Jan 31, 2013

Urban Mountaineering

The picture below is the view from the hallway window at school. If you look very closely, there's a small pagoda on top of that little mountain in the distance. On Wednesday, I decided to try to go there.

My quest took me through increasingly narrow streets that slowly wound uphill.

Eventually, I reached a dead end. There was no way to keep going up on the streets. I could see the hilltop looming just beyond these stairs, so I took a deep breath... and started to climb.

and climb...

and climb and climb.

Eventually I came to this: A quaint, tree-filled park perched at the top of the hill.

It was a little oasis smack dab in the middle of northeast Seoul-- which is otherwise not very pretty.

I followed the path for a few minutes before I rounded a corner and saw this:

I had reached my destination! I looked out at the city below and low and behold, there was my school nestled among the hanok roofs and dilapidated buildings.

Mission accomplished.

1 comment:

  1. I saw you had added me and took a look at a couple of your blog posts: they're really neat! That's awesome that you followed through with your dream to go teach in Korea: I hope you are having a great time! Also, the pagoda above is really cool! :) (And I like the blog entry about the classical music in the shower hehe!)