Solitude. The quality or state of being alone or remote from society: seclusion.
In case you don’t know much about Seoul, it’s the capital of Korea and one of the world’s largest cities. There are approximately 10 million residents and the larger metro area has about 24 million people. A very crowded city where automobiles zip past you, buses transport thousands to and from destinations throughout the city, and trains are fast and ever so prompt. Not exactly a place that comes to mind when you think of solitude.
Today I went for a walk seeking solitude. To be alone with my thoughts. Searching for peace. I’ve lost two family members in the past week. First, my dear, beloved aunt to a tragic boating accident. Six days later, my stepbrother to a heart attack. Here I am – 7,126 miles from home. Missing my family. My son, my parents, my brother and sisters, and the best of friends. It’s been a hard week to say the least.
Today, in my path, these gorgeous Autumn colors did my heart and soul good. I am thankful for this little peace of solitude heaven in this bustling city. I am thankful for the new family of friends I’ve made here in Seoul. Seoul is for now, my home away from home.
Where do you go when you need a bit of solitude to refresh your soul? Do you have a special place?
I hope you enjoy the photos and the colors of Autumn here in Seoul.
…and here’s the Wee Bit of Silliness.
Just as I was taking my final photos and about to start home this group of local middle school boys walked up to me and said hello, in their best English. I said hello back and was instantly swarmed by 10-12 boys. Full of curiousity and questions these young fellows were. “Where you from? I like Captain America. Superman. Where is Guam? You know kimchi? Are you married? How old are you? You live here? Why you live here? Do you have any children? You’re how old?! No joke?? You cute. You pretty”… and on and on it went like this for 10 minutes. It was the best 10 minutes of my entire week! Here are my two favorite photos of the day with my admirers!
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