Ever since I started the week of visitations to Ottie’s schoolsÂ upÂ inÂ the mountain ofÂ Sangju, I had been eyeing the sheets of melting ice that had formed in sparse spots around the grounds. It was February after all, and winter was coming to a close. I had to take whatever signs of winter I could get my hands on.
This was my favourite out of the school outfits, not least because I’m a sucker for complementary colours. Also, long cardigans make me look cool, and of course I’m especially cool for standing on ice…
Actually it just makes me happy.
This was another spot in the school grounds where I had to get a photo at. The little rest stopÂ of trees was just too pretty not to:
Ottie and I retreated into the teacher’s lounge after enduring the cold trying to take photos. Thawing in front of the huge room heater:
The school day went by in a haze, but it seemed to be a student graduation rehearsal and an official farewell for teachers whose five years at the school were up. Tears were shed, even by YY-sem, who was one of the teachers leaving. It came as a complete surprise because he’s always seemed so stoic (except when he was a very, very happy drunk the night before).
Ottie and I had a farewellÂ dinnerÂ with HaeY-sem, another teacher who was leaving the school. She brought us all the way out of town for this joint:
Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.