▲ Meredith (center) and friends from Seoul enjoy a spectacular day at Hamdeok Beach, east of Jeju City. Photo by Park Yu Kyung
Two years already? Some 44 issues of The Weekly ago, I was offered this job and moved my family down to Jeju from Seoul. I may sound like a broken record, but it’s been such a great experience for my wife Yu Kyung, daughter Meredith, and me.
Walking to and from work I catch daily glimpses of Mt. Halla and the ocean, the beauty of which never cease to astonish. Working at a newspaper in downtown Seoul, I could go through my day barely seeing the sky with all the tall buildings in Gwanghwamun.
Just this past weekend when prepping for this edition of The Weekly I was reminded of the rich lives we lead here. My wife had friends down from Seoul and were enjoying the beautiful weather by the beach. (Many people who live here field this kind of summer season migration of friends.)
Meanwhile, I was in our air conditioned office near Jeju City Hall, sitting in front of a computer, editing the paper.
As the day went on, though, I found myself staring out the window at the beautiful blue sky and fluffy white clouds framing a majestic Mt. Halla. Photos of my daughter having a ball in the warm, green ocean at Hamdeok Beach kept arriving from my wife’s phone, having automatically been uploaded to my Dropbox account.
And then it hit me: I need to stop and smell the roses. I grabbed an intercity bus, paid 1,000 won and was beachside in just under 30 minutes. We had the best afternoon!
After two years here, if there’s one piece of advice I’d give newly arriving residents (and for that matter, travelers too), it would be to never take the marvel that is Jeju for granted.
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