cambodia

Thank You 2012

Dear 2012,

You’ve been a lovely year.  You began with great friends in the States, and now you’re ending with great friends here once again in Korea.

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Thank you 2012, for amazing students who surprise me constantly, personal fulfillment, the ability to complete 50,000 word writing goals, and even more travel!  You haven’t always been the easiest year, but you have definitely been an unforgettable one!


Catch You Later, Busan

Tomorrow I fly to Cambodia! I’m still not fully ready, but I’m almost there.

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I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and some time with your loved ones.  Before I depart, I will leave you with a painting that I helped make last weekend of a cat and unicorn (who looks a bit like a wolf) eating ice cream in a field of flowers.

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From Busan with Love,
Jenna


This Time Next Week

It’s hard to believe that a week from now Christmas will be finished for another year, and I will be in Siem Reap enjoying my winter vacation.

Right now I’m feeling stressed and overwhelmed both at work and at home.  I have a lot on my plate at school, and then on top of it I have a vacation coming up that I’m really looking forward to, but haven’t really prepared for.  I like to plan things.  I really like to plan my trips to places, and I’ve been so busy lately that I think this might be one of the most unplanned trips I’ve ever taken.

It currently seems like my To Do Lists have To Do Lists, I’ve hardly even thought about packing, but ready or not I am getting on a plane Saturday to go explore what Cambodia has in store for me.  I will also admit that I’m really bad at letting other people help me, and/or asking for help, so part of it is my own fault.


‘We Need a Little Christmas’

The Holidays are full of traditions and being away from home this time of year has me clinging to some of the traditions I can replicate overseas.  Today I was talking with a friend about things we watch every year and it made me realize I was overdue to watch my absolute favorite Christmas tradition: A Muppet Family Christmas.


Too Many Choices?

Living in photo obsessed Korea, while shopping for a camera, do I have too many choices?

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I took a walk along Haeundae Beach the other week only to find almost everyone there taking or posing for pictures.  I was so amused by this that I had to respond by taking out my own camera and take pictures of other people taking pictures.

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Christmas Island

Now that November is over, NaNo is done, and I have relaxed enough to return to my regular state of weird, I have begun getting pumped for Christmas and my upcoming vacation to CAMBODIA!

Just from the few things I’ve looked at about Cambodia, I am already super excited and can’t wait!

Yesterday I started looking around and began trying to figure out my plans for the week I am there.  I would appreciate any and all suggestions and recommendations.  This is the first time I’ll be in a warm climate for Christmas and also the first time I’ll be away from family and/or friends that have become my family, so it will be a different experience to say the least.

Before leaving for Cambodia, I plan on getting my fill of cold weather Christmas here in Korea.  Yesterday I started making a Christmas tree for my apartment (which is still a work in progress).  Today while watching Elf,  I may have also made a few whales wearing scarves. It get’s cold in the ocean.


5 Awesomely Awesome Things: Travel Songs Edition

I love making playlists.  I love trying to find perfect songs to fit certain moods, and I love a good theme.  A goodbye party, a mix for flying back home from Korea, or even a ‘6-am during a Chicago Winter and I have to go to work pump up’ mix, I will gladly craft a playlist to help enhance any occasion or mood (or at least I’ll try my hardest to do so). So I wanted to share some of my favorite travel songs that are almost always on any travel themed playlist I make.

 

1. “California”- Joni Mitchell:


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

 

While spending time in Phnom Penh, my wife and I learned a lot. Most importantly we learned that life is more than the house you live in, the money you have in your bank account and the fancy clothes you wear. The growth you gain internally by experiencing other things in life will change you forever. Phnom Penh was full of poverty, but everyone was smiling. Everyone there knew that life, family and happiness is worth more than anything you can ever buy.

The growth we experienced in this amazing city was inspiring and extremely life changing.

You can read more about our time there.


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