Sunday, June 15, 2008

A Bike Ride in the Country

I took a long bike ride this afternoon, since the weather was cool and absolutely perfect for riding. About fifteen minutes from my apartment it starts getting rural, so I thought that would be an ideal spot to ride about in, as well as a great chance to try out my new camera. Here are some pictures from my ride:

As I watched two white cranes soaring gracefully over the rice paddies, with the mountains beckoning from behind them, I fell in love with Korea for the eight millionth time.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"