My Week in Michigan, Summer 2014

I went from seven weeks at my parents’ house (a place I still call home) watching netflix on the couch by myself (why does ANYONE work in the summer?!)  in the summer of 2013, to one whirlwind week of summer in Michigan in 2014. I basically filled my memory card with pictures of my nieces and nephew.

What can I say? I LOVE BEING AN AUNTIE!

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I needed a picture of Jordan’s hair (obviously) so then of course Izzie and the Beast needed their close-ups snapped as well. I love these kids.

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Photo shoot with Gracie, I am in the country now so shoes are totally optional.

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Above is the tattoo that I designed for my sister.

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She is so much bigger now, it hurts me to think about! Three days after I came back to Korea she started walking. REALLY NORA? REALLY?DSC_7097 DSC_7116 DSC_7135 DSC_7222DSC_7187  DSC_7231 DSC_7245  DSC_7247 DSC_7284 DSC_7253DSC_7294 DSC_7296 DSC_7303 DSC_7331

Taking the Dyers baby announcement pictures. We didn’t know what the sex of the baby was at the time (they found out a few days later!) so we took pictures for a girl and boy! Izzie and Noah were my assistants.

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Before                                                                                                                    After

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It’s always nice to stay with my oldest brother Josh and sister-in-law Darla before I fly back to Korea. They take me out to delicious meals and always cause me to fall in love with Detroit a little bit more every time I visit. This time around I got to meet the newest addition to their family, lovely April! She is beautiful. Until next summer (I KNOW I KNOW it’s November… but better late than never right?!).

The Village has Visitors

I am not blogging my summer in order whatsoever. Like, I mean, at all.

OH WELL.

In July my dear friend Jee Young flew from New York to Chicago, met up with another fabulous friend, Jane, and together they drove… to my village.

Arriving around 11:30 at night, the first thing Jee Young says, “It’s so dark here!”

I forgot, the country is dark. There are no streetlights, building lights, and very few car lights… it’s dark. Really dark.

The second thing Jee Young says, “We stood outside looking up at all the stars, there are so many stars!”

It reminded me of the time when I told my 2nd graders in Seoul that I missed seeing stars. They tried arguing with me that you can see a lot of stars in the city. I told them “No, you can’t.” Then one boy said, “Yes, you can! Once, I saw SEVEN.”

Jane and Jee Young had the privilege of getting a full tour (a whopping three hours long, and that included lunch) of the village of Middleville, which even included the log house my dad built and the family lived in for the first ten years of my life.  We ate lunch at the one real restaurant that wasn’t also a bar, and visited my old high school —where I got a library card at the public library— in which I got lost in because there has been so much renovation I didn’t even feel like it was the school I attended.

Oh yes, and we also took a field trip to my sister’s farm, where they saw tractors in real life and cows, very SMELLY cows.

Aaaaahhhh the country.

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Having people you meet on the other side of the world visit your home town is really special. I am so grateful to Jane and Jee Young for making the effort to visit me this summer.

Until my next totally out-of-order post about my summer…

 

 

i love this city

I was on a bus yesterday heading from Gwanghwamun to have dinner with friends in Sinsa. I am not particularly fond of buses so I tend to opt for the subway if given the choice, that is, unless the commute is a heck of a lot shorter by bus.  In this case it was and I realized something I miss out of when I travel by subway… the city.

With the windows down and a slight breeze shuffling my newly chopped hair I sat on the bus and gazed out at a beautiful view, this was a route I had never taken before and the only thing I can remember thinking was: “I love this city.” I passed by lit up buildings and zoomed over streams and rivers, the roads wind like artwork (confusing to navigate but fantastic to look at), the flowers (bringing a little nature to the city, flowers everywhere) bloom brilliant colors, and the water shines inviting you to take a plunge and escape the humidity in the air.

I grew up in Middleville (yes, actual name) Michigan, a one-stop-light farmer town. I am definitely not in Kansas anymore (okay never was since I just said Michigan, you know what I mean) and though I am incredibly proud of my roots and I really miss grass, I really enjoy this city.

My favorite part of commuting in Seoul, whether it be by bus, taxi, or subway is crossing over the Han River. My friend Christina gives an amazing description (with pictures!) check it out.

And here are a few pics of my own, not many because I haven’t actually gone around just taking pictures of the city because I love people to be in my pics but now that I am realizing my love for this city I think I will be taking a whole lot more.

my first week in seoul, so many lights...

the view from my apartment, taken through the window which is why it's a little grey, wait nope that's the smog... still love it.

bike riding along the han river, this bridge lights up at night.

chyeonggycheon stream during the lantern festival

sick

i love this city