The Busan Fireworks Festival

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I think the Busan Fireworks Festival must be one of the most spectacular in the world. I know that would seem unlikely, considering the fact that it’s not Sydney or New York – it’s not even a well-known city. But the fireworks last for 45 minutes and fill up the entire sky, framed by the gorgeous Diamond Bridge and ocean and I think they must be some of the best there are.

We were warned that going down to the beach to watch would be crazy because it would be so crowded, but all those people were wrong. We camped out in our own little blanket village for most of the day and while there were a ton of people, no question, it was also so great to be down there. We had tons of friends, food, and drinks and the day passed so quickly. Finding bathrooms was a fun challenge. Finding a convenience store without a line out the door was even more fun (and even more challenging). And the fireworks themselves were completely amazing.

I think I can count that whole day (and the night that came after) as one of my favourites from my time in Busan. We just had so much fun.

Photo Walk: Orange

Photo Walk Orange

I meant to do a photo walk for the next colour in the rainbow not long after I did red, but it’s hilarious how fast time gets away from me these days. I have blog posts I’ve been meaning to write since I arrived in Korea, that I just push back each month on my editorial calendar. Everything gets done eventually though, in its own good time, so I’m trying to embrace letting it come naturally. Last week I finally got around to orange, and there orange was, in the flowers that had just blossomed and fresh persimmons everywhere. These are some of the orange photos I took over the course of about an hour on a weekday morning last week.

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You can see all my other past photo walks here.

Oedo Island, Geoje, Korea

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Oedo, Geoje

Oedo, Geoje

Oedo, Geoje

Oedo, Geoje

Oedo, Geoje

Oedo, Geoje

I spent the weekend on Geoje island exploring and eating good food with good friends. Yesterday we took a ferry to Oedo island, a completely stunning tropical paradise. The island was created by a husband and wife team for more than 30 years before unveiling it to the public. Apparently it used to be a rocky island like neighbouring ones in the area, but to see it you’d never believe it. The whole place is lush and green with spots of colour and absolutely gorgeous views.

The ferry made us nauseous (big time) but when we docked at Oedo, it was instantly worth it. The place is wonderful, with sweet gardens tucked away in corners, interesting and modern statues everywhere, palm trees and pathways with a roof of branches. Any way you look there is a beautiful vista, and in the end we just sat in the spot that offered the best panorama of the place. It was easily the highlight of my weekend and one of the best places I’ve visited in Korea.

Summer 2.0

The seasons have changed for me, here in Busan. The weather got cooler overnight, though we’ve still had days like today that were blazing hot and sunny. But whenever it starts cooling down, it instantly feels like fall and brings up all kinds of nostalgia and feelings and memories. I love the fall, but this year it’s been feeling like life is going by really quickly and that the seasons of my life are happening faster than ever. I’m sure this is not going to change anytime soon, which is why I’m so glad I decided to try and document my year here in Korea through videos. Over the past month, I didn’t shoot as much and as a result a lot of things are missing from this video. Even so, I’m so happy that even a few of the great memories I have got preserved this way.

I’ve been experiencing so much in the past 6 months since I arrived in Korea – so many ups and downs, but mostly ups. The second half of summer had a different feeling from the first – more growing and thinking was going on, lots of dinners out and beach days and my solo adventure in Japan. Life was busy in August, but we still managed to enjoy our summer evenings, celebrating often with picnics and wine. I saw a ton of gorgeous sunsets and a few sunrises, went kayaking and surfing, learned some acro yoga, read some good books, and soaked up as much of the summer as I could. It was such a great one.

The video this time is short and sometimes wobbly but always sweet.