New York to Seoul

Friday. My friend Jesse and I headed off to Seoul for a week of eating and fun.

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Morning champagne!

Saturday. Met some local friends for dinner.

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Sunday. Had some delicious noodles on a cold cold cold day.

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Did some shopping in Myeong Dong. Grabbed some street food.

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We also went to a cat cafe.

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Last week in Colombia, 3rd visit to Andres D.C.

Thursday. We went to Bogota Beer Company for beers before dinner at Andres D.C.

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We headed to Andres for dinner. Our third time! We made sure to tell them it was Jeff’s birthday.

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IMG_1477We were joined by some friends from Cartagena!

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Tried aguardiente. It’s basically licorice flavoured fire water.

 

Friday. Lunch of empanadas and Ajiaco soup. I’m going to miss those delicious avocados.

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Love the abundance of avocados!

 

Last bit of sightseeing before we head home.

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And that’s a wrap!

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Home to New York! Boy is it cold compared to Bogota!

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Looking forward to next weekend..

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Weekending in Cartagena

We arrived in Cartagena and was immediately greeted by the humidity! Steamy!

We booked a place on Air bnb. It was a old convent turned bed and breakfast. Originally, the room was suppose to be a single double bed. We got upgraded to a bigger room with two beds, bathroom and balcony with a view of the ocean!

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Convent turned bnb. The place was part museum, antique store, University, office space.

032408 411 We wandered out for a late dinner and stumbled upon El Boliche Cevicheria.

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We had a few BBC beers and delicious fresh ceviche. I didn’t get pictures of the food!

Saturday. We started the day with a free walking tour. Boy was it hot!

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Different door knockers symbolizes different households. Lizard meant royalty, fishes meant they were in the fishing business etc.

For lunch we stopped at Cevicheria. It was featured on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain. Ironically, we passed by the restaurant during our walking tour and saw the owner!

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We hopped on a city tour of Cartagena in the afternoon.

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We went to a Cuban bar for happy hour. And we made some new friends. Bar hopped and salsa danced the rest of the night.

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Sunday. My state in the morning. Headache. Coconut Water. Hydrate.

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Had a fantastic weekend in Cartagena. Highly recommend visiting!

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Relaxing Sunday, Exploring Outside of Bogota

Who gets up earlier on a Sunday than a weekday?! Crazy people

We do. Especially when it involves arepas, hot springs and chocolate facials.

A colleague from the local office took us to a hot springs outside of Bogota. The scenery from the drive was beautiful plus the weather was gorgeous.

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We asked the soldier for a pic!

The hot springs was super ‘local’. I assume people understand when I say it’s so “local”. It’s the opposite of so many tourists?

The place was super busy. First, we dipped into the main pool. The water comes from the nearby hot springs. We then sat inside the steam room. Followed by a cold shower. We made our way back outside, this time to the super hot pool. To cool off, a even colder outdoor shower. Repeat.

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We each had a one hour hot stone massage and chocolate facial to end the day. Fabulous.

Traffic was crazy on the way back. We stopped by a super local restaurant for some food and sopa to warm up since the temperature had dropped.

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Hola Colombia! First time in South America

Colombia. My first work trip of the year. And to a continent I’ve never been before!

Lobby of Hotel Bogota Marriott

Everyday, a designated van shuffled us to and from the office (which took approx 30 mins, depending on traffic). The local office is in a nice part of town. The little bakery where we pass each morning smells delicioso! The aroma just makes you weak to your knees.

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Lots of work during the week. Work and wine-ing in the evenings.

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Working and red wine-ing

A little Thursday night unwinding. Drinks and sushi.460461 Friday. We went to dinner at Andres DC. The restaurant was filled with so many things on the wall, super eclectic.

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The food was delicious too! or maybe it tasted even better after a week of eating in the hotel. There was a band going around to each table playing a song for whoever was celebrating their birthdays. What a great restaurant. The food and the atmosphere was so much fun!

Coordinated Friday outfits.
Coordinated Friday outfits.

We left with sombreros and honorary house guest sash.

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We passed by a restaurant on our way to the salt cathedral where we ended up stopping for lunch after checking out the cathedral. What a fun and eclectic place! The owner is a collector of all things. And all things are for sale. The mojarette was delicious. The appetizer came with chorizo, blood sausages, potatoes and arenas. The arepas was slightly sweeter compared to last night but so delicious!522

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Wrapping up our day trip with a little wine

Friday night. Girls night with Claudia x 2. We went to Matildenina which was down the street from Andres. The place was filled with people dancing. A live band came on at midnight!

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Recap of December 2014

Apologies for going ‘backwards’ in time. December was a fun filled month. I ran another 10K.

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My sister came to visit for a week. The first night she arrived, we went to Katz Deli for dinner. Half pastrami and half corned beef. Side of split pea soup.
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We also visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Also flatiron

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Blue bottle coffee located in the basement of Rockefeller

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At the Ace Hotel

Dinner at BCD tofu house in Ktown

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Taking the tram into the city
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Some really good coffee from Stumptown. It’s located right beside the Ace Hotel.
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Cupcake shops weren’t open on Christmas day but the cupcake ATM was fully functional! Bought a few cupcakes to bring to the hot pot part on Christmas day.

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