I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to the Christmas Season , so I thought I would share some photos from my night out in Brooklyn’s famous Dyker Heights Neighborhood. Every year, scores of visitors flock to see the neighborhood’s … Continue reading
The most relaxing afternoon of my last trip to London was spent at the British Museum. After navigating pass the famed Rosetta Stone, the crowds thin and the building seems peaceful and quiet. With all the sculptures, arts, and exhibits, … Continue reading
I spent the week of Memorial Day in sunny, beautiful Las Vegas. I’ve been planning this trip , on and off , for five years so when I finally touched down at McCarran International , I felt like I knew … Continue reading
Pictures from an early morning walk through Notting Hill’s Portobello Road Market in London.
My least favorite part of travel is always the “getting there” stage. whether by plane , train, or bus being stuck in a tiny seat and surrounded by strangers is never very comfortable. Luckily , I’ve found that another passion of mine – reading – is the perfect pastime. The hours seem to melt away and I can block everything and everyone out.
Here’s what I’ve been reading while in transit .
Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
A bi-racial detective discovers he can use magic and must develop his skills as a demonic force causes the faces of London’s innocents to fall off.
I liked it so much that I already have the sequel , Moons Over Soho, packed in my bag for the next flight.
Half-Bad by Sally Green
A product of a good white witch and the most evil black witch , a boy has to fight through a childhood of torture to figure out where he belongs.
This was gory and entertaining but I don’t know if I liked it enough to pick up the second book in the series.
The Hiding Place BY Corrie Ten Boom
The true story of Corrie Ten Boom, a Christian who was sent to a concentration camp for hiding Jews in her home during the Nazi occupation of Holland.
I read this once in middle school but decided to have a reread after visiting the house in Amsterdam. I would recommend reading this on a long overnight trip, when there’s plenty of time to think and the darkness will hide any tears.
What have you all been reading?
I couldn’t go to London without making the trek out to Leavesden Studios. Since filming of the Harry Potter movies concluded , the two studio stages, J & K ( See what they did there?) have been turned into permanent … Continue reading
After a long drive through the narrow and winding English country roads, a shuttle bus, and a short hike and I was finally face-to-face with one of the most recognized and ancient monuments in the world. I had about five … Continue reading
If Suzhou sounds unfamiliar to you, it’s probably because you’re used to hearing one of its many nicknames. Also referred to as “Heaven on Earth” or “The Water Town”, it is best known as the “Venice of the East”. Although I haven’t seen the real Venice, if it’s half as beautiful as this tiny,traditional town , I can see what all the fuss is about.
Like its sister over in Italy, the city of Suzhou is built over and around a series of canals and waterways. Shortly after arrival, my group headed to a private boat tour of the canals and a traditional village built on its banks.
The trip down the canal was long and very scenic. Red lanterns and intricate stone carvings decorated either side. Most interesting ,however,was watching the people go about their daily lives. People sat on the steps of their houses and washed dishes, did laundry, and even bathed their pets.
After turning down a particularly narrow street, our boat drifted towards a stone staircase. Hidden just beyond the stairs was the entrance to the village.
Inside , the village was a crowded maze of activity. Even though crowds quickly parted to stare at the foreigners, it was difficult to maneuver. If you weren’t careful, you could wander into the path of a biker or into a chicken coup ( seriously !). The village was mainly a huge marketplace; a quick walk took us past displays of clothing and fresh and live food stands.
On the last afternoon in Suzhou, I had the opportunity to visit The Master of the Nets Garden which also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the day I was here, it was nearing 100 degrees Fahrenheit and people were more interested in finding a bit of shade than really exploring. It was lucky I took the time to snap a few pictures so I could at least reflect on the beauty later on in my air-conditioned apartment.
If you’re ever exploring China and need a day to recharge, Suzhou would be the perfect place. Because it’s a smaller town, the attractions weren’t as overwhelming. There’s a lot of beautiful sites to soak in before heading off to the nearby, hustling Shanghai.
My students buy these in prepackaged bags and try to munch on them in class.
9. Teok Rice Cakes
I didn’t like these at first, but with my school handing them out nearly every week, they’re growing on me.
8. Rice Stew
Leftover rice is allowed to boil until nearly burned. If seasoned with juices from leftover meat, this is delicious.
The most popular alcohol choice in Korea by far.
6. Mandu Soup
Meat-filled dumplings in soup. Very simply and very delicious .
5. Instant Kapi
Kapi is how “coffee” is pronounced in Korea.While Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts blot every corner, instant coffee seems to be popular, especially in office settings. Everything-coffee,sugar,and cream-comes in one cute little package.
Noodles and vegetables in a brown sauce. It tastes amazing.
One my favorite Korean meals so far. Spicy, circular rice noodles in a spicy red pepper sauce.
Flavorful beef cooked on a table-top grill. When it’s done, you wrap it in a lettuce leaf and make a scrumptious type of Korean taco.
A mixture of ground beef,vegetables, and rice topped with a spicy red sauce. If you want to try the best of the best, head to Jeonju, the home of Bibimbap.
Have a favorite Korean dish or top-ten list of your own? Comment below!
In an attempt to become a more active blogger, I’ve started a new series . Every Tuesday, I’ll be posting a top-ten list about something related to the travel/expat world.
I was looking through old travel photos and they brought back many memories and untold stories . I’ve decided to share.
1. Granada , Spain
2. Orlando, Florida
3. London, England
4. Seoul, South Korea
5. Dover , DE
6. London, England
7. Toledo , Spain
8. Morocco, Africa
9. Beijing, China
10. Beijing, China
I would love for this an interactive type of tag so I tag EVERY READER to contribute their own travel moment photos or a top-ten list.