Things Around I

Monday | March 19th, 2012

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This house is on my street. Most houses in Gyeongju are like this: two stories with a walled or gated front yard. We looked at a few, but they were too small and shared with either a bottom or a top neighbor.

Many people have gardens near or around their house. A lot of spring onions are beginning to pop up. Meow is already jealous. It might be possible for us to plant on the roof (without the landlady’s permission) if I can dream a proper system. I started thinking about it before we moved down, but in all the fuss, I kind of forgot about it.

There are little parks everywhere; and little gardens too. People seem to plant wherever they can; or maybe they have just been planting on the same stretches for years and the city has continued to spring up around them.

It’s hard to go most anywhere (except the backside of the campus) and not see an ocean of old houses. There are parts (tiny parts) of Seoul, particularly in my old neighborhood that had traditional houses, but in the seven years I lived there, many of them disappeared between walks and were replaced by bland, hulking apartments or villas.

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