New Year, New Adventures!
It’s hard to believe that we could have a more exciting year than we did in 2011. In 2011 we watched our beautiful friends Carly and Jon get married, I graduated grad school, we got married, we traveled to the Caribbean, moved to Korea and welcomed a new nephew into the world! While 2011 had its fair share of sadnesses and disappointments too, I think overall we came out on top. But I have a feeling 2012 will be equally as memorable! Two of my childhood best friends, Alison and Nicole, will marry two amazing guys, and we are living out our dream of travelling the world, something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and the opportunities yet to come.
We spent our last day of 2011 in Seoul with two new Korean friends, which seems a beautifully fitting way to end the year and usher in the new one to me! We all went and saw the new Mission Impossible movie at an amazing Imax theatre, and then they took us to one of their favorite restaurants, where we had some delicious (award-winning, literally) spicy chicken hot pot soup. After dinner we went to a bar and taught each other drinking games, and we learned that they both taught themselves English watching American television shows like Friends and Sex in the City. Isn’t that amazing? I think there might be hope for me yet in conquering a foreign language, if they could teach themselves when they were in their twenties! We sadly had to part ways a little before midnight, because the subways stop running at 11:30 and we were all afraid of getting stranded. They headed back to Gwangju, and we went to stay at Andrew’s apartment, which was empty since he was still in the U.S. Luckily, we made it back to his place just in time to see the clock hit midnight and make our new years resolutions!
New Years Day we were planning on “picking up” Andrew at the airport in the evening (really just meeting him there, since none of us have cars), and since the airport is in the city of Incheon we decided to spend the day there. Incheon has a very famous Chinatown, and when we got there we could see why! It was really beautiful, and we had some amazing Chinese food.
We had such a blast exploring a new city, and it felt like we stepped out of Korea for the day into an even more foreign culture. If any of you ever find yourself in Incheon, do yourself a favor and give yourself time to explore Chinatown–you will not regret it! I was already feeling pretty blissed out from the thrill of a new city, and then the best part of the day happened–Andrew came back! We’re so happy to have our third wheel back, even if it is just temporarily. It was such a great day, and what a great way to kick off the new year!