벚꽃! (Cherry Blossoms)

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Spring in any country is beautiful. Something that stands out for me here is that there is one specific flower that seems to mark the move towards spring and each town or city has their areas, or areas, where they can show this flower off. Monique has always wanted to see the Cherry Blossoms and until recently I didn’t fully understand this desire. The Cherry Blossoms stand out from the dreary brown of winter and are an amazing spectacle. All over Korea there are festivals to celebrate this spectacle and we luckily managed to catch part of it in Daegu yesterday. But you don’t need a festival to enjoy them; a quiet walk down a street lined by these blossoms or a quick moment taken during a lunch break to enjoy the flowers at school is an amazing experience. They truly are very stunning flowers!

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Another surprising thing for me was that Cherry Blossoms only last for about 10 days. They burst out and cover the landscape and before you know it the flowers are littering the road and the trees have lost their original splendour. The petals falling are called 꽃 비, literally ‘flower rain’, and it looks as if it has been snowing. The wind swirls through the mat of white on the ground causing great giggles of delight from me and Monique!

Every adventure has its ups and downs but it is experiences like these that make me more and more certain that coming here was the best decision we could have made! I hope that I am here this time next year to see it all again.

C

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