Family Trip to Ecola Bay, Oregon

Everyone says they love beaches, but the beaches along the Oregon coast aren't the ones I think most people imagine. The rocky landscapes along my home state's coastline are popular because of their rock formations, foggy tendencies, and gorgeous forests that but right up to the sea. This particular beach isn't far from where The Goonies was filmed, if you know it.

To get to the beach, there is first a small hike through some gorgeous Oregon forest. It was pretty foggy in the morning; it's pretty normal for the Oregon coast. Pretty, right?

We set up a spot on the sand, I posed for a dorky photo, and then my sister and I hiked off into the distance to play in the tide pools and rocks.

Being back in my hometown and back in the Pacific NW was amazing. It rekindled my love of the area and the scenery, but it also made me a little sad because I know, even if I decided right this moment that I wanted to move back, it wouldn't work. Not right now. Maybe in the future I will end up there, but for now I have to keep on like I am.

Anyway, if you have a chance to visit the Oregon coast--any part of it--do it. I can't think of a single place along the state that I've visited and thought wasn't worth it.

And Here We Go

I resurfaced about a month ago, and then disappeared. My reasoning was good--I flew home from Seoul to Portland to visit friends, see family, eat too much food, and remember just how clean the air in the Pacific NW really is. I barely had time to see all the people I wanted to see, let alone even think about scouting out wifi and blogging. But now I'm back in Seoul, I feel revitalized and ready to take on my second year in Korea with a vengeance.

I'm gonna share some Oregon highlights from my trip (I only got home a few days ago!) and then I want to make more of an effort to visit new places in Seoul so I can share them with you guys.

Stay tuned!

I'm in Love with This Dress

I just recently bought this dress at a Korean clothing market and I love it. I'm already sad because I can tell the fabric is the kind that won't stand the test of time and I will have to say goodbye to it long before I'm ready.

Don't worry. I'll make sure to take some outfit photos wearing this sweet, sweet dress as soon as I can, friends.

Out and About in Dongdaemun

Though the summer heat+humidity combo is slowly killing me here in Korea, sometimes I still go outside and see what there is to see. A friend and I went to the Dongdaemun Digital Design Plaza to wander around the crazy architecture piece. We only managed to stay outside for about thirty minutes before seeking shelter.

Photo from the Korea Herald website.

It looks like a space ship, right? Crazy cool building, honestly. Inside are some art exhibitions that change regularly. Here are a few more bright and sunny snapshots from the day.

In an effort to escape the heat, we walked along Cheonggyecheon AKA Cheongye Stream (Korean doesn't transliterate well into English sometimes!) for a while. And then we called it quits and found a building with air conditioning!

Bonus: This tiny picture has a tiny Sarah in it.

My Coworkers and I

Last school year (AKA the first six months I was here) I was reasonably happy at work. This year, when most of the staff at the school switched positions (this tends to happen yearly in Korea and no, it doesn't work particularly well), I ended up with two of my favorite people in the building. I'm looking forward to the next 8 months of getting to work with these ladies because we get along well and act like idiots together.

I think there are about 200 hundred photos from the hour and a half we spent at this place (because that's how Koreans roll). I look like a total idiot in 99.6% of them. If you don't believe me, just scroll down...