Category Archives: Holiday Spirited

A Winter in Korea, Day 2 – Christmas Day Trip to Pyeongchang

It was our second full day in Korea and Matt, my friend and host, had the day off from work. I know that our next holy holiday is almost upon as I write this in April but it happened on Christmas, but you already know my excuses if you’ve been following along: school, work.

Well, anyway, in all my research for this trip, I really wanted to do one thing: ice fishing! And since there was only one ice fishing festival happening while we were there, Pyeongchang Trout Festival it was.

Oh, it’s also home to our next winter Olympic Games! Awkwardly enough, I had mistaken Sochi to be in Korea for the longest time until only a few days after they begun. Well, Sochi sounds Korean in my defense…

Moving on… so, we took the bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Jinbu. I couldn’t really find much in English, but ask a helpful, friendly employee to get you in the right place. We found that may speak English but may not always respond in English. There are several buses a day that depart to Jinbu, which is about a 7 minute walk to the festival location along the stream. I want to say the bus ticket was under $20 per person, maybe even under $15.

Christmas ice fishing in Pyeongchang after the jump >>

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A Korean Winter Vacation, Day 1 – Seoul

Taiwan, Taiwan, Taiwan… I’ve been there many times over the years of my life. So, I decided I needed a getaway trip while I was on the other side of the country. What better place to go then a place with friends? Hello, freezing-ass cold Korea!

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Well, after we got in, we took the bus and headed up to my friend Matt’s house. Then, got some dinner!

The next day, we started off on our own….

Our first day in Seoul after the jump >>

Itinerary Day Five in Belize: Mayans Ruins in Tikal, Guatemala

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There’s nothing like getting a double stamp in your passport on a monumental anniversary of birth. My friends and I woke up at the incredible hour of 5:00AM to commiserate with another family of tourists for our long shuttle ride into Guatemala. Tikal National Park – here we come.

Photos of our trip to Tikal National Park >>

Gingerbread Men Invade – Food Porn Quicky

Gingerbread men overtook my counter yesterday. Okay, Already Been Chewed gingerbread men…. Thanks Martha Stewart – recipe is taken from her Martha Stewart Baking Handbook. Royal Icing also a la Martha.

Independent Tubing – Provo River on July 4th

Post-dislocated shoulder only allows me to tube the Provo River! Here’s a recap of the event…

Make sure you got your tube.

More on one-arm tubing after the jump >>

Another Fine Forage – Food Porn Quicky with Mom

Another fine dinner at Forage – with mom, this time around. It was a late, late mother’s day dinner… because I was off gallivanting around the East Coast during the real deal.

On with the (food) porn! Yeesh, I feel so dirty saying typing that…

Forage in photos after the jump >>

Christmas Ideas – Hot Chocolate on a Stick

This year, for Christmas, I had this crazy notion in October (yep, definitely October as I sat on the van floor while we drove South drinking tea in the middle of the night looking for a spot to camp – Dirty Devil adventure) to create special blends of tea for office giving and then some others. But as my mind likes to do, my thoughts rambled on… What if they don’t take caffeine? What if they only like herbal? What if they don’t drink tea at all?

HOT CHOCOLATE! Why not do a custom blended tea in addition to hot chocolate? Well, boy did I ever think I was a creative genius when I thought of hot chocolate on a stick… but no. I googled it and found many, many sites on the topic. Apparently, Oprah named it as one of her favorite things! *If anyone can discover something ingenious, it’s Oprah.

How to make hot chocolate on a stick >>