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PLACES TRAVELED 2011

In the midst of list season,  I deliver to you the first of far too many to come. Here is a tale told through images of places I traveled in 2011.

HANOI, VIETNAM : : FEB. 2011

The Ho Chi Minh Memorial in Hanoi

A young boy properly suited for Tet festivities

Tran Quoc Pagoda

HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM : : FEB. 2011

Local dwellings of the Bay

Giant vertical rock formations

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM : : FEB. 2011

Cathedral Notre-Dame

Soaking up the afternoon sun

Ho Chi Minh statue in front of the Peoples Committee Hall

MEKONG DELTA, VIETNAM : : FEB. 2011

A vessel of the Delta

Snake liquor for sale and a local curious fish

Coconut candy makers selling their product in the Delta

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA : : FEB. 2011

A fellow giant, me, greetings the Petronas Towers

One of oh so many delicious plates served up in Malaysia

PENANG, MALAYSIA : : FEB. 2011

On the water, island life

A monk giving alms at a Chinese temple for the Lunar New Year celebration

Botanical garden locals

A city of temples for ranging beliefs

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA : : 2011

Hongdae’s infamous makguelli man

Awaiting the sunrise near the sea

Fried goodness for sale near Seoul Station

Seoul Lantern Festival 2011

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA : : JUNE 2011

Gwanggali beach

Seafood stew successfully devoured

Bidding farewell to the sun over Gwanggali

PORTLAND, OREGON : : JULY 2011

Street art spotted in NW PDX

Sweet nectar from Mecca

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS : : JULY 2011

Chicago Theatre

Skyscrapers and fields of grass

The Magnificent Mile

Meeting giant Marilyn

DES MOINES, IOWA : : JULY 2011

Iowa feels like home and these are some of the state’s finest folks and dear friends of mine.

Wall art at Big Tomato Pizza

The lovely lady Anna and I,  faces glowing in humidity

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON : : AUG. 2011

Exterior of the Seattle Art Museum

Roomies reuniting in Seattle

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA : : AUG. 2011

View of San Fran from Lombard Street

Annie Danger and I at the base of the windiest street in the world

Decor of China Town

Alcatraz sighting in the bay

Message of the Mission

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA : : AUG. 2011

Kaili and I playing with a sculpture park illusion

Minne’s Spoon and Cherry sculpture

Bridge wisdom

CANNON BEACH, OREGON : : AUG. 2011

Sunny day at the seashore

My puppy dog, Sadie Hawkins, hiding out in the tall sea grass

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA : : SEPT. 2011

Jackson Square

Intricate bead-work of a chief suit

Taking a shot at General Lee

Draping Oaks

NOLA pride: Abita beer and the Saints logo in the distance

Cafe Du Monde, possible location of heaven on Earth

DMZ/JSA/NORTH KOREA : : OCT. 2011

South Korean guards standing in a kill stance in the Joint Security Area between North and South Korea

The flagpole carrying the weight of the heaviest flag in the world in North Korea

Peering into another world

HONG KONG : : DEC. 2011 (COMING SOON)

For more photographs of my travels and Korean life, visit my Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seafaringwoman/

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For the Record

With gay marriage being legal in Iowa and all (yeah, we Midwesterners are more progressive than ye Californians), I figured I would get this off my chest…Natasha Khan, I will switch teams for you, anytime, any day, anywhere.

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Seriously.

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Greetings from Iowa

Now that I’m cozy in my new, slightly over-priced “apartment” in the metropolis that is Des Moines, I must admit that it feels surprisingly refreshing to be back amongst the snow flurries and overly friendly folk that generally make up the population of the Midwest. Already my skin is beginning to dry, begging for intense moisturizing cream as it cracks from the harsh environment I seemingly surround myself in. My friends, those who I have re-connected with at least, are basically the same as I left them, but perhaps with a few solid drunk tales I have yet to be privy to and the notable gossipy deets about everyone and anyone. Even the cafe I worked at (and by worked at what I really mean is lived in) has remained true to form, and utterly perfect in my eyes, with the exception of some slight price increases and menu changes.

I’m not exactly one to put the state of Iowa on a pedestal (and trust me, there are those that will by simply mentioning that one movie about baseball and a field), but I will say that it feels great to be back here. My heart is oddly at ease and strangely enough I’m starting to feel as though I have made it home. Don’t tell Portland this though because it just might break her heart. So I suppose, without further ado, I say “Greetings from Iowa. You should come and visit”.

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