A Saturday Outing in a Near-by Park
A Saturday outing
For various personal reasons, I find myself in a downward spiral of despair these days. There are three things that tangentially touch the spiral and retard it: spending time with my faithful friend and comrade Ian, teaching my wonderful students (my 3pm class in particular), and receiving emails from loved ones--thank you all! Today I had a physical up, however, as Ian and I went to a mountain-top park not far from where I live. This evening, Ian and I went to Seoul National University. Some of his students had told him the architecture was better than Yonsei's. Neither one of us agreed. We spent a lot of time walking to and from the campus, which is far away from the nearest subway stop.
In the early afternoon, however, we had a more interesting time, as we ascended the road and path behind my place until we came to the top of a small mountain. From different points on the mountain, one could see in many directions. A few people were sitting on the wall, which runs along the top of the ridge. The day was hazy today, unfortunately, but you can still get a glimpse of the view, nonetheless. I thought of my old hiking buddy while we were up there. For those of you who don't know him, he passed away a few years ago after a full life. He was my best friend when I was a young man in high school and college. The wind was blowing perfectly today, and the sun wasn't too hot. My good friend Ian was with me, and so, in a way, was old Mr. Radandt. It was an altogether peaceful moment outside of time and cares.
And, my thanks to Mom, Brian, Rob, Sylvia, Gary, and Dr. T. Power (a librarian in the UofT consortium of libraries) for their emails!
An old wall runs up the mountain.
It's hazy, but you can still see the density of the city.