If you have been keeping track of me through my social network: IG & FB....you will know that I spent Christmas in Korea. Just so happen to be a few days after my birthday too so I re-celebrated my birthday in Korea with some friends there too.
It took me awhile to finish this post because my hard drive (with all my photos from Korea) crashed TT_TT it was a month of mourning for me basically and going crazy with backing up all my shoots from my other hard drives too. But now that I've gone through all of that, I can go back and reflect on my beautiful trip to Korea.
The first two nights in korea was me, being completely jetlagged and waking up at 6am to knock out at 4pm. Also, shopping drains the heck out of me and my best friend and I spent the first two days in Korea shopping. We met up with my friend Paker (teaches english in Korea, I knew her from camp menogyn back home) and her friends to celebrate my birthday - Korean style. This day was the one day I stayed up until 4am and knocked the jetlag out of my system.
They taught us about Korean Rounds (Korean RESTAURANT ROUNDS - I was full by the first round already = fail) which we had KBBQ, it was soooo gooood. Which is how I was full by the first round already. Second round was at the Chicken and Beer restaurant (photo above) which is where they surprised me with a birthday cake and everything then took us to karaoke. We ate really good when we hung out with them making the last couple of days really sad for us.
I love street food in Korea, it is cheap and delicious and I miss it the most now that I'm back home. We mainly hung out in the touristy areas so we got through by speaking english and a little bit of Korean. Korean food is amazing, I love it. I wish we had better Korean food here in Minnesota.
Now, onwards to the biggest highlight of the trip for me. Gyeongbokgung Palace....is my favorite palace, only because it was the palace I ran around wearing a Hanbok and fulfilled the historial k-drama lover in me. I was the biggest kid there that day....and if I wasn't, I wasn't paying attention to anyone else except taking in the experience and loving every moment of it. To make matters even more interesting, I was also doing a photoshoot of Eric (Paker's friend) who was willing to model for me in exchange for being our translator and taking us around Korea to explore (though Paker was more of the GPS than Eric was, he did a great job as translator though). As I was unable to pull off self portraits, I had Paker take the photos of me instead.
Of course I wouldn't be the only one to get a photoshoot. I was also able to exchange my photo skills for some models & tour guides. Thank you to Mina & Eric for letting me photograph you two in exchange for taking us around Korea. You guys are awesome!!
This was the first time I traveled without family and although I love family, I also loved being able to make my own choices and decisions. I did hesitate a lot because I wasn't sure what was the best thing to do culturally in Korea but because my bestie is the best :D she made sure to let me know if I was being weird....which is normal for me :P
Special thanks to Paker, Eric, Mina, Paul, Evee, Zero-One, Michael, and everyone else who made time to hang out with Manivanh and I during our trip to Korea!!! Thank you Manivanh for pretty much taking charge of everything cause let's be honest, I would've gotten lost in Korea without you.