Fall in Shanghai

Although I do love a hot Shanghai summer, fall is becoming my favorite season. The lack of smog, less humidity and plentiful places to eat and drink outside are all reasons why Shanghai fall is great. This week the air shifted – colder nights, and crisper mornings – as well as kids back at school has it feeling truly fall-ish. All I need now is some football!

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Restaurant week at the local Italian joint UVA.

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Beautiful days.

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Shanghai Bloggers event, a classy, good time.

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Another restaurant week reservation at el willy on the Bund – super fun food.

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80th birthday party on our apartment floor. Wild.

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Weekend away in Yixing.

 

To the big D (Denver) and Back Again

After lovely Nebraska, off to Denver we went. A ball game, great beer, a beautiful neighborhood and family and friends, to bad it had to end with a bittersweet goodbye (for now).

Into the mountains. Look at that sky…so amazing.

Denver Mountains

My babe and a pig before he ate the pig (a.k.a. barbecue)

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Coors Field: catching a hot afternoon game. An incredible, high scoring game.

Afternoon baseball game

My beautiful besties.

Friends, Arcade Bar

Missouri Summer

Missouri Summer

After two days in New York Kyle and I flew to Kansas City. From there we made our way to my Dad’s condo at Lake of the Ozarks. I didn’t know what to expect but was hoping for some settled peace and quiet. Luckily it was just that. Not too much running around or too many dinners out (which always seem to add up to too many while visiting home). The hardest decisions were something along the lines of whether to swim or read.

I often forget what a “clear” sky looks like. Even on sunny days in Shanghai there is a haze. You get used to it, but after going home you really see (and breathe) what you’re missing. I apologize in advance to too many pictures that have to do with the sky.

Sun and clouds

Lake of the Ozarks‘Murica!

Amurica!

Lake of the Ozarks near Camdenton

That dang dead armadillo

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An American Vacation

Kyle and I took our short, short, short trip home.  It was the first vacation we had in a long time.  It was excellent and really not that sad.   It was great to see our family and friends and was filled with happy times and delicious food.  I definitely did not get to spend enough time with my family and definitely did not eat enough crab rangoons when I was back, but now I guess I have something to look forward to next time!

The only sad part about it was being back in Korea and not with family.  I am happy to come back to Korea and am looking forward to what this next year holds but that does not mean that I do not miss things from home.

Here are a few pictures from the time at home:

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Airport drinks: help to knock you out on the 12 hour flight.
My adorable niece and gorgeous sister!
A view from Kyle's garage (he's scraping the car). Way too cold for me - but pretty!
A night at Dad's house.
With the crazy siblings! This photo could possibly be on the website "Awkward Family Photos"...what do you think?!?
And with my Momma!

Thanks for the great times everyone and I miss you tons and love you!

Japanese Food

While in Japan Kyle and I ate a lot of ramen because it was inexpensive, easy, and delicious.  We also tried a few other things including sushi.  I don’t have any sushi pictures.  The sushi was fresh and tasty but I wasn’t blown away by it.  There was whale sushi but I did not try any.  Whaling is a big issue in and outside of Japan.  I thought it would be wrong to try it.

One night we tried yakitori which is different meat that is skewered and cooked over a small charcoal grill.  The meat is usually chicken, beef, or pork and is seasoned exceptionally well.  To my surprise I thought the pork yakitori was the best.  The yakitori restaurant seemed like a small neighborhood joint.  A good place to have a few beers and eat a local dish.

Another scrumptious surprise was something like a tiny runza.  I didn’t catch the name of this morsel but it reminded me of a dumpling with a doughier shell.  The dough was chewy and a bit sweet and the inside was filled with seasoned and cooked meat and onions.   It was the closest thing that I have had to a runza since leaving Nebraska.  This was a snack that I’m glad Kyle grabbed right before we the left the train station.

I wish I would have gotten more than three!