Hong Kong, Part 1

Hong Kong was my final destination in Asia. After hopping from country to country, I was exhausted and ready to head back to the states. Before I could end my adventurous journey through Asia, I had to visit my kindred spirit, Della. I flew in from Singapore, where I had a very long and tiring layover. Traveling is not an adventure without sleeping in the airport (ha ha). Della and her roommate, Emily were so hospitable and helpful during my stay. They are also working as full-time teachers like my friend Alice (in Seoul).

The highlight of my trip had to be updating my mom and dad on everything that I was eating and sight seeing in the city. My parents were thrilled about this trip because they wanted me to experience the authentic Cantonese food and culture they grew up with.

Phuket, Part 1

I was fortunate to have a familiar face with me on this part of the trip. My friend Katie, who I met during my time volunteering in Cape Town had arrived to Phuket a week earlier. Even though we had our reunion in Seoul, this part of the trip was special because we both have planned to travel to Thailand together ever since we formed our friendship in South Africa.

To be honest, Phuket wasn’t my favorite stop on my trip. I was blown away by the beauty of the beaches and cliffs, but the reality was that behind all the serene nature; there were tons of poverty that hid behind all the tourism. Poverty exists in every part of the world, but being this “privileged traveler” had put me in an uneasy state when I arrived here. Phuket is an extremely popular tourist attraction, and I was able to learn how important tourism is to many countries because they need it to survive.

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