One of my favorite things about life abroad is the opportunity to run into friends in unexpected places. Not long after I arrived in Korea, I had a chance to catch up with my good friend and former coworker, Lisa, who traveled from Shanghai for a weekend. A week after that, my college friend Bibi flew in from Osaka. What timely excuses for Seoul explorations!
I drove into the city with some nice people from work who took me to lovely neighborhoods in Seoul. I loved Samcheongdong’s tree-lined paths, converted hanok houses, quiet alleyways and hidden cafes, and shops full of little knicknacks.
I suppose this is Motherland, after all.
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive,
and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
― Anaïs Nin