Seoul (again)

On my third visit to Seoul, I wasn't alone. Arno and I traveled from Beijing to spend five days and four nights in one of my favorite cities. Because I'd been there twice already alone, there were places I wanted to go with another person and so we did. We also ate too much and drank too much and I'd do it all again. 

 The view from Namsan Tower

The view from Namsan Tower

 We had perfect weather

We had perfect weather

 Birthday girl unprepared for her own photoshoot.

Birthday girl unprepared for her own photoshoot.

 Locks of love

Locks of love

 Korean food is my jam, for real.

Korean food is my jam, for real.

 This is a staged photo. I made him walk across the bridge so many times. 

This is a staged photo. I made him walk across the bridge so many times. 

 Presentation *Kisses fingers*

Presentation *Kisses fingers*

 About the extent of my ballroom dancing skills.

About the extent of my ballroom dancing skills.

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 Do I look smug? I shouldn't! Burned my mouth two seconds later.

Do I look smug? I shouldn't! Burned my mouth two seconds later.

 We found Chad. He was hanging out in an Indian restaurant in Insadong

We found Chad. He was hanging out in an Indian restaurant in Insadong

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Shanghai

Shanghai is a truly international city. I could see the outside influences everywhere, but especially in the architecture. It's beautiful, frenetic, and a little overwhelming. I went with my coworker, Abby, a quiet, young Chinese woman whose easy-going and see-the-good-in-everything nature made her the best travel companion. 

 I love the mash of time & culture in this picture.

I love the mash of time & culture in this picture.

 Lovely. What you can't see is the crush of people behind me.

Lovely. What you can't see is the crush of people behind me.

 We took these organic coconuts on the train!

We took these organic coconuts on the train!

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 Abby & her best friend. They took me to Beer Lady, a famous beer spot. 

Abby & her best friend. They took me to Beer Lady, a famous beer spot. 

 The world famous Oriental Pearl Tower

The world famous Oriental Pearl Tower

 Outside Moller Villa 

Outside Moller Villa 

 The Bund at night

The Bund at night

 Soup dumplings. I never knew love like this. 

Soup dumplings. I never knew love like this. 

 Sending a postcard to the future. Set to go out January 5, 2018.

Sending a postcard to the future. Set to go out January 5, 2018.