This might be the longest it’s taken us to get a travel post up and the trip was such a whirlwind it almost feels like we dreamt it! But hopefully these details will help any of you who are headed to Japan this fall.Read More
I may be in the minority here, but summer is my least favorite season.Read More
Though our most recent trip to Japan started in Kyoto (post to come), I had to share this peculiar and wonderful experience with the deer in Nara Park first!Read More
They said we wouldn’t be able to do it, but we did—my friend B and I got through our Tokyo list (and then some!) in just three days. While it was certainly a packed trip (we got in around 2:30am the first day), it never felt rushed or overwhelming.Read More
There are so many ways you could travel through Seoul that would keep you well occupied—you could cafe hop, temple hop, follow the flowers, discover the world of K-beauty, find the hidden gems, do the tourist things or go off the beaten path. The options are truly limitless.
An upward trend when traveling through Seoul these days is bookstore browsing, and as an educator and library lover, I am here for it! Here’s a list of some of the can’t-miss spots for your trip.Read More
Planning a trip can be overwhelming, especially if you’re pressed for time and traveling to Seoul where the options are limitless.Read More
If you’ve been following along on our Stories, you’ll know that one of my best friends (B from this series!) came to visit for a nonstop whirlwind week through Tokyo and Seoul. Hosting as an expat usually means going to the same tourist spots time after time—which is better than it sounds as you get to see those places through the seasons and ‘for the first time’ each time—but I wanted to fit something a little different and more special into our already packed schedule.Read More
I recently learned that New Orleans is called “The Big Easy,” a nickname that didn’t catch on until the ‘70s when a local newspaper writer used it to compare the easy-going lifestyle of Louisiana to the hurried pace of New York City. And if that isn’t a metaphor for my summer in the south.Read More
It’s easy to get caught up in Seoul. There are so many distractions—interesting neighborhoods (see 1, 2), pretty cafes (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), traditional sites (see 1, 2, 3, 4), beautiful blooms (see 1, 2, 3, 4). And that’s not even beginning to scratch the surface.
But the best parts of South Korea, in my opinion, are the ones outside of Seoul.Read More
Maybe controversial, but Andrew and I find standard roses overrated. Of course, I’ve never met a flower I didn’t like, and roses are the flower of June, so I still woke us up bright and early to head down to Seoul Grand Park Station where the Theme Garden was supposed to be overflowing with them (and the whole city is overflowing with them, so that’s saying something).Read More
In April and May, you’ll see bright, colorful lanterns decorating pockets of Seoul in honor of Buddha’s birthday and the Lotus Lantern Festival.Read More
Besides the Kawachi Fuji Wisteria Garden, which we had already explored by early Saturday afternoon, there didn’t seem to be much else to do or see in Kitakyushu. But as we only had a weekend and it would have been too tight of a trip to try to fit in another city, we decided to see what we could find.Read More