I have been an avid reader ever since I can remember. My father actually asked my mom to hide “The Story of Ferdinand“ (my favorite book at age 4), because I had memorized it, and would insist on “reading” it to him every single night.
It has been a secret dream of mine to discover a time portal, and travel back to Regency England so that I can speak like Elizabeth Bennett, wear a beautiful ball gown, and walk around looking elegant while holding a parasol.
Little did I know, all I needed to do was move to South Korea to make at least one part of my dream a reality.
Summer weather in Korea is not joke, it has consistently been in the upper 90’s to low 100’s, with very high humidity. When you step outside it immediately feels like you have jumped in a swimming pool.
With the increase in temperature I have seen more and more Korean women (usually the ajummas, aka older ladies) using parasols to find even momentary relief from the brutal sun. Koreans don’t like sun, they don’t want to be tan so they cover up as much as possible when outside, and employ the parasol for maximum sun deflection. Quite brilliant when you think about it.
|Carrying around a parasol back home would never work (unfortunately), but since it is completely normal and acceptable I am going to channel my inner Jane Austen for as long as I am able.|
|Secret deal going down on the streets of Namchang.|
“For what do we live, but to make sport