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Seoul (Korea)

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Frank has been delinquent with blog posts so I am skipping ahead to Korea for just this post.

September 14, 2010 (Tuesday) – September 27, 2010 (Monday):

For two whole weeks, for every lunch and dinner, we met with relatives of Frank’s and mine in Seoul.  This was detrimental to my plan to lose some weight before Hami’s wedding in October, but who can say no to delicious Korean food? Our meals included buffet at various hotels, hanjungsik (traditional Korean course meal), hwe (sashimi), grilled pig skin and chicken feet, ddukbokgi and many more… Although we hardly had any time to go off on our own to do some sightseeing around Seoul, we were very happy that we invested all our time there to meet and get to know our aunts/uncle/cousins/other relatives. Who knows…it may be another ten years before we come back to our motherland… and at which time, we may have a whole new set of faces to get to know.

Even though it had been more than ten years since I had last hung out with my relatives in Korea, it felt as if I had just seen them. For me, walking around in Korea and seeing familiar faces brought back many fond memories from living in Korea. I realized once again that blood is thicker than water. We thank all of our families in Korea for taking time out of their busy schedule to spend time with us and treating us so nicely. We thank Yoon-ah unni’s family especially for letting us stay with them for two weeks and making us feel at home! We will miss you all!

We often forgot to take pictures, but here are some pictures we remembered to take in Korea.

Here. We. Go.

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

So after months of deliberation and indecisiveness, weighing the pros and cons, enlisting psychiatrists and psychoanalysts to make sure we weren’t crazy (or at least not crazier than the average person), we finally took the plunge and set in motion the dubious plan to live as nomads and scour the world.

Notice was given to our respective employers.  Hours Days Weeks were spent with various airline alliances to inquire about ideal routing/ticketing.  Sledgehammer was taken to Miriam’s nieces’ piggy banks.  Tickets were purchased.  Expedited passport fees were paid.  Foreign embassies were tackled.  Luggage options were explored.  Travel books were purchased.  Luggage options were re-explored.  Travel shots were administered.  Fears were overcome.  Bags are packed.

In the midst of all this chaos, we endured through the additional pain of moving out of our beloved San Francisco, and back to Los Angeles, to be closer to our friends and family (especially, to take advantage of free daycare :), should such a reason arise…post-travels).  Ay, there’s the rub…that’s the real impetus for us wanting to do this trip now, before the young-uns start a’comin’.

So without further ado, here is our tentative travel schedule:

7/4 – UK
7/14 – Ireland
7/21 – Switzerland
7/25 – Germany
7/31 – Italy
8/5 – Croatia
8/10 – Hungary
8/14 – Austria
8/17 – Czech Republic / Poland
8/22 – Germany
8/25 – Netherlands
8/30 – Belgium
9/4 – UK
9/6 – Russia
9/13 – South Korea
9/27 – Japan
10/12 – Shanghai / Beijing
10/25 – Hong Kong
10/28 – Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia
11/18 – South Africa
12/9 – Egypt
12/16 – UK
12/23 – Switzerland – Alps for Christmas (??)
12/28 – France – Paris for New Year’s
1/4 – Los Angeles

We’re really hoping people can come meet us at any of the various locations throughout our trip.  We’ll probably get sick of each other pretty quickly.  Come save us from ourselves!

If you can’t visit us in person, at least visit us virtually via this blog and Skype.  Leave comments so we know we’re not just talking to ourselves.  And since we’ll be taking our laptop and dSLR, I’m hoping to update the blog as often as wi-fi possible, with pictures…afterall, how else could I have conned convinced Miriam into letting me get a new laptop and telephoto lens 🙂  Thanks, hon…you’re the best!

I haven’t figured out what we’re doing about telecommunication yet, but for the interim (and definitely throughout the trip), we’ll be using Skype (yay video-chat!!).  Since I’d rather not publish our username over this oh-so-public medium, if you’re one of my (Frank’s) friends, my Skype username is listed on my Facebook profile.  Add me to your contacts!  Alternatively, you can go to our Contact page, and request it, and I’ll email it to you.

Okay, that’s about it for the intro.  Hope to see you guys soon!