Year Two, Week Two—Amber


Sometimes it is not about the photo. When we started this project, part of the reason for the weekly post OFF base/post/not in our home was to encourage us to venture out into the country AT LEAST weekly. And some weeks I am so glad for this rule. This week I  managed to make it outside of base several times, but for some reason I didn’t photograph anything. After several days of running around with the kids on post, it was TIME to get off. This picture isn’t the best. It isn’t the most creative. But it DOES remind me of how much I love this country and this city. Walking out the gate is like a breath of fresh air (even though the air here is FAR from fresh). This photo reminds me of the short walk I took with my kids. The Korean business men waving and calling them cute. The teenagers and adults walking with coffee drinks in their hand (always coffee in hand!). The beautiful fall weather. The sunshine. The hangul writing reminding me that I live in another country. The opportunity to pull out Google Translate to explain to a Korean man why our children don’t have matching skin colors. The Korean women with their high heels (ALWAYS). The buses carting people from one destination to another. The taxis bustling around the city. The energy I feel from being a part of the action. The fun of people watching.  So while I may not have captured an award winning photo today, I did have a wonderful time capturing the culture.

  • Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom - I nearly spit out my tea reading “the air here is FAR from fresh.” That’s for the giggle 🙂ReplyCancel

  • André - I think this is a great photo Amber. I love the brick sidewalks here, and I like the contrast of the red, green, brown and grey. The manhole and the sidewalk reminds me of my daily morning walk to take Anneke to the bus stop!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - Ditto what Andre says. I think the colors are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Sherr - Ditto the other comments – we have the same colors on our sidewalks on this side of the country – the bouncier red stuff (what IS that?) for walkers and the brick for bikes (I think). We have better air, though. It would never, ever have occurred to me to take this kind of classy picture.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - One of the wonderful things about this website is that your writing is just as wonderful as your photos. Maybe (you feel) your picture didn’t convey how you saw Korea this week, but your words certainly capture Korea’s energy.I love seeing what y’all will post each week and enjoy reading your anecdotes as much as your pictures. Great job! Can’t wait to see what year 2 brings for you.ReplyCancel

  • Amber - Wow guys! Thanks for the encouragement this week!ReplyCancel

  • Week 5: Amber-Texas » HOW WE SEE the USA - […] it really is just about the photo project. About taking your camera out and snapping a photo. Like this day when we were doing our How We See Korea blog. It’s about taking the extra 5 minutes to find […]ReplyCancel