Monthly Archives: January 2015

Hiking Cheonmasan

img_0923This weekend we decided to take Roo out for a hike. We haven’t been out since the fall and thought she could use an adventure. Although we walk Roo frequently I also thought it would be nice to get out of our normal paths in the neighborhood. img_0935One of our favorite hikes nearby is close to Gimpo airport and consists of a network of parks and easy trails around and up a small mountain. It’s a short 4 stops away on the train. Unfortunately when we got to the subway station we couldn’t convince Roo to get in her bag for the train ride – not surprising since we neglected to practice putting her in her bag since our last hike months ago. So with a change of plans we took a taxi to a mountain pretty close to us for a hike. img_0896img_0937The weather was surprisingly springy (what a mean trick for the end of January – we still have months) and we were happy for the respite from the cold and wind. As always, Roo and Ryan were bounding up the mountain while I slowly made my way up the steep hillside. Continue reading

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Yoga at Home

img_0880Other than lucking out with an occasional group of foreigners holding a free class on the Han River in the summer, all of the yoga classes here are either held in Korean or are also far, far away. So when we moved to Korea I started practicing almost entirely at home. I have been using an online streaming program (Gaiam TV) along with making up my own flows as a I go.

img_0883Sometimes yoga at home involves playing with the dog, which can be a plus or a minus depending on how likely it is I will become highly distracted and give belly rubs rather than do boat pose.

I have enjoyed the freedom to do whatever I want to do during class when I’m practicing in my living room. When something doesn’t seem to suit my body, I’m much less shy about modifying or even sitting it out in the privacy of my own living room. This is something that shouldn’t be a problem in a real class either, but I have noticed that it is just easier to not do something when no one else is going to see you not do it. Continue reading

A Quick Trip Home

Over my school break I was able to go home to Colorado for the first time in almost a year and a half. Ryan’s vacation schedule is a fraction of mine, so Ryan and Roo stayed behind in Korea.I hate the long flight and was crazy to agree to getting to Colorado after 19 hours of travel then promptly driving to Indiana (an 18 hour drive) to see family there. However my brother ended up not being able to get off work which gave me one day of recovery. Even through a jet-lagged fog, it was wonderful to get a day to spend in Colorado catching up with Carissa and Ryan’s family before heading to Indiana.

In Indiana, I had a measly four days to catch up with family, but got to see everyone and squeeze in a few yoga classes in between. The highlight of the party was of course the babies, my second cousins. IMG_7821 IMG_7806 IMG_7829 IMG_7824

All the baby-holding led to at least seven people forbidding Ryan and me to have babies while abroad. Opinions, opinions.

After a short visit, I flew back to Colorado to catch a bachelorette and engagement party for Elaine. She doesn’t get married til May, but we squeezed in all the parties while she was in Colorado visiting her fiance’s family so we could all go. I’m very grateful that I’m missing as little as possible while living half way around the world. Continue reading

The Last… Half of 2014

2014 led to a pretty strong standstill for the blog, but with a plethora of photos and nowhere to put them, a 2014 recap is in order.

In the fall I took two trips to Seoraksan, once with Ryan and friends, and once as a school trip. The first time we still caught the fall colors, although we were weeks past the rush on the designated “peak foliage” dates 🙂 Unfortunately, there was an intense fog. This hike was the same one we did last year (Ulsanbawi) with sweeping views over the sea and surrounding mountains, but this time we could hardly see past our hands. IMG_7147

IMG_7119The next day of our trip was nice and sunny, perfect for our walk through Heulimgol Valley. Continue reading