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2013 in Photos: Goodbye Korea, Hello Colombia, and some stops in between

2013 in Photos: Goodbye Korea, Hello Colombia, and some stops in between

Maybe it’s the tropical climate, or maybe all the shuffling around, but it’s hard to believe that Christmas is in a few days and we’re nearing the end of 2013. Also, I just realized that I’ve been blogging for two years, and I have published 200 entries. Insane! I spent a couple hours this morning reading...
Instagram as a visual diary

Instagram as a visual diary

Seoul, South Korea: Buddha’s Birthday lanterns. Love it or hate it, call it photography or not, there’s something romantic about Instagram. Captured spur of the moment with a smartphone, these digitally-enhanced, square-formatted images are both visually appealing and a great tool for documentation. For about a year, I’ve been uploading photos on Instagram, and in some...
Prayers and fortune telling at a Taoist temple

Prayers and fortune telling at a Taoist temple

“Before we eat dinner at the night market, we’re going to pray,” Olivia’s mom said as we stopped in front of a Taoist temple in Taichung. My Taiwanese friend Olivia turned to me, “We’re only doing this because you’re here. We rarely go to the temple.” I smiled, thinking about all the times my parents...
Secrets of Taroko

Secrets of Taroko

After a few days in Taichung, my Taiwanese friend Olivia and I traveled to Hualien, a naturally-preserved, remote beach town on Taiwan’s east coast. The sun was shining, the air was crisp, and we spent a few days biking, walking along the beach and drinking beers on the rocks, while listening to the waves crashing...
Stinky Tofu and Sweet and Sour Soup: dinner in a Taiwanese night market

Stinky Tofu and Sweet and Sour Soup: dinner in a Taiwanese night market

“Sarah must be used to living in Korea; she’s taking pictures of her food,” Olivia’s dad commented as we were eating snacks in the night market in Taichung. Olivia, a Taiwanese friend that I met in college, translated for me, and I laughed, setting my camera down and admitting that he was 100% correct. Ever...
A traditional Taiwanese market in Taichung [pics]

A traditional Taiwanese market in Taichung [pics]

I stayed with my friend Olivia and her family for five days in Taichung. One day, Olivia, her mom, and I strolled through a traditional market, where her mom would buy some ingredients for dinner. I love visiting markets and grocery stores throughout the world, because I am constantly intrigued by varying atmospheres and types...
Skipping along Daxi Old Street

Skipping along Daxi Old Street

Okay, I didn’t really skip–since my backpack, seemingly filled with bricks, was weighing me down, but my friend Alicia and I did stroll along the street.  A few weeks ago, on spur of the moment, I booked a flight to Taiwan, taking advantage of some free time between ending my job and relocating to a...
2012 In Photos: the year that I never fully unpacked

2012 In Photos: the year that I never fully unpacked

Last year I summarized my travels through a photo essay called, 2011 In Photos: a year of transition and travel, so I decided to do the same for 2012. This year, thanks to my three extensive vacations and a slew of Adventure Korea-sponsored weekend trips, I never fully unpacked, continually leaving items throughout various backpacks...
Drinking Tea and Staying Healthy Abroad

Drinking Tea and Staying Healthy Abroad

“Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.” ~ Chinese Proverb. Last week, I blogged about a visit to the Boseong tea plantations in Jeollanam-do, South Korea, and it inspired me to write about my overflowing cupboards of tea. As I’ve traveled through east Asia, I’ve collected various types of tea. I...
Strolling around Lotus Lake in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Strolling around Lotus Lake in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

I visited Kaohsiung, a city located in southern Taiwan, to couchsurf with my host, Alicia, and her family.  Alicia is 25 years old and has lived in Taiwan her entire life. I was quite surprised to hear her speak flawless English with an American accent! Since I couchsurfed during the week-long Chinese New Year vacation,...
Snapshots from Taiwan

Snapshots from Taiwan

I spent two weeks in Taiwan last January. Although two weeks is not a lot of time, I traveled to three different cities (Taipei, Taichung and Khaosiung) and explored areas around those large cities. I glimpsed local Taiwanese culture by staying with a family for four days via couchsurfing, and I met friends in hostels...
Tastes of Taiwan

Tastes of Taiwan

I’m obsessed with food. When I travel, I’m constantly eyeing street food, scrutinizing packages of mysterious snacks in convenience stores and pointing to random dishes on the menu in restaurants. In my opinion, trying local cuisine is essential to learning about a culture. In Taiwan, I was overwhelmed with delicious dishes and vast assortments of...