Fall is the absolute best season to be in Korea. The muggy summers fade into cool breezes and clear skies and you are surrounded by a flurry of reds, yellows and browns. Unfortunately due to global warming, our summers and winters have gotten longer (and more brutal) and our spring and autumns are just a blip on the radar so we have to make the most of it while we can. This past week, a twirl of scarves, cozy jumpers and knee high boots came out from storage and the bikinis and denim cutoffs were packed away.
On Friday, our company went on a retreat to Bukhansan on the North East corner of Seoul. I confess, I was not a happy camper as I am NOT a morning person at all but there’s something about the scent of the air in fall that makes things a bit more bearable. There is a trail that wraps around the mountain and we had to walk the 24km over the span of eight hours from the East to the West. It’s not a terribly difficult trail per se but let’s just say I could feel every muscle in my body scream in protest the next day after this particular trek.
I spend an exorbitant amount of time at my desk when I’m in the country so it’s always good to get out from time to time and it was a great opportunity to absorb some of that vitamin D and experience the sights and scents of of Korean Autumn in its full glory. Take the 144 (blue bus) from Gangnam Station to Dukseong Women’s University. It takes 1-1 1/2 hours depending on traffic. Remember to wear thick socks and sturdy shoes. You’ll thank me later.