Travel-Stained Monthly Recap: May 2016
We started this month in spring, and ended it in summer. The last week hasn’t been very pleasant, with super polluted air and public health warnings, but overall I’d say this is one of the best springs I’ve ever experienced in Seoul. The dreaded hwangsa, or yellow dust, only covered the sky for a few days this month, and most of the time, it was clear, blue skies and bright, warm sunshine.
We took full advantage of the better than normal weather by spending as much time outside as possible. Sunset strolls by the Han River, coffees on patios and walks around the city took up much of our May.
Now though, temperatures are already climbing into the 30s and the humidity is on the rise. It’s just a matter of time before the monsoon rains and insane heat appear. Ugh. I have to say, summer is definitely not my favourite time of the year in Korea. Fortunately, we won’t have to suffer through it at all this year. 🙂
More on that later…
Does life ever slow down? It sure doesn’t feel like it.
We had another super-busy month, with my parents rolling into town for a visit. My dad wasn’t here under very happy circumstances (getting treatment for slipped discs and chronic back pain), but my mom had a blast reconnecting with her newest granddaughter.
One big advantage of having grandma in town is free babysitting, and at her urging, hubby and I spent a night out at the Seoul Arts Centre, watching Riccardo Muti, of La Scala fame, conducting the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra playing symphonies by Schubert and Tchaikovsky. And despite Agri calling intermission, “halftime,” he was actually the one who knew who Riccardo Muti was, not me.
Muti was super-entertaining, so very Italian in his conducting, and a pleasure to watch. We followed the first real “date night,” we’ve had in awhile with chi-mek, a Korean institution (fried chicken and beer), of course. :p
This month, we also had a chance to meet up with bloggers Cheryl and Basil from Two Brown Feet, one of the blogs we follow. We started out meeting for brunch, but that quickly turned into an all-day affair, with a stroll around Garosugil, relaxing next to the Han River, and indulging in some Korean barbecue together.
Isn’t it wonderful when you meet complete “strangers,” and you feel like you’ve already known each other forever? 🙂
In celebration of our upcoming summer plans, and the meal I’ve wanted to eat for the last 4 years, the post I’m recommending is 7 Memorable Dining Experiences From Around the World. You can guess which dish I’ll be eating the moment I land. 🙂
The post was written way back in 2013, just as we were heading to India near the end of our year-long RTW journey, and had the honour of being selected as the Wanderlust Travel Magazine Blog of the Week.
In May, though most of our IG consisted of pics of our road trip around the southern part of the peninsula, as well as expat life in Seoul, the most popular photo was from Canada.
And I didn’t even take it.
It’s a pic my mom took of Lake Louise at half-melt. The colour of the water is unbelievable under normal circumstances (the sight of it caused Agri to propose to me immediately – haha), but this is truly nature at it’s absolute best.
COMING UP IN JUNE
In just 4 short days, we’ll be hopping on a plane bound for Roma, one of my most favourite cities on earth. It’s the first long-haul flight we’ll be taking with our suddenly super-active, unable to sit still, hands in everything, 8 month old, and it promises to be a doozy.
I’m praying and hoping that all the fabulous reviews I’ve read about traveling Korean Air with a baby turn out to be true, otherwise, it’s going to be a very long 11 hours. Whatever the case, you’ll be sure to read all about it. 🙂
There’ll be lots of quality time with Nonna Vjollca, introducing Naia to her European family, revisiting favourite cities, eating gelato and hopefully exploring some new parts of a continent I have dearly missed.
Our “plans,” include a possible road trip around France to visit friends, beach time on a Greek island, and a big fat Albanian wedding, but our itinerary is, as yet, still mostly up in the air. Whatever we end up doing though, it’s sure to be a summer to remember…
What are your favourite places to visit in Europe? Any suggestions for where to go, what to see and what to do? Give us your tips in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!