, on August 22nd we take the red-eye to Halifax, arriving around 11 am. Indy and I will spend a week in the city. I’ll be scurrying around taking care of business, while Indy catches up on her zzzs. From there we’ll head to Annapolis Royal with the plan to put down some roots for a little while. Of course, there will be weekly trips to the big city to visit my Dad and enjoy some daughterly duties. Some of that will be nagging my almost 94-year-old Dad to visit the doctor once in a while!
In between, there will be trips to some favourite haunts like the Halifax Public Gardens, Peggy’s Cove, and Mahone Bay to name but a few. Finally, there’s Annapolis Royal where I hope Indy and I will get to listen to the songbirds and explore every inch of this part of Nova Scotia and beyond.
Our final destination, Annapolis Royal…
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