2014 was spectacular!
After visiting my family in Hawaii for Christmas, I flew back to Seoul where I celebrated the new year in Hongdae with fireworks, dancing, and friends. I celebrated Buddha’s birthday in Busan and spent the summer biking the Han river, and wandering the streets of Seoul. At summer’s end, I said tearful goodbyes to my beloved Korean students, coworkers, and friends. I bathed elephants in Thailand and cooked Thai food with a friend I’ve now seen on 3 continents. I sweated buckets while I defended myself from monkeys in Kuala Lumpur. I rode a ferry across Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong, and partied on a junk boat. I reunited with one of my oldest and dearest friends in Los Angeles and showed her the glories of soju and Korean barbecue and got my first soju hangover in the US. I took the amtrak train to San Francisco and stared at the wondrous California coastline and made friends with America again. I biked across the Golden Gate bridge and rode for another 2 and a half days on the California Zephyr from SF to Chicago. I ate my first and last Chicago dog at a Cubs game, went to a block party with my cousin, and finally took the megabus back to my family and to my hometown in Ohio. I visited my alma mater and reunited with dear friends from college and from studying abroad in Italy. I celebrated Thanksgiving with my extended family for the first time in many years and I saw my nation’s capital. I turned 25 in December and rented a car for the first time to visit a much-loved returned traveler. To my family and friends–old and new– who made 2014 what it was, I am without words. I am filled with gratitude and love for all of you. I’m planning some big stuff for 2015 and though I know it will inevitably turn out way differently than I can imagine, I am wired with positive anticipation.
Here’s an excerpt of some of my 2014 blog stats:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,000 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.
Click here to see the complete report. Thanks for reading along and Happy New Year!!!