Jam won pool day with Bri. I love the blue sky, clouds, and warm weather!
Bobby’s slip and slide rooftop birthday party at Southside Parlor with fantastic people.
Citrus beer and philly cheese steak with french onion soup (kind of) reminds me of USA.
I was honored to cheer on Andra’s hockey team! I forgot how much I enjoyed watching hockey, especially in a very cool arena while it was sweltering outside.
Birthday dinner at Petras Middle Eastern restaurant in Itaewon. Thank you for joining friends 🙂
Drinks upon drinks upon drankkkksss. Bday festivities.
Below: Meow earring birthday present from my lovely friend, Ashly Moore.
Ellie cat’s birthday brunch at Flying Pan in Itaewon. Delicious!
Followed by cute outside-indoors-themed cafe for caffeine.
Below: Only in Korea will you find a couple come in, sit down, take out huge-lens cameras and start photographing each other from across the table. Bizarre, but cute.
At the National Museum of Korea with Yoobin. The gardens were gorgeous and the exhibits fascinating.
Above: Kimchi Bossam- my first time trying boiled pork with spicy kimchi radish. So ambrosial. Below: Bingsu, but no pat 😦 Pat is the word for red bean. Red bean flavor is my favorite. I ordered incorrectly. Opps!
A morning walking tour after my emergency passport renewal. I woke up one morning, two weeks away from leaving for Taiwan, and discovered my passport had expired!
Protesters in Korea sit peacefully, dance and sing- much different than in USA.
My eccentric, wonderful, creative student: Theo Puff.
Meanwhile, in Hopkins, MN, Spencer is starting to make himself at home with the new family!
He loves to watch the bunny families in my mom’s gardens.
Japjae & spicy kimchi lunch in Insadong with Chantal.
Below: the customary practical joke in Korea- to poke people in the butt hole. Both holy and wholly awkward, ’tis true.
…followed by tea at a traditional Chinese tea house in Insadong with Jooyea and Chantal- fierce feministing and hilarity ensued.
My last day with my kiddos. Tears were plentiful.
I brought the Korean staff cake for my last day as a small thank you to their amazing hard work all year long… keeping us Americans/Canadians safe, happy, and mildly aware 🙂
And then we forced the kids to suck on sour warhead candies for the first time in their lives. Their reactions are priceless!
Saying goodbye to these little cuties was rough! Kiki and Max were my kitties away from home.
My last meal before heading to Taiwan for 8 days- Uzbekistan food! So scrumptious and unique.
After returning from Taiwan, my ‘last meal’ was jjim dak- melt off the bone beef and veggies, followed by patbingsu for dessert!
The following day, I headed to my favorite part of town- Insadong- for bossom (boiled pork with spicy radish)