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    Cherry blossom trees are in full bloom every April in South Korea. A popular place to catch a glimpse of these fragrant flowers is at Cheongpueng Lake in Chungbuk-do province, where this photo was taken. Cheongpueng Lake has an annual cherry blossom festival with food vendors, game tents, and performances which occurs under the pink and white spring foliage.

    I lived and worked in South Korea for two years as an ESL teacher at a cram school southeast of Seoul. The experience living abroad taught me a lot about myself and Korean people. Korean culture is so different from American culture: take your shoes off indoors, be submissive to authority, enjoy a nightly song at your local karaoke bar with friends, and fill up on the staple food of kimchi for 'good health.' I learned to love this world that was so different from mine and recognize the ways in which it was similar to where I came from. One common pastime I shared with many Koreans was spending time outdoors. Whether I was climbing a mountain, riding my bike, going on a jog through rice paddies, or photographing cherry blossom trees at spring time, being outside in Korea made me feel at home; although I was half a world away from my Pennsylvanian hometown.
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