Barcelona, Part 3

I’m not an expert in the Spanish language, but I do know how to say tapas fluently. Most importantly, I enjoyed munching on all the tapas in Barcelona. Tapas is a selection of appetizers or snacks that are good before the late dinner. Patatas bravas is a common tapas dish in Spain, which consists of white potatoes served with a spicy tomato or aioli sauce. In the picture above, there’s a photo of patatas bravas, which was devoured instantly.

Norfolk, Nor-fik

Oh, it’s pronounced “Nor-fik?” My GPS corrected me on my 4-5 hour drive from DC to Norfolk, VA. Traffic was a nightmare from the city, but it was worth it to see my friends this past weekend.

From visiting the Norfolk Botanical Garden to the Chrysler Art Museum, this smaller city outside of DC was a nice getaway for my birthday.

Greetings from RVA

It’s always nice to escape DC for the day, especially when friends come together for an adventure. We all went on a road trip to Richmond on Sunday, where we explored a few of my favorites in the city.

  • Belle Isle – Scenic and historic park that is perfect for easy hiking and kayaking
  • Proper Pie – Need I say more? I got a slice of coconut cream pie and a cup of coffee
  • Carytown – Quriky neighborhood that is aligned with restaurants, cafes, boutique shops, and bars
  • Street Art – Richmond is home to over 100 murals around the city. You won’t get tired of how vibrant and fun this city flaunts itself on the street

Got any more suggestions? I would love to read your favorite spots in Richmond, VA!

Phuket, Part 2

My favorite part of Phuket was hopping on the songthaew (an open door taxi) to Old Phuket Town to see the historic district. Thalang Road was where I went with my friend Katie, and it was a long street aligned with boutique shops, restaurants, and cafes. There was this outdoor food market that had a diverse number of booths for us to try. We left with our bellies full.

Seen in the photo(s): Old Phuket Town, Karon, Wat Suwan Khiri Khet Temple

Bali, Part 2

Captured some photos from my personal tour with Yogi, a Javanese tour guide who I met by the Seminyak Beach. I spent the whole day with him, and I found myself in the most unexpected adventure. We shared a Coca Cola by the beach and watched the sunset as he told me a bit about his family back in Java.

I didn’t have enough time in Bali, but it was amazing how much I did cram into the few days I was there. Thanks to Yogi, all the friendly Java and Sumatran folks who welcomed me to have dinner with them on the beach.

Seoul, Part 2

If you missed Seoul, Part 1 – it’s right here for you.

To my surprise, Seoul has a large art scene. Everywhere I explored, I wanted to pop into an art museum or I was immediately taken back by some of the incredible graffiti and murals. Not only is it visual art, the music scene plays a big part for the Seoul population. K (Korean) – Pop music is especially a huge sensation for the younger crowd. Every weekend, Hongdae is the place to be if you want to perform or watch singers or dancers shine.

Seen in the photo(s): National Museum of Contemporary Art,  Jogyesa Buddhist Temple, North Seoul Tower

Seoul, Part 1

I am officially back from my travels in Asia! It has been an unbelievable trip, and I’m eager to share my adventures with you. First stop, Seoul.

As the capital of South Korea, Seoul is known to be the city for food lovers or as Lonely Planet quotes, “heaven for passionate foodies.” As someone who loves Korean food, I can confirm that I was indeed in heaven. Although I had a few struggles with arriving in Korea on time (missed connection, but a surprise visit to San Francisco), I was able to make it there a day later than my planned arrival. Unexpected, but worth the visit to see one of my favorite cities in the US and my friend Misha who now currently lives there.

Upon arriving in Seoul, my best friend Alice picked me up and showed me some of the popular street food that is sold near her apartment. Some of the selections that she chose from the street cart included fish cakes with broth (odeng gungmul), blood sausage (sundae), and spicy rice cakes (tteokbokki) as my first dinner in Seoul. All under $10, so don’t worry about spending too much on food while you’re over here.

Seen in the photo(s): Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, Street food, Gyeongbukung Palace, Korean Chinese food in Hapjeong, Hongdae