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!

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

The Weekend, pt. 2 (in RVA)

My friend from Boston hasn’t fully explored the DMV area before, so we drove out of the city and spent the day in Richmond, Virginia. It’s always nice to take a break from where I live, and see what else there is to explore. From hiking through Belle Isle to strolling through Cary Street, we got to see the scenic and colorful side of Virginia. But most importantly, I finally got my piece of pie from Proper Pie. True bliss right there.

25

09/17/16 Cate (my former roommate) came back to DC for my birthday weekend. A few months ago, Jess and I went out to Colorado to visit her and her hometown.

Adventure(s): Adams Morgan – Roofers Union

09/18/16 Celebrated my 25th birthday. More grateful each year to see how much has changed in my life: including how I progressed within my own mental and physical state, having the support and love of my family and friends, being able to work harder within my career and loving every second of it. But most importantly, knowing that growth plays an important role in my life and seeing how the people I love in my life also show and encourage this kind of growth.

Adventure(s): Duck Donuts, Shenandoah National Park, Iron Gate Korean BBQ

09/19/16 – 09/22/16 Making Cate’s trip to DC special and worthwhile before she heads back home to Colorado. We all saw a feminist play called Collective Rage: A Play In Five Boops and then finally tried a new restaurant called Bonfire that specialized in smores.

Adventure(s): Woolly Mammoth Theater, Bonfire

Philadelphia




On Memorial Day weekend, I went back home to New Jersey to visit my family for my Grandpa’s 91st birthday. The entire family came out (especially the ones all the way out in California). Before I went back to New Jersey, I took a pit stop in Philly and met up with my friend Skye. We ate at Reading Terminal Market and walked through the Magic Gardens for a fun little day trip in the city.