Sunday, April 12, 2009

New life...spring is here in Daegu

This is Easter Sunday and bunnies are for sale in Home Plus...yes, tempted to buy the poor animal, but realized I just don't have the time to care for the creature. I am not home long enough...so my rational brain overtook the desire to possess the creature. The poor thing would die in my care.
Spring has certainly arrived, and the cafes and restaurants are expanding their real estate out into the sidewalks. For some reason, it reminded me of Paris, how they have catered to the smokers and have placed the plastic out to keep the smokers dry. Though, in Korea, there isn't the ban on smoking that Paris has endured for just over a year.
Already, the trees have come to life with new leaves...the world is green and alive. You can smell the blooms...fragrant and overwhelming is the heat of the day. It caught me off guard, this temperature change. I had just became accustomed to winter, the cold and infrequent snows....to now just beginning to feel the coming heat. As I walked around the stores today, I was amazed by the total lack of air conditioning. It is an odd thing for an American to say this, but I have always disliked air conditioning...and preferred the feeling of a fan. Perhaps it was because of how often they were used in Miami. You would just get used to the heat of the outdoors and walk into any building, and you were blasted with an arctic breeze.

At times, I felt many buildings were cold enough to put my body into shock. The irony was often I would have to wear a sweater indoors, even if it was 90 degrees outside.
There isn't that problem here. It is simply spring. I am sure the air conditioners will come out of their mothballs soon.
As I continued my walk today, I went down to a riverbed....well, what was once a river bed. All you see now are the various rocks and puddles of water that dot the path. During the winter, the children were able to skate on the ice...and looking at these remnants made me wonder where did all of that water go?

4 comments:

Rachel said...

Beautiful pictures! I love spring! I especially love when the trees are in bloom and the world is renewing itself. I have bad allergies to growing grass, but pills help.:)

Barbara
(I'm posting on my daughter's computer due to problems with our wireless router. Will be fixed in a day):)

Marilyn said...

I try...but nature does all of the work...

Hope everything is going well for you Barbara in the states...

Marilyn

mio debnam said...

What fab pictures! Spring has sprung in Hong Kong too, but not as delicately as over there... it's just become warm and sticky again!
mio

Marilyn said...

Thank you Mio...Greetings to you in China...