Hot Pink Sunset

by Vitra on April 10, 2014 · 0 comments

A few weeks ago, I posted some pics of sunset in Langkawi from my iPad.

I have never really liked the image quality from iPad (and never understand why people would use their iPad as the primary means of picture-taking while on vacation. But I digress.)

With the images from my camera now on my computer, I wanted to post a couple images of sunset that truly demonstrate the beautiful sunset – in my mind, what will be remembered as a hot pink sunset because the pink mixed in with the orange was just so intense.

Sunset in Langkawi

hot pink and orange sunset

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My Day Tour in Seoul, Korea

by Vitra on April 1, 2014 · 0 comments

Recently, I spent two and a half days in Seoul, Korea and I fell in love with the city. And what a huge city it is, with a population of ten million.

I traveled to Seoul after a 5 day stint in Beijing. Seoul was like a yoga retreat compared to the intensity of Beijing. (Disclaimer: I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Beijing and really got a sense of the kindness of locals.)

Since I didn’t have much time in Seoul, I decided to do a day tour to see as much as I could. It was a packed day and included the following sites in the following order:

Jogye Temple

Woman bowing before entering Woman bowing before entering

 

Baby Buddha and I Baby Buddha and I

 

Decorated Tree

 Deoksu Palace – we were able to catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony after walking through the Palace grounds.

Deoksu Palace structure

 

Another tour group. Love the colorful bubble jackets! Another tour group. Love the colorful bubble jackets!

 

This is done daily to as a ceremonial reminder of the old days This is done daily to as a ceremonial reminder of the old days

 

A drive by of the Presidential Blue House, Korea’s version of the White House

An Amethyst center – Yes, this was just an inclusion in the tour to get tourists to purchase so the organizer can get a cut?

Lunch at a Korea restaurant, which actually wasn’t as good as some of the food I’ve had in Little Korea in NYC. (womp, womp)

Changdeok Palace – a UNESCO Heritage site

Palace

architectural details architectural details

 

concubine area Concubine area (now with modern buildings in the background)

 

Insadong

Lock locks Lock locks

 

Korean version of Love Locks Korean version of Love Locks

 

A Ginseng center – Yet another random stop in hopes that someone in the tour would buy

Namdaemun Market

veggie stand

Chicken Anyone?

Back to Hotel

The tour cost about $85 USD, which I think was a fair price. If I had the time to figure out transportation or several days to see all these places in detail I would not have done the tour. But the day whet my appetite and I can’t wait to go back to Seoul again to explore a few of these places for a longer period of time!

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A Stroll Through Nanluoguxiang, Beijing

March 13, 2014

Today, I took a lovely stroll through a quaint, but hip and happening street named Nanluoguxiang (or Nan Luo Gu Xiang, depending on who’s writing about it!) In contrast to highly touristy, Pipe Street,  or translated from Mandarin to English, Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street – it seemed to be more of a local lane. While […]

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A Match Made in Heaven?

March 13, 2014

Today I took a tour of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China. The grounds are beautiful, well-kept, and contain so much history. Only the Emperor of the time was allowed to conduct ceremonies there because they were seen as God on Earth. However, it has been open  to the public since the end of […]

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Universal SIM?

March 11, 2014

It occurred to me today as I landed in Beijing that some of the most interesting experiences I’ve had in a new country is in the airport searching for a SIM counter – and successfully getting my phone to work!                 It seems like it’s always a struggle […]

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Lost my Pics – Sad Face

March 10, 2014

You know when you’re super excited that you were able to capture pictures, especially of yourself, that portray your personality so precisely? I had some of those from a weekend trip to Langkawi last weekend. We went island hopping and on some of the massive trees there were a couple different types of swings. I […]

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