Tuesday, June 21, 2016

One Month in Seoul

I can't believe I've been in Seoul for one month already, time truly flies. I didn't actually mention it here, but I flew into Seoul on May 23rd and have just been enjoying my time here thus far. I'm not new to Seoul, or Korea for that matter. I actually lived here for 5 years when I was younger and have been back to visit almost every year since 2001. Last year was the first year I spent a full two months here, and I decided earlier this year that I wanted to come back again for another extended period of time.

Being away from home for two months (and staying with in-denial hoarders - sorry Mom & Dad, LOL) definitely validates that minimalism is the preferred lifestyle for me. I came here with a backpack (for the plane), one carry-on size and one mid-size suitcase, and I honestly still have more than I need here. 

Of course, I have the luxury of staying at my parents home while I'm here, and they have an abundance of everything, so even if I needed something back home, there's a good chance they have it here. Or I could just go out and purchase it, which is something I would not do for a shorter trip.

Although, I did find myself without a proper outfit for a wedding that I didn't know I would be going to before I arrived here, but luckily Korean weddings don't require formal attire.

Also, I'm thinking of doing a sort of "what's in my suitcase" type post or something similar. Let me know if you're interested in how I packed for long term travel. Or anything else related to travel or my time here in Korea. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Where is the love?

Super saddened that it seems almost every time I log on or turn on the TV another tragedy has taken place in our world. How people can be so full of hate is something that I will never understand.

I'm very thankful that I was raised in an environment that taught me acceptance and love, rather than discrimination and hate. I can only hope that future generations get to experience more of the former.

Sending love & light to Orlando, the LGBT community and everyone across the world.

Spread love.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Black on Black Everyday Shoes

Admittedly, I have too many pairs of shoes. I've gotten rid of a mass majority of them, but without counting I still probably own over 80 pairs.

Minimalist, right? 

As for a good portion of my shoes, I'll admit I don't wear a lot of them. They're more of a collection that I'm not ready to part with just yet and I'm okay with that.

But I do have my pairs that get lots of wear. They're my go-tos for everyday wear and are perfect for travel.

Currently I'm loving the black on black Roshe Run by Nike. They're comfortable and they look good. I'm wearing them pretty much daily these days, especially if I know I'll be doing a good amount of walking (which I'm doing a lot of lately).

I couldn't find the black on black colorway anywhere in my size, so I did have to get these custom made but I couldn't be happier with them.

Nike Roshe Run


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Monday, May 30, 2016

Tips for Long Term Travel

Up until last year the longest trip I had taken was about 3 weeks long (unless you count the occasional summer at Grandma's, but when you're 9, you have no say in the planning). Last summer I decided to start taking extended trips to Seoul, to immerse myself in the culture (Atlanta's Korea town is cool, but not quite the same) but quite a bit of planning has to take place because two month is not a short period of time.

After last year, I think I have a pretty good system in place.

Travel tips for those long term trips (or even some shorter stays)

I like to make sure my home is nice and fresh before any length of travel, because nobody should want to come home to a dirty bed, trash and piles of laundry. But I find returning to a clean home after a long trip is doubly important. You'll probably be exhausted and just want to pass out, and that'll be impossible if you have to deal with a bug infestation that manifested while you were gone.

I personally make sure all dishes are washed, trash is taken out, bedding is clean, floors are clean, counters are wiped down, laundry is done...