It is relatively easy to get a spanning view of Seoul from one of its many mountains - truly a city of hills. However the panorama you get at the peak of the hike up Ansan, just north of Yonsei University, is something else. Jared took Jaimie and I on the trek the morning after Sunday Seoulmates. It was an early wake-up call and bit of a walk, but naturally, incredibly rewarding. We spent a good amount of time up there, seeing, watching, listening (to the quietest morning in a bustling city I've ever heard - "The Land of the Morning Calm" rings true), thinking, meditating. It was a wonderful way to wrap up what had been an energetic weekend, and a busy couple of weeks before that, as we wrapped up our first issue of PECAN. Here are some photos from atop the hill, in a city I hold near and dear.
|As Jams ponders, an ajumma stretches, perhaps also while pondering|
|Do you spy the lone explorer?|
|Jared giving us a re-enactment of one of the ajushi stretches he witnessed|
|Et voilà, the "ajushi stretch"|
|So well coordinated, these two|
|Jared's new best friend and walking buddy, the most adorable|
We tore ourselves way from the view and wound our way down to Ansan's neighbouring hood, Yeonhui-dong, where we sat down for some coffee at Manufact Coffee Roasters.
And a little more of the Ansan view, in motion: