On the wall around Graceland, during my birthday trip there in 2011 with Jonathan, Alissa, and Kate. (After this picture was taken, I can clearly remember Kate saying, “Was the hand thing really necessary?” Yes. Always.)
On the grass near the port in Galway, on one bright, sunny Irish morning. (So green.)
At the end of my visit to Gyeongbokgung, Jonathan and I saw some flags being carried through the main square by people wearing traditional Korean clothing. We rushed over, even though neither Jon nor I had any idea what was going on. Once we saw the swords and heard the music, we cleverly deduced that this was probably a changing of the guard ceremony.
On my first morning in Seoul, South Korea, Jon and I headed for Gyeongbokgung — the largest palace in Seoul and recommended to us by a friend. This was my first visit to East Asia and I was beyond excited to explore.
When we booked the tickets, I don’t think Jon or I anticipated how cold it would be in Seoul so let me be clear: it was cold. Since we were on the way to New Zealand (where it was the dead of beach season), I wasn’t totally mentally prepared for the level of cold (and wind!!) we faced each day. I brought many layers (though I only wore two pairs of pants each day…one less than Jon’s mom while in Ireland).
Jon switched to a hat that covered his ears about 10 seconds after this picture was taken.
At the airport in Seoul, we stopped to get Jon some lunch. Here is where we ended up.
On the wall next to the register, there was a giant poster advertising the Double Down, which, you may or may not know, is a chicken sandwich without any bread, two kinds of cheese, special sauce, and bacon.