Jeju Island from the plane

Leaving Jeju Island

Yesterday morning I left Jeju Island, South Korea, my home for the last two years. I sat in a vinyl airport seat with a notebook on my lap. The mountain rose to my back, unseen, and the ocean spread at my front, unseen. I sat wrapped in the love that I was leaving, in the […]

Seashell arrangements by a Cambodian girl

Packing My Seashells

This Tuesday, I packed up my seashells. I sat in bed at 2 pm with a gentle fever, popping bubble wrap and catching up on John Oliver. In the far corner of the room sat two open boxes, like the dead bug in an old still-life painting. The memento mori of my time left on Jeju Island, South Korea. Two and a […]