weekly photo challenge: community

Saturday, December 14:  The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is community, and we’re encouraged to interpret this in any way that we want.  Community usually refers to people, but there are many symbols or manifestations of people, bound by common ties or beliefs or celebrations.

On the way to Jeonju, South Korea, I found a community of schoolchildren at a rest area; they were all wearing bright yellow raincoats and orange pants, I assume so none of them could easily be separated from the community.

South Korean community of schoolchildren on the way to Jeonju

South Korean community of schoolchildren on the way to Jeonju

In Jeonju itself is a pavilion where musical performances are sometimes held.  As Koreans always remove their shoes before entering any building, the pavilions steps are peppered with shoes from every shape, size and nationality imaginable, as people join together in community to hear a traditional Korean musical performance.

shoes at a pavilion in Jeonju

shoes at a pavilion in Jeonju

At Northern Virginia Community College, where I teach ESL, we have community potlucks a couple of times each semester.  Here is a small microcosm of my larger classroom: a Turkish girl, a young Mongolian man, and a Saudi Arabian boy.

Seyda, Eegii, and Mahmoud

Seyda, Eegii, and Mahmoud

The first class I ever taught at Northern Virginia Community College was this class, with whom I formed a very tight bond.

my favorite ESL class ever: summer of 2011

my favorite ESL class ever: summer of 2011

And while not a community of people, here’s a community of white pelicans & cormorants on the shores of Lake Langano in Ethiopia.

white pelicans and cormorants

white pelicans and cormorants

I love when you’re traveling, and you form a little community of sorts: random people thrown together, fellow travelers.  I found the most fabulous communities in my travels on a junk in Halong Bay, Vietnam and in Cappadocia, Turkey.

a community of travelers on a junk in Halong Bay

a community of travelers on a junk in Halong Bay

a community of travelers in Cappadocia, Turkey

a community of travelers in Cappadocia, Turkey

These last two communities of people gave me some of the most enjoyable days in all my travels.

When you live abroad, as an outsider, you often form a small community of expat friends with whom you share some of your happiest moments.  In Korea, I had a small group of friends in Daegu, friends who formed a tight-knit community.

Myrna, me and Anna in Daegu, South Korea

Myrna, me and Anna in Daegu, South Korea

Anna, Kathy and me at a Daegu baseball game

Anna, Kathy and me at a Daegu baseball game

And sometimes, your community is very small, a group of very dear friends who take a 6-hour hike to nowhere in the mountains of Oman.

Mario, Kathy and Anna on Jebel Akhdar

Mario, Kathy and Anna on Jebel Akhdar

Oh how I miss this community. 🙂

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