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Bukchon Hanok Village Architecture Tour

Bukchon Hanok Village Architecture Tour

Walking down the winding streets of South Korea never gets old. It took me a while but I finally visited the Bukchon Hanok Village. The hanoks (traditional Korean homes) were just as beautiful in real life as the pictures. I’ve stayed overnight in a Hanok before. I talk about it in this post. But this time I went to the famed Bukchon Hanok Village. It’s where all the noble families lived during the the Joseon Dynasty era of Korea. Now…

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My First Airport Lounge Experience in Taipei Taiwan

My First Airport Lounge Experience in Taipei Taiwan

April marked my first visit to Taiwan. Check out the post here. I experienced another first last month. I visited my first airport lounge. You know. It’s the place where all the First Class passengers magically appear from at boarding time. Airport Lounge Location The lounge was the Plaza Premium Lounge, located inside the Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). There are four of these Plaza Premium Lounges in the airport. I stayed in the one located in Zone D of the…

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Taipei Taiwan: My First Visit

Taipei Taiwan: My First Visit

I had been planning to go back to South Korea for quite some time. While I love revisiting my favorite destinations, there’s something magical about a completely new one! I booked tickets with a layover in Taipei, Taiwan. A 12 hour layover to be exact. What do you do with all that time? Go on the Free Taiwan Half-Day Tour. I got a lot of info about the tour at the Taiwan booth of the New York Times Travel Show…

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Koreatown, Manhattan Travel Diary

Koreatown, Manhattan Travel Diary

Traveling doesn’t always mean hopping on a plane. I took the train into Manhattan recently. A friend wanted to experience Koreatown for the first time. Getting There Arrive at Grand Central Terminal. Take the # 6 Brooklyn bound (downtown) train. Get off at the 33rd street stop. Use the 32nd street exit. Walk from E32nd street to W32nd street. As you walk from E32nd to W32nd street, you become engulfed in all the hangul (Korean script) signs. Transport yourself out…

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Touring Grand Central Terminal

Touring Grand Central Terminal

I’m always rushing somewhere. That’s just part of my DNA, for better or for worse. I recently got the chance to slow down and explore more of Grand Central Terminal (Station) in Manhattan, New York. I wasn’t racing to catch a train and had time to just wander. Come with me. If you get lost on the way, use the terminal map. Lexington Passage This is a hallway filled with lots of different shops. There are a few familiar brands…

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South Korea Architecture -Old Meets New

South Korea Architecture -Old Meets New

One of the first things that strikes you about South Korea is the architecture. In the middle of bustling Seoul lies ancient architecture juxtaposed with tall modern skyscrapers. It’s that contrast that makes the country such a unique place to visit. Traditional The image seen below shows the attention to detail given to the majestic buildings that are part of the Gyeongbokgung palace complex. It wonderfully showcases the traditional Korean home architecture referred to as hanok. The painted parts are…

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How Much Does it Cost to Travel to South Korea?

How Much Does it Cost to Travel to South Korea?

So many people are deciding to travel to South Korea. They may have tried Korean fried chicken, learned about k-beauty or started listening to kpop. Whatever the reason, keep reading to see how much it actually costs to visit South Korea. Airfare If you are headed to South Korea from the US you will no doubt see Korean airlines, Chinese airlines and US airlines. Do your travel research. I can’t stress this enough. Rock bottom prices can mean really bad…

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Best NYC Attractions For Your Personality Type

Best NYC Attractions For Your Personality Type

There are so many places to visit in New York City. Your trip can’t last forever. Which New York City attraction will you enjoy seeing the most? Decide where to go based on your personality and what you like to do. Art Enthusiast Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)- My favorite place to explore is the famous Egyptian exhibit know as the Temple of Dendur. The scale of the room makes you feel as if you’ve been transported back to ancient…

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The Perfect New York City Weekend Trip

The Perfect New York City Weekend Trip

So many people are in love with New York City. I have to admit, it’s a pretty cool place. It’s a different city every time you visit. Nothing stays the same. Keep reading to see my recommendations for a weekend trip to NYC. Stay at a Swanky New York City Hotel One hotel I’d recommend is the Hotel Boutique Grand Central, run by the Club Quarters chain. The rooms were reasonably priced for the location. It is walking distance from…

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The Abundance of Art in Haiti

The Abundance of Art in Haiti

So many art forms surrounded me everywhere I went in Haiti. Artists found inspiration all around them. Boats, waterfalls, wildlife as well as the local people were displayed on many types of materials. There were artists who carved their designs into wooden bowls and urns, depicting life on the island. Wooden items, canvas and found items like metal scraps served as surfaces for paintings. Color and vibrancy filled every piece of artwork. Other artwork came from an unlikely source. Artwork…

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