July in Seoul

July in Seoul

July was quite an exciting month for me. I don’t really know where to begin, so I’ll start with the Fourth of July and end with Vietnam. The Fourth of July wasn’t anything major, I just wore red, white and blue, hung out with friends and teased James because he’s British.

One of my coworkers and I on July 4.

One of my coworkers and I on July 4.

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James and myself. AMURKA.

My friend Matt and myself celebrating with beer that TASTED LIKE THE BLOOD OF BALD EAGLES AND KENNY CHESNEY.

My friend Matt and myself celebrating with beer that TASTED LIKE THE BLOOD OF BALD EAGLES AND KENNY CHESNEY.

I watched a lot of World Cup games during July and stayed up way too late in order to do so. While we’re on the subject of America, my old coworker and dear friend Chuck and I went all out for the America/Germany game last July as well.

MURKA.

MURKA.

One of the greatest things that happened in July was Sydney returned to Korea for like one hour and we had lunch. I can’t remember if this event actually took place in July or June, but I’ve completed June so I’ll just say it happened in July.

FAMILY MEAL.

FAMILY MEAL. GOODBYE, SYDNEY. HOPE CALIFORNIA SUCKS.

I love this woman so much.

I love this woman so much. I cried moments after taking this picture.

My students continued to be the cutest.

As always, this is the result of me asking them to

As always, this is the result of me asking them to “smile nicely.”

My fourth grade students thought it would be a believable move to write

My fourth grade students thought it would be a believable move to write “NO ESSAY” on the board one day. If only they’d spelled it correctly…

And last but not least: my trip to Vietnam. I went with my friend Jen and we basically ate the entire time while we looked at pretty scenery. I’m kidding, we did other things, but we mainly just ate every 15 minutes. We stayed at Hanoi Backpackers Downtown, which was great, but definitely somewhere you want to go if you want to party. A lot of the people who stay there are Europeans on a “gap year,” which is something I wish was common in America. Despite the constant partying, the hostel was a great place to meet people and have a good time.

Bye, Korea!

Bye, Korea!

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The hostel had new inspirational quotes each day. Although it's cheesy, I enjoyed it.

The hostel had new inspirational quotes each day. Although it’s cheesy, I enjoyed it.

Taken from the entrance of our hostel.

Taken from the entrance of our hostel.

Our first day.

Our first day.

“So what happens if I crash this?”

Blending in well.

Blending in well.

Met this quirky 19-year-old Australian in our room.

Met this quirky 19-year-old Australian in our room.

After a few days in Hanoi, Jen and I decided to take an overnight cruise on Halong Bay. It was a lot of fun and seriously stunning. This world is truly magical.

Halong Bay.

Halong Bay.

Jumping off our boat.

Jumping off our boat.

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Our room on the boat.

Our room on the boat.

After one night of sleeping on the water, we cruised to an island called Castaway Bay, which is owned by the Vietnam Backpackers hostel franchise. We slept in huts on the beach! In retrospect, it reminded me a bit of The Beach.

Our hut.

Our hut.

The view from our hut.

The view from our hut.

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After this particular trip, we decided we wanted something a bit more relaxing. We stayed another night in Hanoi before heading out to Mai Chau, a rural tribe community in Northwest Vietnam. It was a beautiful and eye opening experience. The people in this community were so poor, yet so happy warm, which is the general vibe I received from the Vietnamese people I met. We rode bicycles and motorbikes through rice fields and mountains and experienced a few minor injuries along the way. 

Our homestay room.

Our homestay room.

The view from our homestay room.

The view from our homestay room.

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I got into a minor accident and this man helped drive me to my destination.

I got into a minor accident and this man helped drive me to Hoa Binh Lake, my destination.

On the boat on the way to the lake.

On the boat on the way to the lake.

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When we came back to Hanoi, we decided to wander around downtown and check out local museums. We went to Hanoi’s history museum which was small but very informative at the same time. We concluded the day with one last night out, which basically just turned into us having dinner and getting stuck in a torrential (seriously) downpour. 10580251_10202472658125266_262364539071454659_n10524633_10202472657845259_2775499806267554320_n10574368_10202472659005288_2202431163517403143_n10435097_10202472659765307_3655268559582726774_n

Our tour guide.

Our tour guide.

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STEELER PLANET.

STEELER PLANET.

Last dinner in Hanoi.

Last dinner in Hanoi.

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So much rain.

So much rain.

All in all, it was a seriously great trip filled with great food and excellent company.

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