who’re very comfy with one another may begin dressing the identical. Or ending one another’s sentences. After which there’s the Kims, Sinyeol and Sung-do, initially from South Korea, who made the weird choice again in 1991 to maneuver to – nicely, CNN put it greatest – “a lonely outcrop of islands on the coronary heart of a long-standing territorial dispute between Japan and South Korea”. (Actual property brokers may desire to explain the world as “up-and-coming”, having learnt the onerous manner that “lonely outcrops” do not do nicely at public sale.)
However who is aware of what goes on inside a wedding, proper? As a result of it seems the couple liked their life there. Mrs Kim labored as a freediver (the Korean time period is haenyo) till 2017, when she stop on the age of 79. Mr Kim died final October, however his spouse remains to be there. I have never named the island as a result of that is an entire different can of sea slugs: it is a part of what the Koreans name the Dokdo Islands, however the Japanese confer with the chain as Takeshima.
“She mentioned residing on Dokdo is enjoyable,” Kim’s son-in-law instructed reporters lately. “Being there, her thoughts is comfortable.” This makes some sense. Hell is, in any case, different individuals, and there are none round to complain about parking. Additionally, islands are sometimes what we think about when conjuring a imaginative and prescient of peace and serenity: palm bushes dipping lazily into azure seas, golden sands dotted with furry coconuts. A few of the world’s most sought-after vacationer locations are islands. Bora Bora. St Lucia. The Maldives. Santorini.
And but. I have been residing on an island for a while now, an actual one, by which I imply you may get from one facet to the opposite in a day. Not an island continent, as we had been taught Australia was as schoolkids. (Considerably confusingly, because it occurs, as a result of most geographers take into account islands and continents to be separate issues.)