Sunday, April 9, 2017

KGSP - Blossoms

I don't have a favourite tree. But as a Canadian I have to say it's probably my obligation to consider the maple tree my favourite tree. And for the most part I'd agree. The maple tree is pretty great. Big, strong, cool leaves, and it provides maple syrup. Pretty top tier tree.

But then for one week a year, a different tree manages to take the top spot of my tree rankings. This is a tree that I've never even seen until a few years ago, but that's how fickle my rankings are. We're in the middle of that week right now.

Almost looks like someone photoshopped the leaves white.

Yes, it's cherry blossom season again. For the most part I think that Korea is fairly boring when it comes to nature. Coming from a place that has no mountains, the mountains are cool at first. But then after a while it doesn't really seem that special anymore.

Then, Korea kinda just gets all grey and boring. But for one week in the year, the cherry blossoms all bloom at the same time and all of a sudden things actually kinda look magical. The trees are covered with a white, somewhat pinkish flower and it just really looks special.

Shame they only last a week.

I remember the first time I saw them. I've always associated cherry blossoms with Japan so it didn't even occur to me that Korea would have them too. So when I saw them for the first time I was delightfully surprised.

This is my third time seeing cherry blossoms. And I have to say they still look as awesome as they did when I first saw them. But unfortunately I'm busier now and thus, more tired so I haven't really had a chance to just bask in the springness.

Luckily there's a lot right outside my department, so I can always look out the window.

We're approaching the end of the week now though, which is unfortunate. The department was supposed to have a spring party on Tuesday but that was way too early for the blossoms so they pushed it to the next week, which is looking like way too late for the blossoms.

On my way to the lab each morning and the way home each night I kinda just zone out and look at the blossoms zooming by, and I wonder. Will I see them in bloom again? Where will I see them bloom?

At least when they're gone there will be less people I have to dodge on my bike.

I have no idea.

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