For a week I set out to conquer the megalopolis that is Tokyo. Many coffees were consumed, cafes visited, sushi feasts devoured, neighborhoods weaved through, boozy beverages downed, friends made, totoros found, dreams realized, love matierialized. Tokyo wooed me with its sexy, crazy, coolness and she was a costly lover, my week-long tryst was an adventure well worth every yen spent. Below are some of my favorite images captured during my time in Tokyo.
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
HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM : : FEB. 2011
Local dwellings of the Bay
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM : : FEB. 2011
MEKONG DELTA, VIETNAM : : FEB. 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA : : FEB. 2011
PENANG, MALAYSIA : : FEB. 2011
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA : : 2011
BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA : : JUNE 2011
Bidding farewell to the sun over Gwanggali
PORTLAND, OREGON : : JULY 2011
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS : : JULY 2011
DES MOINES, IOWA : : JULY 2011
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON : : AUG. 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA : : AUG. 2011
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA : : AUG. 2011
Kaili and I playing with a sculpture park illusion
CANNON BEACH, OREGON : : AUG. 2011
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA : : SEPT. 2011
DMZ/JSA/NORTH KOREA : : OCT. 2011
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/
I’ve been struggling to share the portion of my “odyssey” story set in Penang, Malaysia, an island off the northwest coast of the mainland. Though I’d like to claim that I’ve sat around trying desperately to craft up lovely prose detailing my full experience, the truth is I’ve been completely avoiding writing anything on the Internet about Penang and I’ve felt a bit silly about that because I seriously seem to share everything on the Internet–what I’m listening to, where I’m going, who I’m hanging out with, what I did last night, what I’m watching, etc.. I often joke that the Internet is my boyfriend and in far too many ways it’s sort of the truth, which I probably should be embarrassed about, but never am.
Anyway, back to what I was saying. Two months have passed since my Malaysian adventure and I still cannot put together what I want to say about a place that somehow changed me; everything I’ve conjured up, every tale I’ve even spouted in person or over Skype to friends and family doesn’t seem to be adequate or worthy of the place that I remember. What I’ve come to figure out is that I don’t really want to share my story of Penang with anyone, at least not on here or right now, because it’s an experience that I selfishly want to keep all to myself, like a secret hiding place that would be ruined if anyone else really knew it.
Recently I’ve been seriously considering pitching story ideas to travel magazines and perhaps that would be a forum worthy of my Penang, but in lieu of waiting for that to happen, I’ve decided to post some of my favorite photos from my time in there: not the full story, but just enough of a glimpse to spark your curiosity for what is contained in my secret hideaway.