When studying literature the changing of seasons are often used to symbolize different ideas such as the passing of time or age. For example, Spring tends to symbolize new life and happiness whereas winter will often symbolize death or illness. Autumn, on the other hand, tends to symbolise maturity and sadness or preparation for change. Although the changing of seasons may symbolize various things whether positive or negative in literature. In the natural world, I find any change in season beautiful.
Spring will always be memorable for me since it was spring soon after I first arrived in Korea. I was able to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom for the first time. The transition from dead trees to the blooming of cherry blossoms and other flowers brightened up my first few months in Korea. February was probably one of the most depressing times to arrive in Korea since they were experiencing the worst part of the pandemic and it seemed like the whole country was a ghost town. They were also nearing the end of winter which meant that all the trees and plants were still dead so everything seemed grey and sad. However, slowly as the weeks went by the sky gradually got clearer and the trees were starting to get their leaves back. Before I knew it the Cherry blossoms were in bloom.
Spring seemed to pass very quickly. Eventually, all the cherry blossoms had fallen and the temperature started to rise. This meant that summer was near. With Summer, came extremely hot days and many evenings spent at the convenience store enjoying the airconditioning and buying ice cream with my friends. This time was also spent walking along the beach or having mini picnics as we watched the sunset over the Gwangali Bridge. Don’t get me wrong as lovely as a Korean summer may sound it was also EXTREMELY HOT. Apart from the beach and ice cream runs there were also many days spent walking through the city streets of Seoul and Busan soaked in sweat looking for a coffee shop that would have strong AC and nice coffees.
The hot weather also passed and in the last few months, the temperature started dropping. Each morning the numbers have been getting lower and lower ( a few days ago it was -2, thankfully it went up again and it was just a cold spell). This meant that it was time to welcome Autumn and prepare for winter’s arrival.
As the weather was getting cooler and the leaves were starting to change colour my friends and I decided that it would be nice to go back to the ‘cherry blossom park’ for a picnic before the weather gets too cold. I’m not sure what it was but being outside enjoying the weather and beautiful leaves was so refreshing. Maybe it was because we are always stuck in our dorm room doing online classes but this autumn my friends and I really appreciated nature and the outdoors. We had so much fun at the park the first time we did it again a few weeks later but at a different park. I’ve done many fun things this year but going to Paris Baguette buying pastries and sitting on a picnic bench with some of my closest friends has probably been one of my favourite things to do.
Since it is also my first time experiencing autumn, I took lots of photos and I thought it would be nice to share them in this post. I also noticed that I’ve been in Korea for 9 months now, the time has gone so fast and I can’t believe that in a few more months I will be back at where I started experiencing the cherry blossoms once again.
I’ve been doing a lot of research on fun places around Busan that I need to visit during my one year of language study. I’ve made a list of cool places to go and visit which include cafes, lookout spots and tourist attractions. Stay tuned to any updates by subscribing to my blog so you don’t miss out on any new posts! forget to like and subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss out on any new posts.
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