April was a pretty good month. The weather started to get warmer, the cherry blossoms went away, but the trees started getting leaves on it and they don’t look dead! Anyway, I always enjoy seeing Youtubers or bloggers do this “Monthly Wrap Up” of their favorite things from the past month whether it be clothes, makeup, books, etc and I thought I’d do my own! So here goes, my favorite things from the past month.
Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
I only read 3 books this month, but Yaa Gyasi’s debut Homegoing was the absolute standout for me. It’s definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. Homegoing follows two half-sisters living in different villages in Ghana and the generations that come after them. One sister marries a British man and goes to live in Cape Coast castle. The other sister goes to the same castle, but she is taken to the dungeons underneath the ground where she is meant to be sold to slavery in America. The journeys these two generations face as time passes is harrowing and heartbreaking. Gyasi does a freaking fantastic job at writing these characters and their stories. An incredible book that should be read by everyone. The praises given to this book are well deserved. Please read it.
Canola Flowers – Oryukdo
With spring really springing it up out here, there are so many more lovely places to visit now. In Korea, each season will boast certain flower festivals and for April canola flowers are the name of the game. Usually, there’s a huge canola festival in Daejo Ecological Park in Busan. However, last year the city cut them all down to stop people from coming to the park and gathering. It’s so sad because there’s nothing there and I remember my first year here being amazed by how many canola flowers there were. However, there are still canola flowers in other areas in Busan. I went to Oryukdo and was amazed at the sheer amount of flowers to behold.
I took a quick weekend trip to Seoul to meet a friend and was met with so many great things. I love visiting Seoul. There’s so much to do and see.
Gyeongbokgung is one of my favorite places to go in Seoul. It’s so big and if you get far enough inside you’ll be one of the few people around. It’s a super calming experience so I try to make it a point to go by this place at least once whenever I’m in Seoul. Tickets are only ₩3,000.
Totally forgot to take pictures, but there’s a huge Kyobo bookstore in Seoul and the English section is AMAZING. I was just in awe and of course couldn’t control myself because I got books even though I told myself I shouldn’t. I also visited Arc N’ Book and I got to go to the filmlog vending machine and I got myself two disposable cameras. I can’t wait to send them in and get the photos I took. Hopefully they look nice.
Walking around the area with my friend, we passed by this little cafe/diner and she said the sandwiches were really good. It’s hard to find a really good sandwich in Korea, so when she said that I made it a point to try it out the next day before I went back to Busan. Needless to say, the food was phenomenal. It felt like being back home. You might think “It’s just a sandwich.” But, no it’s not. I’ve learned that being away from home for over two years. Also knowing that this place has delicious food made me feel better about not being able to check out my favorite brunch place in Korea, Grain.
I’m excited to see what May will bring! What were your favorites of the month?