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
Do you ever see a photo of some whimsical place and think, surely that can’t be real? A number of years ago now, that was exactly my thought when I saw the wisteria tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Garden on Pinterest. I saved it for ‘someday,’ never imagining that some day, I’d be living abroad with my fiancé, spending a long weekend (Children’s Day) on a 1.5-hour flight to Kitakyushu, Japan for a bit of wisteria hysteria.Read More
My dad said this photo reminded him of Game of Thrones, except the caption would read: Spring is coming, or, Spring is here.Read More