Spring has arrived officially in Toronto and with the wind chill today it felt more like the dead of winter. I heard that this time last year it was 26 degrees celsius in the city and that people were in shorts and t-shirts. I wouldn’t know since I was in Korea for the last two springs. It did get me all nostalgic though, memories of warm weather and pink cherry blossom trees in full bloom.
In the spring of 2012 I had the opportunity to leave Seoul for the weekend with several friends and head down to Gyeongju, a coastal city in the far southeastern corner of North Gyeongsang province and capitol of the ancient Silla Kingdon (57 BC – 935 AD). We stayed at a local hostel for two days and rented bikes to tour the town. We also did some hiking in the surrounding hills. I thought I would share some pictures from that memorable weekend in Gyeongju and the amazing Cherry Blossom Festival. I hope you enjoy. ^_^
The snow has finally melted here in Toronto! The temperature in the last few weeks has been quite capricious, hovering in the positive range then dipping back down into the negatives just as we begin to feel comfortable. I’ve noticed on my walks to and from work on Queen West that the ground thaw has allowed a few hearty and anxious sprouts to pop up. This is quite inspiring for me. Winters are always pretty brutal, and I thrive in the summer. So seeing the flowers beginning their growing season is kind of like a promise that things are only going to get better.
I started playing around with some floral themed origami this week. Blossoms just in time for spring. There are also some new paper spring blossom post earrings (pictured at the end of this post) up in the Etsy shop. Enjoy the sunny days and milder weather. I can’t wait to ride my bike in shorts. Peace.