Lucky for you all, I made a slight detour prior to hopping on said bus. The bus stop is right across from Kyung Hee University! I LOVE university campuses! I love the feeling of education, of learning, of young people excited about reading. :) You can feel it in the air, you really can.
Anyhow.......while exploring the campus, I found a delightful nature walk. I guess in Korea, it would be considered more of a hiking trail.......but coming from the NW means that to this girl, a mere walk.
But how excited was I to find nature?! VERY excited.
Okay, here are the pictures. Lots of them:
This is not actually on the walk, but just part of the campus. Oh! The colors!
This is what I spotted from an otherwise concrete street.......and yes, I ran to it:
From the top of the stairs
I was headed there.....
This is the face of a happy girl. TREEEEEEES! Lots of them!!!! No buildings within sight!!!
Taking a picture touching a tree. Now, I can do this at the park near my house...........but it's just not the same. Enter Katrina's crazy face:
Then, I came to a clearing. Now, this place is a mystery. Is it the edge of Yeongtong? Clearly, they are building more officetels (apartment buildings). I stood here for a good ten minutes trying to figure it out and take it all in. I'm pretty sure the Korean hikers around me thought I was a bit odd.
I'm a sucker for crooked trees:
After this, I stopped taking pictures and just enjoyed my surroundings. Then, I made my way back to the bus stop and grabbed the 7-2 to Suwon Station. It took about 20 minutes and only cost 900KW, or about 90 cents US. Woop woop.
Just a quick note about the buses and subway here---SO clean. Comfy seats on the bus. Easy to ride. Wow. Thank you, Korea.
Anyhow, from nature to this:
And, after some exploring, BOOKS. Only a few to choose from, but hot damn, SO worth it. I love books. I have missed them. I bought "Love in the Time of Cholera," which I have been wanting to read for about 3 years. Here's my token picture of the book selection:
I managed to catch the correct bus home. Here I am, a very happy girl, and very proud.
Every time I adventure out on my own, I feel a little more confident in my new surroundings and with myself.
This is good.