Places I've Been

I thought I'd compile some of my travel blogging into one convenient and accessible place for you. Enjoy!

U.S.A.
Washington DC, Metro Area, Rural Parts of Maryland
It's home sweet home. Check out some posts about the National Mall, various random areas, visiting family and friends, hiking one tiny mountain, and a park near my old apartment. Of course, growing up near here, I've been many other places in that area, but I didn't have the blog way back then.

Martha's Vineyard Island, Massachusetts
I completed my graduate degree through Northeastern University which used to run a writing workshop and courses for teachers on the scenic and famous Martha's Vineyard for a month each summer. I went the summers of 2005, 2006, and 2007, but only blogged about it the last year. You can read about getting there by ferry, the town of Vineyard Haven, Edgartown and South Beach, West Chop, the shark tournament at Oak Bluffs, Fuller Street Beach, Gay Head/Aquinnah, and Menemsha. I think my mom also brought me to the island when I was really young, but I don't really remember much.

Other States
I was born in Illinois. That I can remember, I've been to Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York (state and city), Connecticut, Rhode Island, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio (countless times), Iowa (for a college visit to Grinnell), San Francisco and Napa Valley in California (summer 2005), and Telluride ski resort in Colorado (March 2006). Most of this was before I was blogging. I've been to Florida many, many times because I have relatives who live there. Most recently, I went on spring break 2007.

Korea
I've lived in Korea from August 2007 to August 2010, and I've done a lot of traveling about the country.  You can read about some of my favorite places below:
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Vietnam
I visited the northern half of Vietnam in February 2009 for 11 days. It was my first backpacking trip alone, so I was very excited. You can read about Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Catba Island, Perfume Pagoda, the Marble Mountains, a motorcycle tour of the countryside and My Son, Hoi An and Cua Dai Beach, the imperial capitol Hue. I had a wonderful time, and I'd love to go back there one day.

Cambodia
For my honeymoon in February 2010, Min Gi and I spent one week in Cambodia and one week in Thailand. In Cambodia, we visited Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples for three days, took a tour of the floating village on Tonle Sap lake near Siem Reap, spent a few memorable days in the capitol Phnom Penh, and learned more than I really wanted to know about genocide. It was an amazing and difficult experience because poverty is so in your face, but so is this glorious history. I think if I go back, I would like to spend a few months volunteering at an orphanage and getting to know this country more deeply.

Thailand
For our honeymoon in February 2010, Min Gi and I spent one week in Cambodia and one week in Thailand. I can finally understand why people go wild for Thailand. The beaches are amazing, the temples beautifully maintained, the culture interesting and varied, the food delicious, and the people (outside of Khao San Road tuktuk drivers) are very relaxed and friendly. It was hard not to fall in love with Siam--even without memories of my insane childhood crush on Yul Brenner and "One Night in Bangkok" from Chess playing in my head the whole time (greatest rock flute solo EVER). We spent three days on the island paradise Ko Chang and then three days exploring a bit of Bangkok including the main tourist sites and a small pottery island called Ko Kret. Without a doubt, I will be returning to Thailand in the future.

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