Asia, Part 3

Returning to our regularly scheduled programming… Seoul.  Chris has already written quite extensively about this trip, so I figure I can piggy-back on his (more contemporaneous) writings and just add my own thoughts. It was my first trip back in almost 30 years.  My memories of Seoul are very fuzzy, as I was 7 years old.  Mostly what I remembered were lots… Continue reading Asia, Part 3

Korea/China: Part 1 – Getting There

But before I get to Macau, let’s talk about the journey itself. PLANNING THE TRIP The original plan was to visit my dad in Seoul over Thanksgiving. I’m one of those people who really hates connections on flights.  I just want to get there, dammit.  Fortunately, I live in Chicago, which enjoys plenty of non-stop flights… Continue reading Korea/China: Part 1 – Getting There


Ah, turkey day.  In my family, we had one disastrous Thanksgiving back in 2006 (family drama: crying, yelling, fighting) and so Chris and I haven’t hosted a family Thanksgiving since. Instead, we often traveled during the long weekend.  In 2009, 2011, and 2013 we went to Paris.  This year, we took Thanksgiving weekend and the… Continue reading Thankgiving