[LEISURE] SPRING DESTINATIONS IN SEOUL: Kyunghee University Campus

Prepare yourselves for the best of cherry blossoms at Kyunghee University because boy do they bloom and beam right to the depth of your soul.

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[LEISURE] SPRING DESTINATIONS IN SEOUL: Deoksugung palace & Changgyunggung Palace

Continuing with my own edition of spring destinations in Seoul, this time I’ve chosen two places that I think are what make this flower admiring season a bit different from your experiences (if you’re not from Korea of course). Introduce to you Deoksugung palace & Changgyeonggung palace.

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[leisure] Spring destinations in Seoul: Seokchon Lake cherry blossoms @ Jamsil, Seoul

I LOVE SPRING. But then after a long cold winter who doesn’t? The weather is getting positively warmer. People are slowly discarding boring black items and instead warming up to a more uplifting fashion. Most importantly, spring is the season of blossom which is pretty much what photography lovers like me practically live for. As I’d done quite a lot of Seoul/Korea traveling before joining this blog, I figure these photos taken back in the days must not go to waste, which is probably the only reason why I’m starting this spring destinations in Seoul thingy until spring officially comes. I hope you’ll enjoy the photos and visit these places in spring because oh god are they beautiful.

UPDATE (and it’s important so READ IT FIRST): So after I wrote this post I kinda got excited and decided to go see Seokchon lake this year. And guess what? The whole place now is a MESS. Don’t even bother going there this year. JUST DON’T.  They’re building a lot of stuff right now and everything is covered with dust and concrete. The trees looked just sad and ill and yea. If you still stay in Seoul until next spring or visit Seoul spring 2k15, maybe Seokchon lake will be better then.

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[travel] 1 week in Italy: Lost in Venice

Venice, Venice. How many cities/towns out there have claimed to be a second Venice? After all, people often liken some Dutch cities like Amsterdam, Giethoorn or Delft, and Bruges in Belgium as Northern Venice. I find all those ‘watery’ places very, very charming, but really, nowhere can be comparable to the ‘Southern’ Venice. The real Venice. The Italian Venice. The most romantic, melancholic, beautiful city I have ever visited.

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[travel] 1 week in Italy: Milan

I am updating my travel report too slowly. Bloody slowly. A few days ago I managed to pull together and wrote about the last city I travelled to with the bf: Barcelona, and Barcelona was only the 6th out of 13 cities I visited during my 1 month winter break… I am, unfortunately, leaving for my spring break in less than 36 hours. God knows when I will be able to finish writing about them all.
Let me start my travel report in Italy by a very boring, unenthusiastic post about Milan. I had never thought that I’d visit Milan. Actually, according to some friends, Milan should be the last city to visit in Italy. I only booked my ticket to Milan because it was cheap. The plan was to spend 2 days in Milan, 2 in Venice, and 3 in Rome. Alas, I should have only stayed in Milan for 1 day, or even a few hours, because the city was a major disappointment to me.

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[eat] Great udon and even greater pastry in Ichon, Seoul

After a super duper long hibernation, I’m finally back. Sadly, school is back as well which means I won’t be able to update the blog as much as I want to. To make up for my more-than-unforgivable absence, this post is going to be super long (with pictures) and filled with nothing but flowers, awesome playgrounds and delicious food!

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[travel] Barcelona: Gaudí and beyond

I have asked a few people of what they think about firstly when it comes to Barcelona. The answer is either Camp Nou or Gaudí. For a soccer dummy like me, Camp Nou is obviously off the table. And Gaudí… you just cannot avoid Gaudí in Barcelona.
Apart from the iconic Sagrada Família, Gaudí has an indelible mark on Barcelona’s architecture and style. The city itself also resembles its most famous artist’s creations, Barcelona is anything but boring and conventional.

But beyond Gaudí, the capital city of Catalonia has so much more to offer. I came to Barcelona mainly to see with my own eyes Gaudí’s legacy, yet the non-Gaudí side turned out to leave me quite impressed.

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