Okay. That's a stretch. But the title, "San Antonio's Got Gwang-Ju" just doesn't have the same ring to it. Today Juniper and I visited a little slice of Korea right here, deep in the heart of Texas. Currently, San Antonio has eight sister cities, including Gwang-Ju. This particular sisterhood was established back in 1981 and commemorated in 2010 when Korean artists from Gwang-Ju built the Korean Pavilion under the Cypress and along the banks of the pond at Denman Estate Park.
"The red pine used to build the pavilion was harvested in Canada, then milled in Korea, and finally shipped here to San Antonio - a three year process. The one hundred year-old wood was chosen for it's pristine condition - it cannot be matched in strength. And as the wood succumbs to 'natural again' it will become even more beautiful."
Juniper and I had a great time exploring the area and this little slice of Korean culture got us talking about our upcoming trip to Korea. In just two-and-a-half months, Juniper and I will pack our bags and fly all the way around the world to Korea, where she'll get to meet her great-great-grandmother! I'm really super excited about the trip (despite the fact that I'll be entering my third trimester during the month-long trip). I haven't seen that half of my family since I was something like twelve, and I'm very much looking forward to re-connecting.